The Design: Design concept was to focus on the speed. Like a bird in flight , or the courageous Blue-Angles airplanes. A station that is all about speed. fast Style + fast Function + fast Service. Shape of the HST station derived from the “Tail wing of the Blue-Angles airplane” one of the fastest fighting plane with a charisma. The first High Speed Train in the USA should be a one of its kind design. A station that functions totally different from the traditional stations. A double loaded platform on both sides of the Tail wing building. In a way resembles the shotgun on both sides shoot the bullet trains out of the station.
The ground level is served by the cars and AMtrack trains. The archway next to the clock tower can be used as a curbside drop off for the HST passengers. They could follow the green path up to the concourse level and enter the main station building. The concourse level is a park like promenade that is connected to the public parking, Union station and the Gateway Center above the existing AMtrack station. The First floor of the Tail wing building has the ticketing, support, restrooms and storage spaces. Second level is equipped with the waiting area. The third level is the food court and restrooms. The incoming passengers on the platform level will take the escalator or an elevator to go down to the concourse level to exit the facility.
The community art: Flip book art work on the long walls in the stations could provide another level of experience. Also, attached is a animation of the passengers view from inside of the train looking out to see the flip-book art on the wall form a moving train.
The System: Aimed for 100% solar or self-generated electric HSTs for the future.
This post was submitted by Jung Hwan Kim.