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  1. As in the stations are unstaffed as well as the trains? Is 3 above or below ground? ---------------------------------------- And now for another station guide. Ridgewood Street Terminus Location: 6250 Ridgewood Street, Borough of Grierton, Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea. Secondary entrance at 6255 Ridegwood Street, on the other side of the road. Depth: Origin of Name: It's a terminus for streetcars and a "sub-garage" for both streetcars (lower levels) and buses (surface) Operator: LePasi Service: LePasi Streetcar (routes 112, 167, and E35), Meadowlands Country (route ME60, rush hour only), Kiribus (route K9, limited service) Staffed: Yes, ticket agent (two during rush hours) Gates: None Fare Zone: LePasi (note that any Fe'e-Octopus card valid for any of the AOS/SaraLink zones in Nu'u-Sara is accepted here) Transfers: Served by buses on Ridgewood Street, including 166,* 166a*, 256, P111 and 111 (LePasi), as well as ME11 (Meadowlands Country), and two runs a day of the S40 (Swan Lake Transit) *166 only runs onto Ridgewood Street early mornings, evenings after rush hours, and weekend afternoons. 166a only runs on school days, and is for students. Stores/Services: Convenience store on mezzanine, vending machines ("Automat") and small café in main building on surface. General layout: Main building has café and Automat available to customers, as well as stairs and elevators downwards. Mezzanine level is mostly "catwalk" style, with "bridges" connecting the elevators and stairs from the main building, the stairs from the secondary building, the ticket booths, the convenience store, and the elevators and escalators to the track level. From the mezzanine, a fenced off area is visible that is the lower garage for buses. There are elevated tracks running along the walls that are not used in service, but connect to a storage area for streetcars. The track level has ten tracks, but only five of them are in normal passenger service. There are crossing points between the platforms. Lights indicate whether safe to cross or not. Elevators and escalators: two elevators between surface and mezzanine, four elevators between mezzanine and track level, four escalators (up only) from track level to the mezzanine. Tracks: Twelve visible, only five in normal passenger service. Electrified by 900 volts DC catenary. Art: "Inverted Forest", art installation hanging from the ceiling of the underground section, resembles an upside-down forest. "Streetlamps for Streetcars", twelve "Westmount-style" streetlamps. There are two by each exit, always on. There are also two by the access points to each platform, that light up to indicate a scheduled streetcar. Opened: 2025 Fun facts: -There are proposals to have an underground road on the Mezzanine level "assume" the bus stops for Ridgewood Circle (the end of Ridgewood Street), but concerns about cost/benefit ratio are making this unlikely at best -The main building looks like it belongs to one of the neighborhood mansions. It was intended to be a helicopter hangar, but the presence of nearby sensitive ecological areas, and petitions from other residents on the same street, meant that no helicopters would be allowed in regular usage, so it was sold to LePasi. -The Meadowlands Country, Kiribus, and Swan Lake routes are run for the benfit of storing the buses and streetcars overnight. -This is one of a handful of stations to have LePasi ticket sellers, as most places with underground streetcar tracks or bus routes are connected to a subway or rail station, and the rail operator normally provides the staff. Due to the Underground Railway Safety Act, any station with service at a depth greater than 10 metres below street level (defined from where the lowest entrance is) is required to be staffed. However, at this station, cash fares can be paid to the driver (except for the "E" routes) - On holidays, specially decorated streetcars may be parked on the tracks not in passenger usage.
  2. The subway lines still running, are the stations staffed? Especially the underground ones? In the UK and Ai'a'ivea, it's the law that underground stations have to be staffed, and any station, regardless of its location, there must be staff if all entrances/exits are to be gated (The "Metro" in Newcastle had several stations lose their gates because of this, and the Docklands Light Railway is mostly unstaffed, therefore, no gates) What does CRS stand for?
  3. Sounds cool Does that mean smaller buses for routes with less service, or areas where larger buses are problematic (e.g. due to narrow roads), or are these special routes run on behalf of local boroughs or neighborhoods? Just curious. What are these subways like? What voltage? Standard gauge? I take it Pink Line has newer trains than the others. Bold numbers...are those the newest? Or is there some other significance? Forgive all my questions. Curiosity only kills cats
  4. For your "Second System", what standards do they use for electrification? And loading gauge? Were they built to completely different standards than the other lines?
