UEP Students Betsy Byrum, Nathaniel Fink, Rayn Riel, and Xiang Yu were awarded the APA-MA Chapter Student Project Award for their 2015 Field Project. The project, “Making College Square: Leveraging Public Transportation for a Safer and Greener Campus,” undertakes a study of the opportunities for transit oriented development associated with the MBTA’s Green Line Extension through Somerville and Medford. The team conducted an on campus planning charrette, which was covered in a previous blog post last year.

Proposed Green Line Extension

Proposed Green Line Extension

The report focuses on planning the College Ave stop, located on Tufts Campus:

Site of College Ave Station

Site of College Ave Station

The team made recommendations to the Tufts Campus Planning Office and Office of Sustainability on strategies for shifting to sustainable transportation, improving safety, and building a sense of place in this new public space. The report features photos of the area to provide context and the engagement process with students and faculty.

Congratulations to the team! Next semester will see the next round of potentially award-winning Field Projects for 2016!