Bus terminal is a station where all the buses plying in the city gather. It is a geographical point of connection of many different important routes. The best location of a bus terminal is the center of the city or a prime area where it can be easily accessed by a large group of people. In addition, before choosing a location for a bus terminal, a planner should consider the future of topographical circumstances. Planner cannot choose the appropriate location alone, so planner must involve people who are expected to be benefited from the project.
Typical bus terminal should have an Eco-friendly urban design. Eco-friendly place would attract people, helping in reviving the economy of the place. It would make people meet at nice place atmospherically, because the place would be free from pollution. Thus, they would enjoy gatherings at the Eco-friendly place. This by itself would call for people to come, meet, and benefit from the bus terminal. This would help friends walk together to the bus terminal. It is easier to wait for the bus with a beloved person. It will also be a good place for regular commuters to make new friends.
University of Utah lacks a typical bus terminal. Although the University of Utah campus has several bus stops and variety of bus routes that give commuter ability to reach almost anywhere in Salt Lake City, the bus stops are decentralized. Decentralization of bus stops is a hardship for commuter to enjoy and benefit from public transportation services especially the bus services at the University of Utah Campus.
Commuter would like to enjoy the opportunity of choosing number of different bus routes from one place. If a commuter wants to visit a different part of the city and there is no bus plying between his current location and that part of the city, the commuter is likely to use private transportation to save time. This would make no benefit for the city or commuter economically, environmentally, and socially. Bus terminal is an urgent and impotent need for the University of Utah campus in the upcoming few years due to geographical, topographical, and economical issues of the campus and Utah Transit Authority.
Decentralization bus system deters people from using the bus system as it is evident currently where most of the students and staff prefer using their own vehicle to commute. Lack of bus terminal is going to worsen the economic, environmental, and social conditions of the campus. It is already weak, but it is going to struggle severe fragility when train cross campus every 7.5 minutes and the number of cars get increased. The place would really face hard congestion.
The economic threats of decentralizing bus stops are wasting student’s budget for transportation costs just to reach campus faster and have the opportunity of going anywhere after school. It is an economic burden on the University of Utah student, because student already paid for public transportation with his/her school tuition and never benefit from what he/she funded for. In addition, usage of private transport causes more traffic on roads, greater chances of accident and more pollution.
If most commuters use car to approach campus, public petition could stop students from paying for public transportation with tuition. As a result of this, UTA would not be able to operate projects that got funded by the federal government. It would be unsustainable economically. It also would weaken the individual savings of student who solely depend on the UTA for conveyance. When student is limited economically, it is going to impact on his academic career also.
Decentralizing bus stops increases environmental fragility. Commuters would abstain from using public transportation and rely on car instead. Thus, decentralizing bus stops causes more pollution in Salt Lake City, which is already facing severe pollution problems due to temperature inversion. Salt Lake City was regarded as the second most polluted city in the United States of America, this winter. Decentralized bus system, excessive usage of private vehicle would further delay the time it takes to reach normal conditions after the event of temperature inversion. The decentralization impacts the resiliency of the urban ecology of Salt Lake City in general and especially places such as the campus of the University of Utah, where is located on the mountains.
Reducing the gaseous emission from the private vehicle would increase the resiliency of the urban ecology of Salt Lake City. The increased use of private vehicle leads to an increases in pollutions like Corbin dioxide (CO2), nitrogen dioxide (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and aerosols. A place that is associated with temperature inversion gets worst pollution impact than any other place on Earth. Salt Lake City has hard time having resilience after the event of temperature inversion with pollutions.
The decentralization of bus stops would disperse the social unity and oneness between commuters on the campus. Classmates would go to different bus stops, so they would have less chance to improve the relationship from classmate to friendship. Bus terminal would gather commuters. Since there is variety of bus routes, commuters can change their plan. For example, if two classmates walked together to the same bus terminal, they would have chance to re-plan their trips. They can decide to reach any point in the city from the terminal. A scenic and beautiful bus trip would help in building a strong relationship.
Bus terminal would allow people to meet and know each other. Indeed, it is a point of connection for knowing new ones. It would be the most popular place for commuters, since it became the first place of an expected meeting. It opens the port between commuters to go along with each other. It is accessible for everybody, so students from different background will meet and have short talks. Great ideas come from accidental combination. It is expected that bus terminal would have this feature among other places on campus.
Commuter Services at the University of Utah is trying to solve this issue with lowest possible risks. Commuter Services is trying to reach the best proposal to maintain these three issues on campus at high level of sustainability. Bus terminal is the best solution. It is going to be located at the front of South Campus Drive @ 1800 East Train Station. It is proposed to demolish Buildings & Grounds and Motor Pool buildings and then develop the site with the University of Utah Bus Terminal. The two buildings are old and their contract with the University of Utah is about to end. As well, electric bus is proposed to move commuters from the Bus Terminal to Warnock Engineering Building and around campus.
