Primary Investigator(s): Jason S. Johnson, Josh Taron
Project Budget: Withheld
Research Assistants/ Project Team (Role): Immanuel Arole, Kristen Forward, Charlene Karl, Danielle Kim, Craig MacDonald, Sumaya Nasir, Hayden Pattullo, Peter Tomanek
Funding Agencies: SSHRC
Calgary’s heavily-centralized workforce and sprawling city has been formative in the establishment of a notably reclusive and sedentary transit culture, which has significant repercussions to our mental, physical, and financial health. This culture has perpetuated itself through the design of our transit stations, which have become non-places centered purely on parking cars and moving people. The impending implementation of self-driving vehicles brings both threats and opportunities for the transit station as one of the last shared urban experiences. Brentwood station currently represents the standard outer-city station typology: large amounts of parking, disconnected from its surrounding single family residential neighbourhood, with little community connection or after-hours use. Our vision of the 2050 transit hub uses Brentwood as a case study for the “station as destination” model, which leverages the capability of near-future autonomous vehicle technology to restructure train stations as spaces of social experience and enhanced intermodal efficiency.