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  1. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Thank you. Nu'u-Sara has many electrified rail services...... Streetcars, as well as the West Meadowlands Interurban: 900 volts DC, overhead AOS ("Aga O Sara") (except part of the Wildcards line), The Jewel Lines (Le Pasi), Enderbury Electric, many other commuter train lines, and "subway like" lines (e.g. Lili and Cities): 600 Volts Positive Top Contact Third Rail, 300 Volts Negative Top Contact Fourth Rail, 900 total, DC Mainline electrification that isn't 4-rail: 25,000 Volts, 60 Hz, Overhead Aveolela Beach Line, Liliolevao Garden Route: 900 volts DC, bottom-contact third rail Medical Line: 900 volts DC, bottom-contact third rail, linear induction "rail" as well The Catterpillar/Le Anufe: MagLev (not sure what a typical MagLev voltage is) The Anne Frank Express: same system as AOS
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    That mean you go through the exit of the country you're in and then enter the country you're going to before you even board the train? Like Pre-Clearence (USA) or Juxtaposed Controls (EU)? What kind of grades are these trains capable of? The Docklands Light Railway has a 1:17 grade (almost 6%, for comparison, "mainline" North American tracks aren't supposed to exceed 3%) for descent into the Bank tunnels for one of its termini, and there's a special rule that a minimum of two units must be on trains on this route because of a "risk of brake failure." Similar grades exist in the fictitious Nu'u-Sara on the Aveolela Beach Line/Liliolevao Garden Route (shared at this point) past the underground Candice Circle station, where it goes from underground to elevated (MOST of those lines are elevated, like with the DLR, it's cheaper, and staff aren't required in an elevated station, they are ESSENTIAL in an underground station. In the case of the DLR, Bank is staffed by the London Underground. In the case of Aveolela/Liliolevao, while Candice Circle has their own staff, the station to the other side of it, also underground, Gunn-Street/Tamä-O-Le-Aga is staffed by AOS) ----------------------------- I have another question. Any of you have any interesting dead-end streets that are long enough from the nearest intersection and judged important enough to have any transit routes on them? Real life example....Ridgewood Avenue. A long and winding road that dead-ends on the side of a mountain, Montreal's STM 11 terminates there, and has something like 6 stops each way (during late night, another bus makes a detour up and down this road as well!) A couple of similar roads exist in Nu'u-Sara, including Baksersfield Beach in the borough of Georgetown, it is a dead-end street that even has streetcars on it! There are a couple of public beaches on it, so those streetcars and buses get used! ----------------------------- And now....from the Archives of Nu'u-Sara........March 7th, 2018 Well, less specifically, what happened around the month leading up. - The first time ever that a couple of major streets in the boroughs of Lua-Vai and Lua-Ao were closed for Purim celebrations in the mostly Jewish boroughs. The 535, which runs through on Rabin Avenue, Lubavitcher Road, and Rebecca Street, was split into two buses, the 535e and 535w, and LePasi passes were accepted on the Fiddler, Rachel, and Circle lines of the AOS. On later occasions, the 535 would just run in the eastern part, with a slight rerouting, and the western part would be filled by "extensions" of other lines. On a couple of other occasions, the 535 was basically elongated, or combined with a route that went around the blockage, but bus passes were still accepted on AOS trains! - What's in a name? One road, with a bus route along that road, gained a bit of publicity, and controversy around that time. It was a road that, in the south, was a major secondary highway, going through the South and North Meadowlands, then it crossed a bridge onto Lili Island, and terminated at a public beach on the northern edge. It was originally called Christopher Columbus Way. But, due to new controversies, AND, more importantly, because of a desire to honor....Manulele "Mandy" Ai'a'ive, the first female Ai'a'ive skeleton racer to win any medal (bronze, in this case) at the Winter Games. The northern part of the road became Manulele-Mandy Road. The part in North Meadowlands, a borough of Nu'u-Sara, got both the new name, and kept its old. The federal government, and the city government, used the new name. The borough continued using the old name. In the South Meadowlands, it's still Christopher Columbus Way. But....the 166 route run by LePasi only refers to Manulele-Mandy, as of March 1st, 2018.