  5. What a certain type of train looks like.... http://fav.me/ddng9xr The train in the lower-left corner is an M8y dual-mode EMU owned by TRYA (Terminal RailwaY Association) of Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea, It's painted in the paintscheme for the Tuna Tunnel Terminal line, and also has the SaraLink logo, which isn't a company, it's a common branding for "mainline commuter trains that aren't AOS (subway)" (The LePasi owned lines, nicknamed "The Jewels", also don't have SaraLink branding) This train uses pantographs for overhead 25,000 volts, 60 Hz, and a 4 rail system (positive and negative shoes) for 900 volts (600 positive, 300 negative) The y in the name is for "Yerkes", referring to the 4-rail system. And as for safety equipment that these trains would have, go to http://fav.me/ddnfjel
  6. Does your system do anything special for Halloween? Yes, in Nu'u-Sara, definitely yes. In fact, there are even costume contests for all bus, train and streetcar drivers as well as ticket agents and other station staff (with certain restrictions, no masks allowed, the face must be visible, and there must be a badge or other clear identification of being an employee, and costume must not get in the way of typical required movement or be too bulky), and riders are allowed to vote, and also a contest for passengers. Some of the stations are decorated, The Boardwalk Branch of the Elka Sorkin line (AOS) ends with the Rigiala Loop on Rigiala Island, that, at this time of year, becomes a creepy village, with tons of ghosts and ghouls and plenty of screaming. Passengers are allowed on trains on the loop only for this, as well as similar events around Christmas and Easter. Farmrail Meadowlands has its own similar loop, that they ALSO decorate on Halloween, and there's friendly competition between Farmrail and AOS over who has the better loop! Many neighborhoods have reduced speed and traffic lights operating in "stop sign mode" for one night only on Halloween, there's even a warning to allow more time for bus and streetcar trips, EXCEPT for those that are on busways or dedicated streetcar trackage. Also, it's now a tradition that leftover candies, fruits, and other "goodies", both for those who hand them out, and for those with a large haul who feel generous and want to give a bit, are given to volunteers on the Medical Line in early November. The Medical Line, a self-driving linear induction powered train, serves almost all of the hospitals and a few clinics, and these candies are given to the Children's Hospital, and the Children's Section of certain other hospitals. ------------------ And now for something completely different.... From the TRYA (Terminal RailwaY Association) Safety Manual.... "Safety equipment for the Serpentine Tunnels and Tuna Terminal Tunnels. The Serpentine Tubes, forming the bulk of the Serpentine Subdivision, is OPO (One Person Operation) territory. The same is required in the Tuna Terminal Tunnels on the Tuna Terminal Subdivision. Train engineers driving on these sections must be familiar with emergency protocols for the tunnel, and must know how to use the Tunnel Telephone lines in case of radio failure or distortion, it should also be noted that the line between Polynesia Terrace and the South Grotto has some "dead zones" where the radio either doesn't work, or there is heavy interference, the Tuna Tunnels have ever more such areas. Note that the standards for the Tunnel Telephone lines are based on Aga O Sara (AOS), in turn based on those of Network Rail and London Underground in the UK, but is considered a Matriarch's Railway Authority (MRA) compliant form of communications. Only 4-rail equipped trains may use the entire tubes, but pantograph-equipped rolling stock may go into the tunnel as far as the turnback center siding at North Grotto, past Clifford Street. At the same time as doing a brake test at the start of a journey involving the Serpentine Tubes, one should take care to ensure that the needed equipment is present. Firstly, the communications console must have a pair of "Alligator Adaptor" clips, labelled top and bottom, for connecting to the Tunnel Telephone wires. If stopped in a tunnel, remember to clip the top to the top wire, and the bottom to the bottom wire. When connected, switch the communicator setting to "Tunnel Telephone", "Telefoni Aga" or "TTL/TA", depending on the model. A portable Tunnel Telephone communicator is also allowed. Use the "Tone/Current" button, held down for five seconds, if the current needs to be cut manually. *If there is a known problem with the Tunnel Telephone wires in a tunnel, the station preceding it will have the "No Telephone" pictogram next to the signals by the tunnel. In this case, a radio test must be done. **Besides the wires, the adaptor or a portable headset may