2013 CHICAGO PRIZE COMPETITION: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations

This competition seeks to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago’s urban fabric.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Transportation
Country Chicago, United States
Registration Deadline 13 May 2013 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 13 May 2013 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Description
NEXT STOP seeks to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago’s urban fabric. Importantly, NEXT STOP seeks proposals that realize BRT as a system of solutions: each design team must submit designs for three different prototype sites and demonstrate how BRT station design can be adapted to each context.
This competition is a vital component of the planning process for Chicago’s bold, new BRT transit initiative. BRT service offers faster, more efficient, and more reliable travel than traditional bus service. Designed for busy streets with heavy vehicle traffic, BRT systems can integrate a number of features, including:
- Dedicated bus lanes or separate bus rights-of-way from normal street traffic.
- Transit signal priority, which extends green lights and shortens red lights for buses.
- Fewer stops and additional customer amenities, including pre-paid fare collection, neighborhood maps, and digital displays with bus and train arrival information.
- A uniquely-identifiable fleet of vehicles with a distinct look and brand.
- Special stations designed to increase the speed, comfort, and ease of travel.

Jury
Not yet announced

Prize
First prize: $3,000
Second prize: $1,500
Third prize: $750
Honorable mentions

Entry Fee
$90
Students (with valid ID): $50

Entries
A maximum of four 11”x17” boards and a written statement of no more than 250 words

Timetable
Winners announced at a special event at the Chicago Architecture Foundation: 6 June 2013

Links
Past winners

Organizer
The Chicago Architectural Club

Official Website
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