DUB studios, Michael Piper, Frank Ruchala, Natalya Kashper, Gabriel Sandoval, Jeff Geiringer
Proposes a feeder transit system, intriguingly anchored at public school sites, both reducing commuter car storage in downtowns and providing enhanced civic hubs in surrounding neighborhoods.
New mass transit networks, new uses for schools, strengthening the public/civic realm, supporting local economies
Connecting town center train stations to their outlying suburbs, SUBHUB is a micro-infrastructure scaled for a more walkable, industrious and active suburbia. The system has three parts: re-imagined transit, a HUB at existing train stations, and SUBHUBs at existing public schools.
Too big for suburbia, existing transit is downsized and multiplied to cover more ground. To pay the cost of the expanded system, SUBHUB combines transit with other public services and product delivery.
At the existing train station, trains exchange passengers and freight with a smaller shuttle system that extends to the suburbs. Additionally, combining freight with transit provides an affordable way for small-scale businesses to ship goods.
In addition to making transit stops and public space at school sites in suburbia, SUBHUB provides a right-sized system for getting home grown vegetables and products to market.
Collectively the component pieces provide a means for acting on town centers and sprawling suburbs alike. After all, the city is more than its center alone.