However, there are some problems that are needed to be addressed to make this plan excellent. Demolishing Buildings & Grounds and Motor Pool buildings is not an Eco-friendly action. This would hurt the environment by creating waste. In addition, it is wasting of money. The community of the University of Utah would not be able to celebrate and enjoy the process of the site development. Commuters who have relationship with the two buildings are going to be relocated and forced to move due to the end of the contract. This would cause unpleasant feelings for them. However, it would be great if they can contribute in the process of the site redevelopment.
Commuter Services desire to have a café in the Bus Terminal. Cup of coffee would refresh the place. It would bring about economical betterment to the place. The taxes of this business would be paid for the site sustainability and development expenses. Therefore, it is sustainable in manner of economy. In addition, commuters would love to make a cup of coffee as their meeting linker. Thus, it would be the place where people communicate and go along. However, it would not be sustainable environmentally if the food source is not local due to lacking of local urban farms. Officially, there is no proposal for local urban farms in the Bus Terminal.
People who spend most of their lives in boxes are observed to walk more like robot and take no notice of the environment around them. Yet, many people who have deep connection with the ecology of their places are witnessed to walk sophisticatedly with special rhythms. When they walk, their hike is more associated with style of dancing exuding positive energy and charm. When a commuter gets out classroom, which is box, he/she would be packaged and shipped by a box to reach another box. Therefore, the proposal of integrating additional boxes such as cars on campus is not helpful to maintain the campus at high level of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
I am an international student, who is a part of the University of Utah. Since the day I started studying, I am trying to belong myself to the campus. Day after day, I become more onto the campus until I could have emphasized for the place. Now, I am involved into this project of integrating a bus terminal to campus. It means high value to me, since I have experienced the joyfulness of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, UVic Bus Terminal. I loved that place, so my affection to it makes me motivated to integrate awe-inspiring and excellent ideas to my current place.
Therefore, I would like to rename the bus terminal as the University of Utah Eco-friendly Bus Terminal. The name should include Eco-friendly, so commuters awake their consciousness about their relationship with the place ecologically. Construction of the centralized bus terminal is an urgent and impotent need, because the University of Utah lacks a bus terminal that is a geographical point of connection for closing 21 important bus routes. The construction of bus terminal is going to recycle the two old buildings that their contracts are about to end. Everything in Buildings & Grounds and Motor Pool buildings is going to be recycled in order to construct the site redevelopment project. I did not accept the idea of integrating boxes on campus, because my ideology seeks integrating nature and education in the campus.
The project should be finished by December 2017. The entire Salt Lake community is going to be benefited from this project. The location of the Terminal is able to contain diverse varieties of flora and fauna. So, this opportunity should be utilized to open the port of unity between wildlife and commuters. The scale of the Terminal is going to be around 6000 Square meters, which replace and recycle Buildings & Grounds and Motor Pool buildings. Approximately, it can contain up to 21 bus stops. Also, it can have indoor four-season shelter and shadowed bike rack behind the shelter. In addition, it can have shelter for diverse varieties of flora and fauna. Sidewalks of the Terminal are proposed to contain official local gardens that feed the Terminal Café and export goods to local places.
The proposed construction is achievable, because it exists in many places on Earth. Therefore, it is reasonable to work forward accomplishing it. First, recycling buildings is easy by involving current people who have relationship with the buildings. When these people who are going to be forced for new location are involved into recycling their past with the buildings, they would have better chance to get adjusted to the new place. They would give higher effort in the new place of job. Although they had expected relocating action, they would not prefer to make new relationship with the new place. However, if they have full understanding through recycling involvement, they would get heart’s ease with the new place faster. They would be able to bring what they have recycled to the new place. For example, they could bring old office boxes and plant it with favorite vegetation.
Having straight green shadowed pathway from the Terminal to Warnock Engineering Building is better idea than having train like shipping box. If a straight green shadowed pathway is applied, it would still be walkable. Any distance is less than 0.50 mile is walkable, because it would take about 10 minutes walking. This would not make students pay more for their tuitions for train operation. It would improve our resiliency to get our lost rhythms back. Socially, it would allow commuters communicate well. Sustainable pathway is the approach to allow commuters to reach to others. It makes them go along with diverse varieties of flora and fauna. When a commuter walk and observe peacock, he/she would take from its attributes.
I am able to achieve this, because I have experienced similar terminal and I have educated. I just need engagement with the project. I planned to create the Flaneur Project for myself to engage with it. Great ideas usually come from being in peaceful and thoughtful state. When I am directionless and having numerous of great thoughts during free time, I need to record them on variety of forms. I am going to write, print, sketch, and design for the sake of the Bus Terminal. I would focus on accessibility for wheelchair, reducing urban heat island, creating shelter for variety of species, and communicable boards that make relationship between traveler and the terminal.
Observing campus from other angles would help me understand the feeling of walking from the place where I would suggest the location of the terminal to all buildings. This would make me closer to the real situation of the future of the terminal. After I involve into this engagement, my suggestions for the planning division would be supported by the Flaneur Project collections and observations. Therefore, the involvement in such project like this may change the complete ideology of smart transportation as an element in the new urbanism.
Here is the initial design of the terminal as it goes along with current surroundings in manner of urban morphology: