sbX Kit of parts
sbX stations provide passengers a first impression of the sbX service and are designed to be similar to light-rail stations, and provide quicker on and off boarding of passengers. These design guidelines and criteria have been developed using the following overall design objectives for stations:
- A location that is integrated with other modes of transportation and has linkages with adjacent land uses.
- A distinctive image or brand that emphasizes motion and technology.
- A sense of place provided at stations.
- Protection from the sun, wind and rain.
- Accessibility for persons with disabilities and services incorporated into the design of the station.
- Safety and security of patrons.
- System and neighborhood information that is available at stations.
- Design modularity to respond to individual site conditions such as narrow sidewalks and for flexibility in expansion.
- Ease of maintenance and parts replacement.
- Rapid multiple door boarding and alighting through slightly raised platforms, low floor vehicles, and fare prepayment.
- Sustainability considerations.
An important element influencing sbX station design is the type of transit vehicle. BRT stations are to be served by manually operated buses running along mixed flow lanes or a dedicated busway. As bus characteristics can change over time (the useful life of a bus is 12 years although many are refurbished and retained for longer periods) and several bus types may be operated along the project alignment during the course of its lifetime, stations must be able to accommodate vehicle features that change (e.g., door locations and sizes, lift designs, etc.). Therefore, station architecture would be kept open and flexible to accommodate desired flexibility in the “design vehicle.”
For More Information please see Section 9 of the Transit Design Guidelines.