Long Island is crossed by roadways and rail lines; however pedestrian travel is inhibited by the Infrastructure meant to connect
them. The daily routine of Long Islanders relies on long distance travel via personal vehicle or LlRR, our focus is to introduce local connectivity through public transit and pathways.
Rather than isolating our intervention to city centers, we are proposing to create a connective tissue between two neighboring downtowns. Highway interchange medians fie. "clovers") through conscious design are located between major townships and are generally unused and inaccessib e.
By optimizing the roads to unify the spaces and accommodate a transit hub, we create a prototypical node between destinations. Public program such as plazas and recreational spaces reinforce connections between surrounding communities. In addition, context specific program may also be added to support local needs. By incorporating parking below the medians, we facilitate the repurposing of existing parking lots in more favorable sites.
It is not our intent to create a destination,
but to facilitate the reinvention of surrounding neighborhoods, while working in tandem with other proposals.
The transit platform serves a dual role of a commuter pickup/drop off and providing a passage for pedestrians to cross the highway interchange bridges safely from traffic.
Additional biking and pedestrian routes bridge adjoining communities.
Although a commuter transit system is being proposed, once zero-emmision vehicles start to proliferate, the subway should transition into a cargo/frieght distribution line to transfer goods between municipalities. Removing the need for heavy cargo vehicles to use the highways, reducing congestion on the roadways.
Parking is integrated into the transit nodes, to house the vehicles for commuters, and shoppers in the surrounding communities - facilitating the removal or repurposing of parking lots within the downtowns for other uses.