Interchanges play a central role in public transportation. Unless the interchanges are working properly, the public transportation system will not be able to sustain itself.


At every interchange in the web of transportation follow these principles:

  1. Surround the interchange with workplaces and housing types which specially need public transportation.
  2. Keep the interior of the interchange continuous with the exterior pedestrian network, and maintain this continuity by building in small shops and kiosks and by keeping parking to one side.
  3. Keep the transfer distance between different modes of transport down to 300 feet wherever possible, with an absolute maximum of 600 feet.

… this pattern defines the points which generate the Web of Public Transport (16). It also helps to complete Local Transport Areas (11) by guaranteeing the possibility of interchanges at the center of each transport area, where people can change from their bikes, or local mini-buses, to the long distance transit lines that connect different transport areas to one another.

Recognize that the creation of workplaces around every interchange contributes to the development of Scattered Work (9). Place Housing Hill (39), Old People Everywhere (40), and Work Community (41) round the interchange; treat the outside of the interchange as an Activity Nodes (30); treat the transfers as Arcades (119) where necessary to keep them under cover; give every interchange a Bus Stop (92) on the Mini-Buses (20) network …

Reference for full-text of Pattern: p. 183low-confidence