also use dedicated sockets, found in some locations inside the tunnel, as well as at each tunnel headwall. For this purpose, the "Control" socket is to be used, not "Auxillary" nor "Public Address." Secondly, each cab must have, at minimum, one or more Class U ("Universal") fire extinguishers. These are generally designed to be used in one go, due to the way the contents are pressurized, so doing a partial spray to "test" is NOT allowed, as it drops the effectiveness very much. Thirdly, every engineer driving in this section must have AOS certified anti-shock boots, in his or her size. These are the same kind of boots worn with ELVIS (ELectrical VISibility) suits of rail workers in 4-rail territory. Fourthly, similarly, a sealed bag with a pair of electrical gloved certified for up to 1,500 volts (in case of a spike) must always be kept. If the bag isn't sealed, the gloves need to be replaced. Fifthly, it is imperative to have a short circuit bar, often nicknamed a "Johnny 5" (the robot from the movie "Short Circuit"), or a "Wooden Crowbar" to cut track power if needed. Regardless as to how the tracks were powered off, a Johnny 5 MUST be placed across the track in case of accidental re-energizing attempt. The "crowbar" shaped part must be atop the positive rail, with the metal plate touching. The second plate MUST be touching the negative rail. For cutting the power in an emergency (for evacuation), there is a hierarchy of preferred methods. Firstly, contact the dispatcher via radio, or if needed, via Tunnel Telephone. If that is not possible, open the right-hand window and rub the wires together. If need be, open the left-hand window instead, and also rub the wires, if they are not available on the other side. Using a short circuit bar is the LAST RESORT. If doing this, make sure to LOOK AWAY AND COVER YOUR EYES, as the resulting arcing, while brief, can cause temporary or permanent vision damage. Regardless as to which protocol was followed, it should ideally be placed as close to the front or back of the train as possible, especially if the train is to be evacuated. Each station has spare short circuiting bars, as do the alcoves in the areas where track sections change in the tunnel. In such an area, if possible, a Wooden Crowbar must be placed at both the front and back of the train, unless fire or another hazard makes this not feasible. Sixthly, a "mini-ladder" must be on hand, in case evacuation onto the tracks needs to happen. Ensure that it is secure, and that the Short Circuit bar is beneath it. Each cab must have a mini-ladder in case of evacuation this way. Finally, each cab for a passenger train must have a minimum of two "Disco Ball" type signals. In the event of having to stay in the tunnel for a long time, whether or not evacuation is needed. One should be placed atop the short circuit bar, there is an indentation for this. The other one is to be used in the event that the train is stopped just past a curve, place the ball on a wall fixture at the start of the curve. In the event of evacuation, all passengers must be led either to the nearest station, or the nearest other escape. As most stations are shared with the AOS, at these stations AOS staff will take the lead in any evacuation.
  7. Curious, were any of your transit systems affected by the climate strikes of the 20th and 27th of September? I ask because in Montreal, some buses were rerouted on the 27th, and all public transit was FREE for the day. In the case of Nu'u-Sara, all LePasi and Meadowlands Transit (now Meadowlands Country) buses were free. For rail transport, it was a real patchwork, of what's free, what's not, on the 27th.
  8. A quick question, given how hot it's been recently in parts of Canada and the US.... Water fountains? Any of your stations or stops have them? Many stations that are a) by a beach or park b) major interchange station, or terminus, or c) near a school, community center, hospital, or senior center.... tend to have water fountains as a matter of course, usually minimum of one installed outside the fare-paid zone, and one inside. Different operators have different ideas about this, much like they do with what type of ticket gate to use. Almost every Aveolela station has one also (but Candice Circle only got theirs), usually next to the vending machine for tickets. And what kind of cooling is used? In Nu'u-Sara, most newer buses and streetcars, and virtually all trains, have air conditioning. The older second-hand buses, it's a mixed grab-bag.
  9. STM (previously STCUM): 1997, Novabus Classic. Since then, all ordered buses have been LFSes.
  10. What voltages? Also, what's the configuration, how many cars per "unit"? Or is that adjustable? So is it kind of like a "plug-in hybrid" on rails? And how does it charge, via plug, or pantograph, or something else?
