Fantasy Metro/Subway for Norfolk, VA – Part 1

This will be the first in a series of blog posts revolving around my fictional transit systems. I was originally going to begin with my Mushroom Kingdom fantasy transit system, but I still have to make a few changes to the map before I can upload it.

Instead, I will be focusing this post on a completed fantasy subway system map for the Hampton Roads, VA area. As I mentioned in many areas of my blog, as well as through my various Facebook posts, Norfolk, VA already has a light rail line (which by the way turned one year old this past September). However, I started to think to myself “what if they had an extensive subway system?” So I began to create a fantasy subway system map on Google Maps that would serve all of the major areas in around Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The composition of the system is somewhat based off the Paris Metro in Paris, France. I even chose the color of each subway line to match the colors from the Paris subway (Line 1 on both systems is represented with a sunshine yellow/orange color for instance).

You can view my Google map by selecting the link below.

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=209017093338133213456.0004b8ba2207f5d064c85&msa=0

As you will notice, the system has 10 different subway lines (plus one shuttle line, called Line 7A). I will update this post shortly to describe further where each line travels to.

Could we see an electric-powered bus soon?

YES! I’M FINALLY BACK TO POSTING ON A REGULAR BASIS! I apologize for any inconvenience caused by my recent period of downtime.

No, it’s not a Sci-Fi plot. There are plans already in the works to introduce an electric powered public transit bus.

Let me say that again, THIS IS AN 100% ELECTRIC POWERED BUS, NOT A HYBRID.

In fact, the wave of the future could be coming to many cities real soon! That’s because there is a prototype is set to roll out in the Tri-Cities area of Washington (state) by the end of this year! If the testing phase is deemed a success, we could see this bus go into regular transit service all over the country! I can already imagine this bus operating in various transit districts.

Want to know more? Be sure to read Zac Ziegler’s recent post about the project.

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012