The stations have to be large so riders can board at both doors of the elongated buses and to also hold all the amenities.
In late May, the city’s Urban Design Commission chose a submission by Kenneth Casper with a roof of native plantings that would funnel rainwater to ground-level rain gardens, a skylight, a partially enclosed wind shelter at one end of the station, and programmable LED lights that could change colors.
The design has been handed over to a consultant, which will make tweaks based on what’s ultimately determined feasible to build, officials said. The city is aiming to make the stations context-sensitive, perhaps 50 feet plus ramp, in constrained places like Capitol Square, where they would be located on Main and Mifflin streets, and State Street, Lynch said.
Verveer said he’s “extremely concerned” about the scale and location of the stations on the Square and particularly State Street, and that he “doesn’t know of a single, solitary person or institution that’s receptive of having them in front of their property.”
The prototype, while fine for East Washington Avenue or Mineral Point Road, is “wholly inappropriate” for Capitol Square and State Street, especially because there’s already great competition for limited terrace space, he said.
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