The City of Rochester and the State of New York are exploring options for replacing the existing Rochester train station building with a modern new building that will improve access to the larger rail network, including a new high-speed rail, as well as improving logistics and usability for all types of building occupants. Although there is currently a design proposal completed by a local architecture firm contracted by the city, the design solution proposed in this thesis project will not adhere to the project description created by the City of Rochester. Instead, it will use the basic premise of a new station in the same location as the existing station and explore how an urban transit station can provoke change and development on the border of the regenerating downtown area.
Using the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD) in its design, the station will serve as the hub of its neighborhood and in some ways the city. According to the values of Rochestarians, TOD, station design, and sustainability, the design will be iconic to Rochester, a model for efficient and comfortable transit stations, and a leader in sustainable design.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Railroad stations--New York (State)--Rochester--Design and construction; Transit-oriented development--New York (State)--Rochester; Sustainable urban development--New York (State)--Rochester
Department, Program, or Center
Thomas A. Trabold
Carney, Bridget, "RCS Rochester Central Station: A Landmark Transit Station for Rochester New York" (2015). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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