In response to the challenges facing public transit from the Covid-19 pandemic, Return to Service: Public Transit proposes a new paradigm to promote the safety of transit users while integrating stations into the urban fabric for a safer, more accessible, and more equitable transit system. We don’t want to return to a previous normal; we envision a better normal. The primary challenge facing large global cities is how to restore public confidence in the safety of their transit systems, where a lack of confidence poses an existential threat to public transit and, ominously, to the city that relies on it. In these cities, aging underground stations have often crowded, and limited, waiting space. At the same time, much of the larger public realm at street level has traditionally been allocated to private vehicle movement and storage. By reconfiguring station entrances to occupy underutiliz ed and underperforming space in the public realm, we propose to radically transform mobility in our cities. And while prioritiz ing safety and the user experience, new stations at grade create valuable public places as assets to local communities.


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