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Designing for the transit user experience: Enhancing safety and security at stations

Security and Safety | October 11, 2017

By paying attention to how it feels to arrive at, pass through, and use a transit facility, focused design strategies can complement traditional approaches by enhancing user perception of safety. While a station may be safe, according to statistics and incident reporting, ridership and patron satisfaction will still suffer if the station doesn’t feel safe.

How implementing biophilic architecture can soothe transit riders

Management & Operations| September 13, 2017

By incorporating simple biophilic principles into station and facility design, cities, and transit agencies can foster stronger connections to nature that improve our overall wellbeing as individuals and as a community.

Sustainability| September 1, 2017

5 Passive Design Strategies to Help Condition Transit Facilities

Establishing a function-first facility that then integrates passive design strategies can lead to more operationally and energy efficient transit facilities.

Management & Operations| June 26, 2017

Stantec to aquire RNL Design

Large-scale projects in the RNL’s portfolio include the Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. — the first Net Zero Energy project of its kind.

May 30, 2017

The Evolution of Streetcar Technology

While streetcars may seem like an old fashioned or nostalgic mode of transportation, today’s streetcar is far from your grandmother’s trolley. The modern streetcar has evolved in major ways in response to shifts in community needs as well as technological advances.

April 26, 2017

How Streetcars are Meeting the Needs of Modern Cities

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood elements of modern streetcars is what they can offer a city, and in particular, what they can offer that other modes of transportation can’t.

March 22, 2017

How Cities Are Embracing Streetcars Once Again

The streetcar might seem like a transit method of the past, but look at some of the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. — Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C. and Orange County — and it’s clear that cities are starting to embrace the streetcar once again. While it’s one cog in the wheel of a comprehensive transit system, streetcar systems can act as a boon for economic development, and a powerful tool for revitalizing sagging corridors and attracting the much-sought after talent of a young, hip workforce who choose to reduce, delay, or completely forego car ownership.

June 30, 2016

5 Transit Facility Design Elements to Boost Employee Health, Well-Being

Everyone needs to take a mental and physical break at some point in the workday, whether they’ve been concentrating on a computer screen, the road, or the underside of a bus, truck or train car. The tricky part for transit agencies is that each of these activities takes place in different surroundings, lighting conditions, room temperature and noise levels. With that in mind, consider the following factors in your facility design.

Rail| June 9, 2016

RNL completes Metro Expo maintenance, ops facility

Five major building components make up the facility: the main building, secondary building, wash building, the cleaning platform and the guardhouse.

May 17, 2016

How Lighting Design Can Impact Transportation's Shift Workers

Shifts are long and varying, and facilities are often inadequate for transit employees to truly recharge and stay sharp on the job. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The quality of the environment within facilities can be designed to support shift workers and those with jobs that don’t follow traditional 9-to-5 schedules. Two key elements that can be utilized to support vehicle operator health; creating spaces with adaptability for varied activities and quality lighting that supports the adaptability of the space.

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