In order to plan for future sustainable growth in Greater Boston, our team proposed flipping the city's transportation hierarchy; giving priority to pedestrians, bikes, and public transportation over private cars. Through our research, we analyzed current commuting patterns along with existing city elements to best determine future recommendations. Ultimately, we proposed three solutions: modifying the public transit system to facilitate lateral movement around the downtown core, allowing surface transit to respond to real-time travel conditions, and enhancing neighborhood squares as centers of local activity and commerce. For this project, I worked in collaboration with four other students; researching lateral connections and expanding the city's rapid transit network, analyzing ridership statistics and patterns, and designing presentation layouts. Lastly, I created and designed the website boston.beyondthecar.com, where viewers can learn more about the project vision, process, and areas of focus.
University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2011