PPS worked in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation and the local community to improve and enhance a dangerous intersection in Greenwich Village by instituting and testing traffic calming improvements. Recommendations for traffic calming techniques, adding amenities and generally improving the surrounding area were developed through a community-based planning process which included workshops held in cooperation with the district Community Board and interviews, time lapse filming, documentary photography and on-site observations.
Recommendations included corner sidewalk extensions, reconfiguration of crosswalks and additional greening of the area, as well as improvements that could be instituted and evaluated in the short term, such as striping of new crosswalks and havens for pedestrians, bollards, planters, and changes in traffic light phasing. Short-term improvements were implemented and monitored, as part of a pilot demonstration and test program. Capital construction was completed in 2001.
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.