The Prairie Flyer is a BRT station concept that combines simple, tested and proven design construction with familiar materials such as steel, timber, glass and flora. The Prairie Flyer is meant over time to nestle within existing greened city landscape and coax other city public space that surrounds it over time to become more nurturing, cathartic, and greened. Aside from the Prairie Flyer's aesthetics, its prime functionality is to dignify people with an affordable, reliable, and importantly an accessible transportation service for all ages and abilities. Like a real complex prairie ecosystem, the Prairie Flyer Station's flex space is intended to become its own microcosm. The station's green roofs aid in flood prevention, keep residents cool, and filter air. The windshield doubles as vendor space, and the generous framed glass panels can accommodate site specific artistic expressions. Additionally we have considered space to compliment the City of Madison's multimodal portfolio. Flex space for B-Cycle stations and standard bike parking, or even micro mobility. The descriptions above are fully aimed at meeting the top priorities expressed by Madisonians during previous public involvement sessions compiled in a report by Metro Transit.
- Cantilever Steel Beams (Roof Supports and optional vertical signage)
- Non corrosive sheet metal roof (roof is a trough)
- Plantings for on the ground rain garden
- Treated Southern Yellow Pine
- Toughened glazing panels or pieces (for windshield)
- Cast concrete for seating and aluminum arm rests
- Recessed lighting