A New way to connect to travel
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This thesis examines how architecture can make mass transit more accessible and desirable to the public and how the public’s wants and needs can improve a transportation center’s design. It examines how making downtown areas accessible through public transportation and creating an onsite living population enhances the lives of those that would use the system the most. A key focus is creating a community of these on-site commuters that has ways of connecting to each other, while also connecting with the community around it. This 12,500 square foot transportation hub and 266,850 square foot multi-family living complex in Coon Rapids, along the Northstar Commuter Rail line, will also look at enhancing the image of public transportation to that of an advanced transportation system that is safe and reliable.