Project 2009: Lakefront Station is an international, single-stage ideas competition for a new multi-modal transportation center in Downtown Cleveland between the historic Mall and Lake Erie. Designs for this new transportation center must provide the city with a state-of-the-art rail station ready to support high speed passenger rail service, a facility capable of integrating and balancing the needs of various transportation modes, and a significant pedestrian connection from the Mall to Cleveland’s lakefront. Linked into a High Speed Passenger Rail network, Downtown Cleveland will be an important midwest rail center among a network of connected American cities, a fitting gateway to Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland, Ohio, like urban centers throughout the United States, finds itself at the center of a variety of passenger rail planning proposals. Many of these planning initiatives have been spurred by the recent commitment and investment in rail infrastructure by the federal government. While details in these proposals vary in scope and timeline, all must appropriately consider their role in contributing to a complete national network of sustainable communities. By utilizing rail to strengthen connectivity, these new multi-modal transportation networks – and the facilities that serve them – will help reinforce the social and economic sustainability of the American City.
Register by: 12-01-2009 / Submit by: 12-18-2009