If you’ve been following the Regional Connector project, you may remember that there were some public concerns about connecting the future 2nd/Hope Station to the many attractions along Grand Avenue. (And if you don’t remember, here’s a refresher.)
The Regional Connector Community Leadership Council’s 2nd/Hope Committee, made up of area residents and stakeholders, requested a pedestrian to help bring bring riders from the underground platform to Grand Avenue’s street level. While I’m not always a fan of “sidewalks in the sky” (athough admittedly they tend to make cities look cool and futuristic), I’m a big fan of better connections for people who walk.
So here’s Metro’s updated design plans for the 2nd/Hope Station’s pedestrian bridge. The committee found the design attractive and functional without competing with the extraordinary architecture of its neighbors — The Broad museum, MOCA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc. — while working well with Metro’s modern system-wide station design.
“The committee feels the clean lines and pragmatic design of the bridge will safely connect transit users and area visitors to Upper Grand’s rich entertainment, business, cultural and educational venues,” said Dave Tompson, Co-chair of the Leadership Council’s 2nd/Hope Committee.
There were a few concerns raised regarding the stainless steel cap to the bridge. Some commented that steel could easily be scratched. Others were worried that the flat design may tempt skateboarders to use it despite the clear danger of height. In addition, stainless steel can become hot to touch. (Take it from me, dedicated statue-hugger, you do not want to touch things made of stainless steel on a sunny day.)
Metro designers will consider alternatives in light of the comments, so there will be more design work to come before this station design is finalized.