The design team planned and delivered Harris County’s first rail transit project on a fast-track schedule and within budget.
HOK designed the 16 stations and provided master planning and urban design for the 7.5-mile transit corridor, including streetscape design for special districts.
Our prototypical station design creates a system-wide image while encouraging site adaptation through colors, platform paving and patterns, column cladding and canopy roof glazing. A canopy with a translucent glass roof covers one-third of the 250-foot-long platforms. Landscaped esplanades link transit platforms while recalling historic promenades from Houston’s past. The neighborhood and streetscape improvements have become development catalysts.
After the opening of the Main Street line, HOK analyzed the next phase of expansion for Houston’s rail and bus transit facilities. These studies analyzed six future transit corridors in the service area, as well as alternative transit modes such as bus-rapid-transit, diesel-powered rail, conventional bus and commuter rail.
7.5 miles / 12 kilometers
AIA Houston – Merit Award for Urban Design