PPS, working with Urban Associates Architects, developed a plan for renovating the Hempstead, Long Island Train Station, one of the busiest intermodal hub facilities in New York State. The area around the Station, comprised mainly of surface parking lots that separate it from adjacent retail centers and residential neighborhoods, was not perceived as having a sense of place or as being safe. PPS recommendations included design changes and streetscape enhancements to West Columbia Street facing the station to make it safer for passengers to cross between the train and Long Island Bus stations; developing a distinctive architectural style and upgraded amenities for the Station building that would be both welcoming and comfortable for passenger use; designs to create clear visibility for Station security, ticket agents and passengers; provision of a strong management and security presence at the Station; and the inclusion of local stakeholders in both the planning and management of the Station.
Transit is a component, but by no means the extent, of your experience at a station that is a place. Memorable and enjoyable stations and stops that create value for neighborhoods are perfectly attainable. In fact, a transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a setting for community interaction, a place that fosters a diversity of activities.