  3. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Farewise, will TRTA be integrated with SMRT?
  4. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Like the maps! What does CBTC stand for? Sounds like SMART really has....20-20 vision (sorry, could not resist!) I notice you mentioned duplication of service, Nu'u-Sara went through a period that had that, for the dumbest reason. The Royal Crystal Subway (Now known as Aga-O-Sara, or AOS) was allowed to run bus routes, both to test potential subway routes, but also to make the subway routes more meaningful. But a lot of the bus routes ended up copying routes of the awkwardly named National Crystal Capital City Bus Service (Nowadays known as LePasi, or "TheBus"), to the point that you had drivers actually racing, and sometimes they'd sabotage each other's signs. Sometimes a driver of a "not in service" bus would drive slow to get in the way of a bus from the other entity. Thanks to the Gunn Report, this was all ended, the AOS buses (as AOS gained its present name shortly before exiting the bus business) and their drivers were all transferred to LePasi.
  5. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Curious, anyone have stations or stops that are the "least cared about" or worse, infested with crime, or outdated infrastructure, or anything like that, in your systems? Got inspired to ask that by seeing this.... Essex Road WAS a Tube station in London, until 1975. Then it became a commuter train station. But it was the least cared about station, and it was still underground. And the only underground one NOT connected to the actual London Underground. And outside of rush hour, sometimes there were just 2 or 3 trains an hour in either direction. Underground. And the lighting was a joke. See where I'm going? (Things are better there now!) In Nu'u-Sara, the UPA station Femito WAS the worst, just look up that word, you can see how terrible the station was, but it was closed, so it doesn't matter. Still open but seemingly not loved, Anderson Street on the Sekola Line (AOS), tiles that are chipping, lousy brickwork, leaks in the ceiling, and the size (it accommodates 3 tracks total, including a middle one that often has freight on it) and shape means there can be annoying echoes, especially when a train passes on the middle track. Adding to this is the sorry shape of the elevators serving this (one of them is currently out of service). There are plans to rehab this station.
  6. Ok. Something from where I live, Montreal, QC, Canada. Most Metro stations are built with the two tracks side-by-side, platform against either wall.....what would be called "OP" on Clive's Underground Guides. HOWEVER, there are a couple of stations that aren't this way. Charlevoix, despite not being an interchange station, has the platforms stacked, such that going Eastbound you have to go through the LEFT side of the train, rather than the right. Why? Because there's Uttica shale in that area. There's also shale in the area around De l'Eglise, but that wasn't found until work was well underway. It was supposed to be a normal "side-platform" station. During building, part of the station collapsed, taking out part of the street above! They had to radically change the layout. But they went about it differently. It has stacked platforms, but you have to exit the LEFT side of the train REGARDLESS WHAT WAY YOU ARE GOING! It's also the only station where the escalators and stairs are in different shafts (this can feel a bit creepy at times!)
  7. Anyone create their own transit system?

    Awesome map! What voltage do your subway lines use? And what about the LIM line? And the light rail? And now I have a question for you..... For your streetcars, subways, commuter trains, etc, do stations refer to "tracks" or to "platforms" when saying where to board/directional signs? In Nu'u-Sara, it's a bit of a mix. The Aga-O-Sara tends to mostly follow the British/London Underground practice of referring to "platforms." When you have short-turns, stations with multiple tracks, and, much like New York, London, and Tokyo, tracks that are shared in some places, it's important. "The next train at platform 2 is a Kerenge Line River Branch train to..." The same practice is used on the LePasi "Crystal" lines, and the Anne Frank Express (long distance light-rail with 4 rails), as well as TRYA's Serpentine and Tuna Tunnel lines. "Mainline" stations (other than TRYA) generally tend to refer to "track" instead. At stations with both, the terminology used depends on who owns or runs the station. Thus, at Victory Station, even AOS trains are said to come in on "tracks" (but there are two levels with them, the upper level, which has intercity, most commuter, and some AOS has then numbered, 1-22, the lower level, which is AOS and some commuter, as well as Ai'a'ivea Railway's Lili and Cities line, as well as two streetcar tracks, has them lettered, A-H) There are a couple of stations with "stacked" platforms (think of the actual stations of Charlevoix and De L'Eglise in Montreal) where they refer to "Upper" and "Lower" platform.
