Is Public Transportation a necessary upgrade for Saint Louis?
In the next many years, from what has happened over the last many years, Saint Louis needs more public transportation. If every single person, 47,600 people who can fit in the stadium, drove their own car to a Cardinal’s Game at Busch Stadium and drove away back home there would be a lot of gas, a lot of pollution, and a lot of traffic. Saint Louis is not known for traffic, pollution, or smog. Then multiply that by 162 Cardinals games, then possibly the postseason. There is a ton of gas. Since there is a lot of private transportation, too much, there needs to be a place to park your car. Vendors can make lots of money charging for parking, but it is not good for the environment because it means lots of cars come to park there. It also takes up space. It you look at an aerial view of Saint Louis, then you can tell there are so many parking lots and parking garages wasting space in the valuable land of downtown.
What is the need for Public Transportation
In Saint Louis, there are too many parking lots which waste valuable space in downtown, this is a result of private transportation. If there was more public transportation there would be less parking garages. In the 1800s, when Saint Louis was peaking, they were known as the gateway to the west, which was a huge attraction which brought an economy and population. Now, since Saint Louis is less important anymore, more people have bought an innovation which has changed the world: cars. Now, the streets and highways of Saint Louis are jammed with cars at rush hour. People always plan their traveling around these times, but they shouldn't need to. We will build a public transportation hub. There will still be cars, but less cars if buses and trains are used. One train carriage can hold easily 60 people, then add four carriages: 240 people, or six carriages: 360 people. That is about sixty to ninety cars saved. Then multiply that by 6 trains: about 1800 people use a public transportation less energy system. But, people will argue a Metro link station is out of the way and inconvenient and it is more time consuming to wait for the train at stops. But, in the long run, the pros will add up to be superior over the cons. With a public transportation hub, there will be more public transportation which will decrease gas, energy, and pollution amounts.
So, what is the point of the Public Transportation Hub?
Our building is addressing this problem by including more public transportation. This is an important method because more public transportation means less harm on our environment and less gas consumption. Under our building will be a subway station that takes people to Cardinal Games, to our pubs, and/or to the rams games. We will also have public busses that take groups to different parts of town such as a Blues Game, Rams Game, or the Gateway Arch. There could be a network of many spots. Some green materials we will include in our building are glass windows which means we don’t have use as much electricity to light our building. We will also have a “U” shaped building for more natural sunlight with the three parts: base, shaft, and capital. We would like to use lots of brick, terracotta, and granite and marble. All these materials will make our building attractive and green. To relieve the amount of water we consume or utilize, we will implement a sub-surface drainage system. This will be gutters 6-8 inches beneath the surface, then they will run through gutters, 12-24 inches apart from each other, to a drain where it can be contained and re-used. this water collected will be used in toilets and other domestic uses. We will install low flush toilets and smaller diameter faucets. Using all of these methods we will save lots of money, help the environment, and help Saint Louis grow as a city. Let alone, the footprint of Saint Louis as a city.