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complimentary and tradeoffs or pros and cons of various alternatives must be evaluated.

The design of a park-and-ride facility is inextricably linked to how it operates, and the distinction between what are labeled as "design" considerations versus "operational" considerations is often blurred. For purposes of this guide, concepts such as access management, priority treatments for high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs) and transit vehicles, on-site and off-site signing, and intelligent transportation system (ITS) technology will be classified as operational considerations. All can play a role in the park-and-ride facility's operation.

Design Considerations for Park-and-Ride Facilities

A range of design options exists for individual park-and-ride facilities. The park-and-ride facility can be designed as a bare-bones parking lot with the intent of providing maximum efficiency only. Also, the park-and-ride facility can be designed as an integral part of the surrounding community, providing an integrated gathering place for a range of activities. A synthesis of design concepts and elements is provided.

Architecture, Landscape, and Art: Integral Parts of the Park-and-Ride Facility

It must be remembered that above all else, transit facilities and specifically park-and-ride lots are people places. By integrating art into the park-and-ride facility and by utilizing sound concepts of landscape and architectural design, the park-and-ride lot can become much more than just another parking facility. It can become a focal point for the surrounding suburban community or neighborhood in which it is located.

centers. The purpose of this chapter is to provide decision makers and planning/design professionals with a concept library of unique architectural and artistic designs.

Information presented in this guide is intended to provide a general knowledge of the park-and-ride planning and design process. Applicable local ordinances, design requirements, and building codes must be consulted for their effect on the planning and design process. Local data resources, development patterns, and transit networks may present unique opportunities for park -and-ride implementation and should be explored.

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