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Station Architecture

This component of the Metro Cincinnati project focuses on the most common station types found throughout the system, particularly deep-bore subway stations and stations on elevated viaducts. Each station serves as a point of convergence and divergence; incoming passengers arrive via car, bus, streetcar, bicycle, or walking, and depart on rapid transit trains. For outgoing passengers, the circulation is reversed. Given their purposes as hubs of transportation activity, transit stations also serve as anchors for commercial and residential development.

The goal the station’s architectural design is to accommodate the transition between varying modes of transportation, foster sustainable development patterns, and serve as a public gateway to its surrounding community. For stations on the Metro Cincinnati system, the idea of the bundled tube — a common motif in downtown Cincinnati and on many subway system maps — is incorporated as a recurring element in the stations’ designs. Many vertical elements of the station (walls, columns, etc.) are sloped ten degrees, which reflects the approximate angle of the downtown Cincinnati street grid from cardinal points of the compass, as well as the sloped sides of the rapid transit trains.

Recurring Design Motifs and Influences

Station Typologies

The primary transit hub of the system is at Fountain Square, where four lines intersect. This station serves as the gateway to downtown Cincinnati, and is the nexus of the rapid transit network.

Two typical station types — a deep-bore subway station and an elevated station on a viaduct — represent a substantial percentage of the stations on the Metro Cincinnati system. Although each station in the system is unique, Corryville and Highland Heights were chosen as being representative of a typical subway station and elevated station, respectively.

These stations are further developed on their own pages:

Fountain Square Transit Center

Served by the Red Line, Orange Line, Green Line, and Gold Line, the Fountain Square transit hub is located within the existing shell of the Fountain Square parking garage, and serves as the primary hub of the Metro Cincinnati system.

Typical Subway Station: Corryville

Corryville Station, located in an urban area adjacent to the University of Cincinnati, is served by the Orange Line and is typical of a deep-bore subway station.

Typical Elevated Station: Highland Heights

Located in a suburban area dominated by automobile-centered sprawl, the Highland Heights station on the Red Line is typical of an elevated transit station, and serves as an anchor for future transit-oriented development.