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MultiFunctionTransit - MFT

Submitted by Float on September 16, 2009

Next Stop Design – Multi Function Transit Hub

Weather
The overhanging umbrella roof provides deep shelter to the occupants.
The “s” shaped glass screen (laminated/toughened) serves as a window and a rain/wind screen.
Rain is directed to the centre of the roof and directed via hollow steel columns to drains.
Snow is captured and melted suing excess energy from the PV panels or Wind Turbines.
Wind is re-directed away from the occupant by the glass screens.
The “s” shape envelopes the occupant providing an integral seat on the inner apex of the screen.

Location
The screens deflect traffic generated sound waves that impair street side locations.
The diagonal and staggered glazed screens control access ensuring safe use.
The narrowness of the plan and the possibility of modular roll out allow flexible adaptation to local conditions.
The height of the unit is no greater than the height of the bus it serves.
Views are possible throughout with minimal structural interference.

Access
Access for wheelchair and assisted travelers between select screens.
The narrow profile allows it to occupy reservations, grass margins and pavements.
Access is available at the ends, from the back, and front along the whole plan.

Lighting and Electronics
Lighting is embedded in the ceiling and the glass screens are illuminated.
The glass screens can be illuminated to communicate waiting occupant (yellow) or danger (red).
The high visibility throughout allows for great occupant safety.
The use of PV and wind turbines provides all the necessary lighting (and heating) energy.
Additional power generation (cell phone/laptop) take off is possible.
Information poles are dotted through the structure depending on demand.
Signage and buss information is “projected” within the glass panels/screens
The stop is clearly identifiable from afar.

Surfaces
The slanted stone/concrete base with accentuates joints ensures good floor grip.
The materials are specifically chosen for their durability; stone/concrete/steel/glass/copper (roof).
Snow is melted by natural power systems and drained through the rainwater channels through the hollow steel columns.

Human
Seats are bolted through the glass screens and are largely individual in character.
The distribution of seats depends on the type of stop.
The system has a multifunctional capacity to adapt to changing scenarios.
The occupants can chose to be alone or in groups.
The screens afford a high degree of protection and visibility simultaneously.
Amenities
Next bus information is provided in illuminated screens
Trash is to be handled in the same way as the information columns.
Phone and internet access is possible via a mobile internet connection via the hollow columns to aerials.
Ticketing is via the information columns located through the structure.

Micro Environmental Issues
Water, sound and dirt Pollution from the street and buses is kept at bay with the glass screens.
The glass screens are easy to maintain and keep clean.
The screens are self supporting requiring less structural input.

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