  8. Anyone create their own transit system?

    From the LePasi archives, December 29th, 2017, Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea, Earth. Logan Street Station reroutings. The first week of Ai'a'ivean Thoroughbred/Solofanua Ai'a'ivea (an NS division) passenger service was marred by broken train tracks, cutting off the Logan Subdivision from access to Floral Crescent. Exceptionally, Logan Street Station will be open all day, and all "northern approach" commuter routes normally going into Floral Crescent will instead terminate at Logan Street Station. Tickets will be accepted on LePasi buses between Logan Street Station and Floral Crescent, alternatively, passengers may use the AOS Sato line between Murphy/Pusi and Floral Crescent, ATSA tickets and passes WILL be accepted on these services. We apologize for the inconvenience, Edward Lewis, CEO, ATSA
  9. Anyone create their own transit system?

    From the Ai'a'ivea Railway Archives......December 19th, 2017 "The Day of the Domes" To passengers on Ai'ai'vea routes from Sei'Oriana: Due to the incident in Washington State, USA, with similar equipment, we decided to, as a precautionary measure, sideline our "OchoLiners", which are variants of the Talgo 8 set, for thorough inspections. In the mean time, other equipment not normally used on these commuter routes will be seen. Most notably, three spare Iowa Pacific sets, intended for state supported regional trains into Jefferson-Meamatasa, have been graciously lent to us, for the rush hour runs, as are twenty-four self-propelled Stallions from ATSA, and six Rail-Diesel-Cars from FarmRail. While these may be different than what you are used to, be aware that passenger fares and ticketing rules are the same. We thank you for your understanding, Pala Ai'aivea, Ai'a'ivea Railways Vice President of Passenger Services This disruption indeed lasted only one day and a half, although the ex-Hoosier State Iowa Pacific trains did start running once a day to Sei'Oriana. The OchoLiners went back into service quickly, hence only some of the runs used "filler" equipment the next day. Said OchoLiners now mostly belong to Fiafia Manu and ENSR, and see service on the Alpha-Prima and Beta-Secondo routes, as well as a handful owned by KCSA, which can be found on longer routes out of Dorothy Street Station. The OchoLiners differ from the Amtrak Talgos in that they are designed for higher passenger platforms, not to mention designed so as to not get in the way of third and fourth rail.
  10. Anyone create their own transit system?

    December 17th, 2030, Nu'u-Sara, Ai'a'ivea, Earth...from an announcement on LePasi (www.lepasi.masiofo.ai) Holiday Celebrations .... Sometimes the Cheer Blocks The Streets! This is the holiday season, from Victory Day in late November all the way to the Matiarch's Birthday in mid-January. There's much to celebrate, and Nu'u-Sara, being a city where one can go around the world and even to other planets WITHOUT GOING BEYOND OUR PUBLIC TRANSIT NETWORK, naturally there's plenty of events going on. If you haven't already, find the pamphlet "Happy Holidaying in Nu'u-Sara", to let you know what's on and where. Everything from the two Christmas Village Scenes you can reach by train (one in the Meadowlands, the other on Rigiola Island), to the Channukah celebrations in Lua-Vai and Lua-Ao, to the Posadas in Nuevas Angeles, to the Nuanua motherhood celebrations in Tunneltown, to...well, read the pamphlet. You can find them at many stations, particularly the mainline terminals, and Tamä-O-Le-Aga/Gunn Street. This means, also, that sometimes streets are blocked. Take public transit, whether it's LePasi, Meadowlands Country, Kiribus or Lili buses, or the Aga O Sara, or various other rail services, including SaraLink branded commuter rail services operated by many different railways. If you're buying presents for all your family and friends, consider doing them in batches so that you don't need a car, or take a taxi home (go out via transit!) Some buses and streetcars do get rerouted, there is no way around this, but we do everything to keep things running smoothly. Whether it's Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa, Tina-O-Nuanua, Winter Solstace, or anything else....HAVE A GOOD ONE!
