APPLICATION & CONTEXT
Where transit runs along a wide median separating travel directions, including light rail, streetcar, or BRT routes.
On multiway boulevards, median stops may be provided on the island between the primary and service roads.
Where transit service is faster along longer routes, stations are spaced further apart (typically 1/2 – 1 mile), with a greater amount of investment in quality and comfort.
Stations enjoy many of the benefits of center-boarding islands, but with increased separation from travel lanes and passenger comfort.
The center median stop provides ample space for passengers boarding and alighting.
Continuous median provides space for plantings and other streetscape elements.
Stations should provide high-quality physical space and passenger amenities, including shelters, seating, system information, trash receptacles, and fare machines.
Especially on existing streetcar lines, median stops offer challenges to universal access. Upgrades to stops should include accessible ramps to reach the platform. Accessibility may also be challenging where existing islands are narrow. Vehicle solutions, such as using bridge plates instead of foldout ramps, can reduce the necessary width of the island.
Left-turn restrictions or phase separation should be incorporated, especially near stations. Left-turning vehicles present common conflicts with pedestrians and transit vehicles.
As passengers are required to cross travel lanes when entering and exiting stops, intersection design and signalization must prioritize pedestrian movements to eliminate turn conflicts.
Consider treatments to address the safety concerns presented when passengers run across travel lanes to catch an approaching train.
Track crossings may demand special treatments to guide pedestrians through stations with limited sightlines, including signage and markings or active warning systems to draw attention. Treatments like Z-crossings and barriers that disrupt pedestrian paths should be limited to locations where safety is a demonstrable concern.