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NEWPORT TRANSIT STATION

The New Port Transit station is the beginning of a much larger re-development of vacated land along U.S. Highway 61 and I-494 and will serve as a future link to a stop along the Red Rock Corridor hard rail line that will connect the Twin Cities’ southeastern suburbs to St. Paul and Minneapolis. As one of the first stops along the Red Rock Corridor Hard rail line, this transit station will set the stage for all future development along the corridor. The design process involved collaboration and input from the City, County and Metro Transit.
This station will be the first building constructed in a 300 acre multi-use development and it was important from the client’s perspective for this small structure to create a presence in this vast open landscape. To achieve this, a large sloping wood trellis canopy creates a symbolic welcoming gesture to commuters and defines an exterior waiting area and public plaza. The station addresses the needs of a park and ride facility and future hard rail connection but additionally was designed to allow the city to host events under the large canopy such as farmers markets and art fairs becoming a more civic performative structure­­. The dedication of plazas and green space around the facility early in the design process sets the stage for it to become the heart of the future development.

Newport, Minnesota

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