Traffic congestion is plaguing major cities all over the world. With the rise of ride-share apps, the pressure on our roads continues to grow. At the same time, transit ridership is in decline. It cannot compete anymore with the low cost and convenience of a shared or personal vehicle. One of the reasons for the decline is the required time and effort to change transit modes. A multi-modal transit hub is the most efficient method of connecting different mobility modes, to make a transfer as fluid and painless as possible

Jamaica Station presents a unique context in which to propose a multi-modal hub. It is the third largest transit station in New York, yet most people associate Jamaica as a stop at the end of the line, a place one passes through but does not engage. Thus, the catchphrase: “transfer at Jamaica.” Our design reacts to three key challenges in Jamaica: the North-South rupture, the back-side condition of the railway area, and the lack of greenery in the environment.

Our proposal reimagines Jamaica Station as a multi-modal hub that manifests in three “theaters”. On the north side of the tracks: the urban theater, housing the subway station and releasing passengers on a direct route to commercial Jamaica. The Atrium acts as the second theater - the grand instance of transportation integration as well as the crossing of the rupture. The third theater presents as a park that also facilitates bus parking, car drop-offs, and the entrance to the air train. In the new hub, whichever modes you change, you are always able to transfer within two minutes of walking.

Creating a streamlined and functional multi-modal hub is a challenge in itself. But we believe we should aspire to more. What contribution are we making to the city?
Where before the railway divided Jamaica, now we connect. Around the hub, we imagine new, high-rise developments. It is time for Jamaica to not only serve as a modal switch, but become a destination in its own right: A liberal monument.