Transfer at Jamaica

[Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
Traffic congestion is plaguing major cities all over the world. With the rise of ride-share apps, the pressure on our roads continues to grow. At the same time, transit ridership is in decline. It can not compete anymore with the low cost and convenience of a shared or personal vehicle. One of the reasons of the decline, is the required time and effort to change transit modes. It is not uncommon for a commuter to bike to the train station, take a train, transfer to a bus, and walk to his destination. But what if they can’t park their bike at the train station? And what if the bus dropoff requires a 5 minute walk from the train station?

A multi-modal transit hub is the most efficient method of connecting different mobility modes. The goal is to make changing modes as fluid and painless as possible. As opposed to many train stations, where gradually other modes have been added to, in a multi-modal hub, none of the modes dominate and their interconnectivity is key.
Transfer at Jamaica takes up the challenge of creating a multi-modal hub in New York's third largest train station. 

MIT, Spring 2020, supervised by Prof. Alexander D'Hooghe
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