The City of Rochester and the State of New York are exploring options for replacing the existing Rochester train station building with a modern new building that will improve access to the larger rail network, including a new high-speed rail, as well as improving logistics and usability for all types of building occupants. Although there is currently a design proposal completed by a local architecture firm contracted by the city, the design solution proposed in this thesis project will not adhere to the project description created by the City of Rochester. Instead, it will use the basic premise of a new station in the same location as the existing station and explore how an urban transit station can provoke change and development on the border of the regenerating downtown area.

Using the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD) in its design, the station will serve as the hub of its neighborhood and in some ways the city. According to the values of Rochestarians, TOD, station design, and sustainability, the design will be iconic to Rochester, a model for efficient and comfortable transit stations, and a leader in sustainable design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Railroad stations--New York (State)--Rochester--Design and construction; Transit-oriented development--New York (State)--Rochester; Sustainable urban development--New York (State)--Rochester

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Jules Chiavaroli

Advisor/Committee Member

Thomas A. Trabold

Advisor/Committee Member

Howard Decker


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TF302.R6 C37 2015


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