O'More College of Architecture and Design
BURS Faculty Advisor
Despite being a rapidly growing urban core, Nashville and Middle Tennessee as a whole has had little development in transportation to serve its citizens. Access to Nashville is ruled by automobile travel, limiting opportunities for work and affordable living. This is a sustainability issue as well, with motor vehicles accounting for a large portion of carbon emissions, due to the forced individualized commuter lifestyle. To remedy automobile congestion and carbon emission, this project examines the introduction of train, bus, and river taxi transportation to Nashville, with Lower Broadway as a host and center point. The building’s design expands on the idea of reducing transportation traffic through all these interventions, while also giving back pedestrian space to residents and tourists of Nashville. Defined by super structure cross bracing, the building has a distinct visual identity that serves as a way finding element to guide users to transit centers. This design would tie the Lower Broadway station to satellite stations throughout Middle Tennessee, serving communities outside of Nashville along the main I-40 and I-65 corridors. Making use of raised rail lines, trains could travel above the centerline of interstate routes, with park and ride stops along the way. This presentation will describe how the project synthesized research and design thinking to impact Middle Tennessee’s growth and accessibility with a more connected and sustainable public transportation intervention.
Plowman, Ryan, "Nashville Transit Center" (2022). Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS). 315.