The METRO Green Line extension presents an opportunity to re-envision the Magnolia Transit Center as a multi-modal hub improving connectivity between bus, rail and bicycle networks. The key spatial element of the design is a new central plaza that acts as a highly visible, central gathering and connecting space to facilitate the flow of passengers between modes. Pedestrians are guided throughout the facility with key visual connections that incorporate Greater East End Management District branding using stamped concrete patterns. Increased tree coverage along the walkways offer shade and an enhanced experience, and additional space is available for public art and wayfinding signage to assist in the visual ties between train and bus platforms.
The additional tree planti ngs are part of a larger vision of green infrastructure on the site. Bioswales and rain gardens surround the facility to manage stormwater, reduce heat island effect and facilitate the flow of pedestrian traffic. The new trees will provide ample areas of shade for pedestrians and waiting passengers.
Building upon METRO’s Bike & Ride Access and Implementation Plan (2013), the redesign calls for tying the station into adjacent trail systems, improving bicycle storage and creating easy transfers between METRO’s bus and rail systems and bicycles. Space is reserved for bike racks for short term parking, bike lockers for long term parking and for a Houston B-Cycle Bike Share station. The path along 70th Street has been reimagined as a 14’ shared use path providing connections between the Harrisburg and Sunset Trail and the Brays Bayou Trails.