Vulnerable, sterile and inefficient are an unflattering introduction to a city.
Reinstating Penn Station as Pittsburgh's Union Station would not only create an inviting city gateway, but could mend the inefficiencies between Pittsburgh's varied modes of transportation.
By forcing pedestrians to navigate across dangerous intersections and leaving tourists oblivious to the proximity of their connecting routes, an appreciation for Pittsburgh's skyline, history and culture are lost. Topographic separation dilutes the sites connections and, as it stands now, the Burnham Rotunda to holds no significance to the commuter.
To mend the site an elevated walkway over Liberty Avenue should be constructed. This walkway would connect the Bus and T station to the second floor of the adjacent Greyhound building.
An arcaded port cochere would span between the walkway and the Amtrak station, operating as a welcoming collective space for pedestrians and retail vendors. The collective space would not only facilitate the routine behaviors of the city but welcome visitors whom may not be familiar with Pittsburgh. Lastly, a stair way connection should be made between the Burnham rotunda and the parking structure attached to the Post Office.
This walkway will allow for an expedited, pedestrian friendly route to the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.
With the addition of a series of stairways and an elevated walkway this landmark location could once again operate as a pivotal point for tourists and local commuters developing a cultural appreciation, while addressing the modern requirements for city life and commute.