  11. Anyone create their own transit system?

    From Ai'a'ivean Thoroughbred/Solofanua Ai'a'ivea (ATSA), a division of Norfolk Southern, December 12th, 2030: The Stallion Turns 18! With the main "Spine"* we purchased from Ai'a'ivea Railways back in 2012 being non-electrified, and with our obligations to provide commuter service on it, we needed a scalable solution. Before we even purchased the spine, we decided that electrification was not currently in our best interests. For our freight, this is no problem, as most of our initial "horsepower" was shipped over from the United States of America. But what about passenger trains? While we did inherit some Ai'a'ivea coaches, mostly hand-me-downs from various commuter agencies, it wouldn't work forever. We ended up buying a modified version of Alstom's Comet VI. These are called "Stallions," and come in three variations, being double-ended (can be run singly if needed), single-ended, and cabless (must have at least one single-ended or double-ended car attached, current practice is to have at minimum one single-ended at either end). So on SaraLink** services from Floral Crescent, and Logan Street Station, you can find these work-horses, carrying people to and from home, work, school, shopping, events, friends, family, and everything else. They are equipped for both high and low level stations. They can hold between 100 and 130 people, depending on the configuration, and if there is a restroom or not (we try to have at least one restroom per two cars). The engines of each car are rated 500 HORSEpower. ATSA Stallions are numbered 600-777. Did you know that a handful of them have cafes at one end? And that there are two that are completely first class and twenty that have a small first class section? Did you know that Ai'a'ivea Railways has twenty of these cars as well? FarmRail also has them. So does AOS, they have a total of eight modified Stallions used for maintenance of way on certain outdoor sections. So, as we wish you happy holidays to you and yours, let us be thankful for the Stallion, one of the workhorses of ATSA! *The main routes that were originally built going into Nu'u-Sara were called the Spines, and were owned by Ai'a'ivea Railways, but they were mostly sold to different railroads who bought them, and expanded from there. **SaraLink is NOT a company. It's a brand name for Nu'u-Sara area commuter train services (other than AOS (Aga-O-Sara, the subway system, even though it's built to mainline standards), anything owned by LePasi, streetcars, the Airport and Starport expresses, and "closed systems" such as the Aveolela Beach Line, the Medical Line, and the Catterpillar) Various railways own SaraLink branded trains, and participate in a common ticketing and pass scheme, and get tax incentives and other benefits)
  12. Transit Related Dreams

    This dream was long ago, but been thinking about it today for some reason, so....this weird dream from 2007 had, among other things, continous rain, one of my best friends getting shot (sadly she actually died in 2016, but no firearms were involved) and most importantly for this thread......self-propelled Comet cars. They were AMT 700s (Comet IIs), EXCEPT that they had diesel engines, and thus didn't need a loco. I remember riding one, and for some reason, a blues riff was playing. I since ran with the idea, came up with the "Stallion" DMU, in my made-up network. Why the name? Because said self-propelled comets are owned by ATSA....which is a local division of NS, the "Thoroughbred" railway, they get tax breaks and other benefits for running commuter service on their lines in Nu'u-Sara. I may do some info on this piece of rolling stock in the relevant thread. Just because of a dream!
