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Railway Stations Intermodal mobility and urban development

Gares, intermodalité et développement urbain

Estaciones, movilidad intermodal y desarrollo urbano

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Published on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by João Fernandes

Summary

In many countries, railway stations emerge as focal point for urban projects. Important investments go along with larger urban regeneration projects. The new attractiveness of the station may be explained by the recognition of its architectural and patrimonial values (especially when they are old and centric), but also by their growing importance as integrated transit hubs. A way of addressing the future of intermodal mobility consist in analysing, firstly, the way by which intermodality reshapes at the same time the place and the traveller experience. A second part of the call questions the station and its surrounding (urban places, neighbourhood) as singular places in metropolitan systems.

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Argument

In many countries, railway stations emerge as focal point for urban projects. Important investments go along with larger urban regeneration projects. The attractiveness of stations may be explained by the recognition of its architectural and patrimonial values of stations (especially when they are old and centric), but also by their growing use as integrated transit hubs.

The fast expansion of easier and smarter connections from railway to a wide range of mobility systems (including plane, metro and light rail, buses and regional trains, carsharing and bikesharing systems) modifies deeply the spatial organisation of railway hubs, as well as their governance and management.

Designing and managing intermodal stations remains a very complex task, involving technological processes, but also inducing better coordination between station managers and diversified partners (retail developers and services, metropolitan powers, neighbourhood interests ...).

A way of addressing the future of intermodal mobility consist in analysing, firstly, the way by which intermodality reshapes at the same time the place and the traveller experience. Hence, a part of the call for papers focuses on the management of station as a node of transport. Another part of the call questions the station and its surrounding (urban places, neighbourhood) as singular places and development tools in metropolitan projects. 

Papers may connect with following five themes 

Stations in urban planning

The creation or redevelopment of stations gives the opportunity to rethink the place of railway infrastructure in the city and in its planning : integrating the building in urban space and landscape, creating centrality, trying to mitigate the discontinuities produced by trackways, giving room for new public spaces.

  • What are the problems raised by the station’s insertion in urban programmes and what are the solutions proposed ?

Station as new values for urban assets

Urban intensification around railway hubs many effects in the way housing, jobs and services are localised. It often involves economic and social processes of change, not only in station’s neighbourhood, but at a larger metropolitan scale.

  • How does stations’ projects articulate with land use modifications and real estate developement ? What kind of political, economical and financial organizations are needed to hold such projects ?

Stations as intermodal hubs

Railway stations offer better urban accessibility when they are used as part of trip chains involving other transit systems (bus) as well as individual mobility solutions (bike and bikeshare programs, walking solutions).

  • What strategies foster multimodality, in and around stations ?

Stations as technological hotspots

The development of large hubs implies a dramatic reconfiguration of places and the development of new artefacts and software. This architectural and technological "refurbishment" provides great expectations of better quality (security, comfort and time saving), but also deceptions.

  • What are the strategies of implementation (among operators) and adaptation (among users) to this new materials ?

Stations as mobility systems

Railway hubs hold perpetually moving crowds, with different configurations of speed and moving pa<erns. Needs to foster security and fluidity justify a better understanding of users itineraries and behaviours. 

  • What may be learned from the observation of movements and users behaviours in railway stations ? 

Subjects

Places

  • Salle précisée ultérieurement - Palais des congrès
    Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Keywords

  • gare, intermodalité, urbanisme, aménagement, transport, chemin de fer

Contact(s)

  • Nacima Baron
    courriel : nacimabaron [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Ecole des Ponts Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport Direction de la Chaire Réinventer les gares
    courriel : lachairegare [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Nacima Baron
    courriel : nacimabaron [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Railway Stations Intermodal mobility and urban development », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, https://calenda.org/313701

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