On-site Transit Facilities

In some instances, such as major bus transfer facilities at regional shopping centers or local shuttle routes that serve an office campus, transit services and facilities may be integrated into private development. When this occurs transit should be considered in terms of building location, site access and circulation, pedestrian access to transit and surrounding uses, local facilities and amenities, and signage and information. Transit access should not be thought of as secondary to vehicular access, but rather as a key component to the success of local development.

Site Access and Circulation

Deviations from the primary service corridor to serve private development is a potential barrier to providing efficient bus service. To minimize delays and traffic conflicts while servicing private development, the following principles should be followed wherever possible.

The on-site transit center should be located in a portion of the development that is closest to the streets on which the transit service operates. Property owners and designers should work with Pace to determine the best location.

Access from the public street should be provided at logical entry points to the property. These should provide a direct and logical route for transit vehicles to gain access to the on-site transit center.

On-site pedestrian networks should connect the transit center to the public sidewalk and any surrounding uses. In areas where the pedestrian network must cross parking areas or on-site streets, special design elements, such as raised crosswalks, unique pavers, bollards, lighting and signage, should be used to clearly delineate the intended pedestrian path.

Roadway or parking lot segments used for on-site circulation should be designed to accommodate transit vehicles. Designers should work closely with Pace to determine the vehicles that could serve a given facility.

Transit Facility Design

In order to provide the best possible transit service to local development, property owners should work closely with Pace to identify elements of the transit center design program. At a minimum, the design program must consider vehicle access between the private road network and transit center, vehicle stacking and storage areas, passenger loading and waiting areas, and basic amenities for rider comfort. Depending on the type of transit facility and intensity of service, additional amenities may be warranted, including an operator break area and restroom, enclosed bicycle lockers, fare card and information kiosks, etc. Since each location may vary based on local development issues, Pace should be consulted as to the extent of the design program and its specific application for a given site.

On-site Transit Facilities Implementation Checklist

Guideline PrinciplesImplementation Tools
Locate transit center on a street nearest to the transit routeLocal zoning regulations, local subdivision regulations
Provide direct connection between transit center and streetLocal zoning regulations, local subdivision regulations
Provide pedestrian connection between transit center and sidewalk along streetLocal zoning regulations, local subdivision regulations
Work with Pace to identify elements of the transit center design program that best suite the particular siteLocal zoning regulations