The design of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Station Prototype for Montgomery County, Maryland was funded through a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation / Land Use Connections Program Grant. ZGF was selected through the grant program to define a program of requirements for station amenities and a concept design for a customizable station prototype, which will be used for the proposed nine-corridor BRT system.
The prototype station design includes a family of station types that accommodate both side- or center-running alignments, can fit into a variety of contexts, and can accommodate a range of ridership, including a strategy to increase station amenities as ridership increases. The ‘single point’ structure of the station canopies will allow for future additions with minimal impact to on-going operations. Station amenities include off-board fare payment, an iconic marker with dynamic and static wayfinding information, a wind screen and leaning rail design that is responsive to various platform layouts and microclimates, seating, bike accommodations, and integrated public art.
The design process for the prototype included workshops with representatives from Washington-metro-area transit agencies, citizen advisory committee meetings, and public open houses to gather input along the BRT System alignments. The collective feedback highlighted shared goals for flexibility and sustainable infrastructure that fits within the community context. The station design is intended to reflect community aspirations through the integration of sustainable landscape and materials, including locally sourced stone. ZGF is currently developing the architectural design for the US 29 alignment, the first corridor that will be implemented by 2020.