  11. Any of your systems directly or indirectly affected by.....mass grounding of the Max8s and Max9s? In the case of Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea, YES. March 12, 2019 - Ai'a'ivea Airways shuffles their fleet, ensuring that the 737-Max 9s they have are confined to domestic routes. March 13, 2019, following the lead of China, Indonesia, Canada, the USA, and others, the 737s are ordered grounded (but any already airborne are allowed to finish their flights, and "deadhead" moves are permitted, without passengers) Ai'a'ivea Railways, and other railroads that have passenger service, need to step up to mitigate this nightmare, because not every flight can be substituted. Additionally, airports without direct rail access have buses pressed into service (typically nearest transit agency) to ensure that connections can be made, especially important for connecting "flights." Airline tickets are accepted on certain AR routes. To satisfy the need for more trains, many "SaraLink" commuter trains, and in a few exceptional cases, AOS trains, are pressed into service to run extra runs, although this is inconvenient, especially the AOS trains which were meant to function as subway trains, thus aren't as comfortable, and lack restrooms and provisions for food/beverages. In some cases though a "bathroom car" was added, typically a First Class car. The AOS trains were ex-MNR/CDOT M2, M4s and M6s, and were confined to where electrification was provided. Other AOS trains only had 4-rail equipment, and there are no cases where an entirely 4-rail line runs "close enough" to a regularly scheduled flight path. Commuter equipment from other cities, such as the "Rail Swans" and "Turbo Swans" from Swan Lake, were also pressed into service. This "Second Rainbow Era" had a positive effect of enticing more people onto trains, and making station to airport buses become more of a permanent and near universal thing.
  12. From the archives..... March 3rd, 2019 Twins Born on the Aga-Sara March 2nd was one of the few nights where the ENTIRE AOS was running overnight. Because Nu'u-Sara jumped on the "Nuit Blanche" bandwagon. having an all-night party. But the next day would be when something happened. At 10AM, on the Diana Bakersfield Line, at Docklands Crossing, an Ai'a'ive woman, Lanuola Aso'ese Ai'a'ive Santos boarded a train. This blue-winged woman was only carrying a small bag with her, and only wearing a rainbow sarong. She was headed across town to a medical appointment, as she was eight and a half months pregnant. The worst thing that would happen would be if she needed to give birth inside a train on this line, for almost every AOS line used north American "mainline" sized stock (or at least East Coast mainline, no way could you squeeze a Superliner down here!), EXCEPT that one line, due to geological conditions on parts of the line, they had to use smaller trains, and bought a mixture of '73 and '96 Tubestocks from the London Underground (and had more cars made to supplement this). So as she was half way to her destination, her water broke. And she was in agony. An observant passenger used the intercom to inform the Operator, who in turn informed Central Control. One more station away, EMTs were in position to help. It was decided to ride with her so she'd be closer to a hospital. In the cramped confines of a piece of '96 Tubestock, and amid great pain, Lanuola gave birth to two daughters, who were named Tiana (Ai'a'ive varient of Diana) and Jubilee (after the line that the trains came from) At the next stop, Milton, a nurse and a doctor boarded, to help with the "field" delivery. Eventually they reached the stop where they were taken up via the "Fireman's Elevator" (normally used in emergencies by firefighters to evacuate disable people), and to a waiting ambulance. A trail of blood, birth juices and feathers (both from "pre-wings" of the two babies, and the mother suffering the rare "Birth-Induced Moulting" or BIM) marked the train and the station. Nowadays, she could have transferred at Francis Street to the Medical Line to take her to a hospital, but back then the idea of this line didn't even exist.
  13. Back in winter of 1999, at Sherbrooke Metro station. I was waiting for the bus in one of the upstairs areas. First I was approached by a beggar. He asked if I had change, I said no. So he said....French Seal, Female Sheep....you know what I mean.Then a bunch of other guys, presumably beggars, joined him, they started talking and possibly arguing, in French. And then one of them decided that the wall would be good for relieving himself against. As soon as that started, I got out. It was cold, but I didn't want to be in the same area as those people, they seemed like they could have been drunk, stoned, or both.