  13. Anyone create their own transit system?

    This day in history, November 11th, 2017, Nu'u-Sara.... The first time that the 11th of November was honored by transit agencies in the greater Nu'u-Sara area. LePasi, Meadowlands Country and Kiribus buses and streetcars and AOS subway trains were free to members of the Matriarch's Ai'a'ivean Armed Forces, and any veterans thereof (admittedly, not yet that many, because Ai'a'ivea was a young country), as well as serving people and veterans of allied countries who had bases in Ai'a'ivea (e.g. the Canadian Armed Forces, the US Armed Forces). Select trains from various train-operating companies ALSO offered this. Ai'a'iveaa Railways also had a "Brightliner" trainset (the same type used for the All Aboard Florida service) given a special livery with a field of poppies. At 11AM, all vehicle and trains stopped (and pulled over, if need be) for a minute of silence (this was delayed slightly in cases where the train had to get to a "better location" to do said stopping). Since then, the free rides to salute those who serve and the 11AM stop for Poppy Day (known by names such as Veterans, Remembrance, and Armistice day in other places, even in other parts of Ai'a'ivea) have been an annual tradition. At 11:30AM, that year and since, there's be a parade, that would always pass through Victory Station, as well as Nuevas Angeles Union, and Dorothy Street station, between the palace, and the main military cemetery, north of the "Carpet of a Million Flowers" park.
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    @CanadianTransitTycoon Just saw this, it's cool. So, I'm curious, what types of barriers are used? By "turnstile"...are they all the familiar "tripod" type turnstile? Or are there a few types? Do they have different type for unstaffed exits? (Montreal used to, but now it's all tripods....except for certain accessible gates that have those red things that move out of the way, like in Singapore) In the case of Nu'u-Sara, the type might vary, including tripod, London UTS style (large pads that swing open), Japan-style (smaller pads), Singapore style (those red things that move out of the way), Boston style (gates that slide to the side), Toronto-style (those distinct horizontal turnstiles you only see there), Rotogate (Chicago term for High Entry/Exit Turnstile, Nu'u-Sara usually has them at unstaffed entrances), and full-height sliding door AKA Elevator Style (also used at unstaffed entrance/exits). Does SMRT require you to keep your ticket/card? It is the case in Nu'u-Sara's AOS (subway) and commuter train networks, due to the zonal nature (exits that have no gates, or have the gates open for some reason, require you to "Touch in and touch out" if using a stored-value "Octomatic". Besides the screen and voice clips, is there anything else that happens either when one may pass or one may not pass? There's various colored lights....here's what I previously said...several years ago. A relevant message does appear on the display, besides the "Enter" or "Exit" or "Seek Assistance", remaining fare (if applicable) or warning about it being a "wrong" ticket will appear. So what does PMSM mean? @PCC Guy What does an "X" route mean? @Around the Horn Nice design!
  15. Transit Related Dreams

    I had a dream a few nights ago....I was at Mont-Royal station on the RTM Deux-Montagnes line. (Mount Royal Station, looking North) But then a train came....in the wrong direction. And it was a type that's not supposed to exist any more. A 50's era CN EMU. (I think they were called something like EP-52) (For the record, I never rode one of those) And as it was coming, a late friend of mine (sadly, she's no longer with us, and as she was a musician and was lost last year, I'll call her a victim of 2016, much like Bowie or Prince) came rushing onto the platform. (Katherine Anne Peacock) She got there in time so we could both board the train. Sadly the dream ended before I got to see what was inside (Which would have been inaccurate, as I had no idea what the interior was like. I get the impression that it was an EMU-version of CCF's "800s" that were used by CP, MUCTC/STCUM, and the AMT on the Lakeshore Line until they got the BiLevels, but as they were owned by a different railway, they wouldn't have a similar appearance on the inside.) (built by CCF, just like the EP-52s. They were originally steam heated, and originally had restrooms.)