The Shed at Hudson Yards, New York, NY

Transportation Access and Operation Study

Equity  performed a comprehensive facility access demand study for the Shed, a unique state of the art 225,000 square foot multi-functional art and performance space.  Equity developed a unique study methodology to evaluate various access scenarios in order for the facility to secure approval from Community Board 4.

The study involved first defining the land use and transportation context of the Shed. The second step was rationalizing the Shed’s architecture and operations, including, unique spatial programming capabilities, regular and special event programming alternatives, hours of operation, circulation and access.  The third step in the analysis was to develop a patron demand profile for each of the basic spaces that make up the Shed and determine capacity, daily space demand, mode of arrival profile, and peak hour demand and mode split.  The fourth step in the analysis was to use this profile to break The Shed functions into digestible and simplified operational scenarios.

Through these scenarios, the traffic operational demands of The Shed  were evaluated in relation to the area traffic and transportation system context. This evaluation resulted in recommendations to assist The Shed in its operational planning for patron arrival and departures. The purpose of this Study was to demonstrate to Community Board 4, that The Shed Management has considered its many programmatic possibilities and it relationship to the busy and growing West Chelsea neighborhood and will seek to use this evaluation to optimize its operational success.

Project Components

  • Traffic Analysis
  • Pedestrian Flow Analysis
  • Transit Access Analysis
  • Facility Demand Scenario Planning

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