  14. Forgive my double post, but I felt enough time passed that simply adding stuff to the other one wasn't appropriate. What does D-EU stand for? Are they straight DMUs, like, say, RDC, either Diesel-Hydraulic (like RDC) or disel-mechanical (like trucks and buses)? Or are they DEMUs....Diesel-ELECTRIC MUs? Also you say that D-EH is only available as DMU, and the others.....are there dual-mode variants or something? How many seats does your bus have? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Ok, now it's time for another......Station guide. Name: Rosa Parks/Paka Rosa Location: 1955 Rosa Parks Street, Nuevas Angeles, Nu'u-Sara Origin of name: (English version) Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, civil rights activist from the United States (Ai'a'ive version) misunderstanding of the English name, and assuming it was a "rose park." There's actually now the "Rosa Parks Rose Park", or in Ai'a'ive, "Paka Rosa Rosa Parks", very close. Operator: AOS Rail Service: AOS subway trains, on the Sara line. UPA "Union Electric" commuter trains, an SNW train runs during rush hours. Type: Underground (Tube, cave) Staffed?: Yes, two ticket agents, one at the main entrance, one at the secondary entrance in the Rosa Parks Rose Park. UPA provides an additional ticket agent during rush hour at the main entrance, and LePasi provides one at another secondary exit. Gates?: Yes. Mostly "London" type "pad" gates that swing open. At one of the exits, the one that is usually not staffed, instead the doors are full height and slide to the side. Fare Area: Zone 2-NAN Transfers: Served by LePasi buses and streetcars, including the #90. Also has a bus loop, that additionally connects to a bus garage, and an underground "street" and parking garage. Stores and services: Connected to the Nuevas Angeles Norte underground shopping center. Also has a LeLulu convenience store at ground level in the building with the main entrance. There's a cafetaria in the Rosa Parks community center at one of the secondary entrances. There's also restrooms at the top of the main escalators. General layout: The main entrance is in a building that resembles a cottage, sandwiched between two medium-rise apartment buildings. Here is the convenience store, as well as stairs and an escalator down to the main ticket hall. A passageway to the Nuevas Angeles Norte mall is at the bottom of this, as well as the line of gates. From this line of gates is a passageway, which connects to the secondary exits. The "main secondary" is built into the Rosa Parks community center, and has two elevators, as well as stairs. There are ticket gates here as well, as another ticket agent at all times. The passageway is T-shaped, the "bottom" of the T has access to a tube that goes upwards, on a ramp, and it ends at another tube, that has a road going through it, this is a bus loop. At the other end of said tube is where there is an "automatic entrance", there's only an agent there at rush hours (but there's a phone on either side by the gates) From here, travolators connect to the "secondary secondary", on Wilson Drive. It should be noted that the bus tube is one-way, but with room and provisions for making it two-way in the case of blockage. The entrance to the tube is through a private road that goes into Rosa Parks Rose Park. The other end goes to that "underground street", Lower Harrison, which has connections to a bus garage, a parking lot, and there are "addresses" down here. Another oddity is, once the buses exit the bus tube into this road, they are on the wrong side. As Upper Harrison, which it connects to, is a one-way street, it was decided it would be simpler to have vehicles drive on the wrong side down here, on the left. Back in the station, from the main tube, there are escalators down to the train level, which has two main tubes with platforms and a track each, and a few cross platforms, most with stairs, escalators, or in one case, elevators. A cave takes up the southern end of the platforms, and a small distance beyond (before the tracks head into tubes) Art: Flower beds (roses, naturally) around the primary entrance. In both the Main Tube, and the platform tubes, there are former bus seats in use as benches. A statue of Rosa Parks, sitting on a seat, is at the bottom of the primary access, sitting between the two sets of ticket gates. Much of the station has decorations related to roses, as well as rose-shaped lamps. Many areas are painted in shades of rose and pink. A plaque, giving the history of the person after whom this station is named, can be found at the bottom of the main secondary entrance, near the elevators. Works of art showing the diversity of Nu'u-Sara are on either side of the "transition" from tubes to the cave. Grating with rose-shaped symbols covers parts of the cave that go out from the sides of the station. Quotes of Rosa Parks, in the original English, and translated, into both Spanish and Ai'a'ive, are painted on the walls in many places in this station. Most prominent, by the bus tube, is her quote "I did not get on the bus to get arrested, I got on the bus to go home." Escalators: Seven. And two Travolators at one exit. Elevators: Four. Two between surface (secondary entrance) and Main Tube. Two between Main Tube and platform levels. Tracks: Two. Both electrified to 900 volts total (600 volts positive in 3rd rail, 300 volts negative in 4th rail) This is part of the Sara line, but UPA trains, and a few others, also use it. Of special interest is the practice for loco-hauled trains, of which there is only a handful, stopping so that the locomotive is in the cave area, and all the cars are at the platform. For this reason, there are "repeater" signals AFTER the main signals at this station, for those particular trains, as well as a second set of monitors, for "door-checking", although the loco-hauled trains all have a conductor who makes the final call about when to start the train.
  15. Looks good. What are those letters meaning? (I assume the numbers are bus routes....or do these bus routes have multiple branches? Take a 25A instead of a 25B, for example?) Also, what is faint blue on the right-hand (east?) side of the river? Looks like either a rail line or light rail. I'm curious.
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