Thursday, May 31, 2012

Make comment on Rochester, NY’s new Intermodal Transportation Center


For the next 30 days (so that’s July 1, 2012) you can make public comment on the City of Rochester | Intermodal Transportation Center.

Though there are a lot of design features that tried in a more modern and less spacious way to capture the original Bragdon Station, we are more interested in the final building’s ability to accommodate active transportation—walking and bicycling.

After all, the building in question is called ‘intermodal’. To that end, besides making the Transportation Center good for train travelers (how about high-speed trains?) this downtown building should do more.

We’d like to see many bike racks so bicyclist perhaps coming from future bicycle boulevards could park their bikes and meet arrivals. Or, long-term bicycle lockers so travelers could leave their bicycles while traveling by train.

We like that the most likely site of the new center will be near Central Avenue and thus make it a catalyst for new businesses because it will be easy access by pedestrians.

In all though, intermodal means let’s think light-rail, bicycles, pedestrians, high-speed rail, electric cars and buses—anything but more parking for more gas-guzzlers.

How about, as there is a lot of open window space, getting a Leeds Platinum status for the center while we are modernizing in a world that is warming. No really, it’s warming:

Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Dangerous Level | InsideClimate News The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn't quite a surprise, because it's been rising at an accelerating pace. Years ago, it passed the 350 ppm mark that many scientists say is the highest safe level for carbon dioxide. It now stands globally at 395.  (May 31, 2012) | InsideClimate News [more on Climate Change in our area]

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