Cindyville Fictional Transit System – Part 1

Greetings everyone!

In this installment of my fantasy transit systems series, I’m going to present to you another fictional city that I have a transit system for.

A map of the Cindyville rail system. The Blue and Red Lines are elevated rail lines, The Green and Yellow Lines are People Movers, and the Purple Line is a Commuter Rail Line. By HARTride 2012. ~ Click on the image to take a closer look.
A map of the Cindyville rail system. The Blue and Red Lines are elevated rail lines, The Green and Yellow Lines are People Movers, and the Purple Line is a Commuter Rail Line. By HARTride 2012. ~ Click on the image to take a closer look.

This is the fictional city of Cindyville, by which I had a decent bus system set up for (including schedules and route maps) before my old computer crashed. This map is the rail system that complements the bus lines and allows for fast service around the area.

RAIL LINES AND HISTORY OF THE SYSTEM

The blue and red lines are both elevated rail (like the Chicago El). The Blue Line was built first and opened in 1998 between Patsyville Airport and Cindyville Airport. The Red Line quickly followed, and opened in 2004 between Old Town and 22nd Ave S. The segment between 22nd Ave S and 75th Ave N opened in 2012. Both El lines are fully automated and operate similarly to that of the Paris Metro Line 14.

There is also a People Mover system around the Cindyville Airport, the Yellow Line, though it not yet complete to the south. The first link opened between Terminal 1 and the Transportation Center in 1998, along with the Blue Line El. The Terminal 2 station opened in 2003, and the link to Terminal 4 opened in 2008. Terminal 3 is planned, but will not be built anytime soon.

A second People Mover line, the Westside Connector, was actually the city’s first mode of rail transport, opening in 1987 as a demo line. The connector was nearly demolished in 1993 due to low ridership, but was saved after transit advocates were able to convince the city of Cindyville to extend the line to the Central Station and connect it to the then-proposed Blue Line El. The two original stations along the Westside Connector are 22nd Ave S and Riverwalk (which was originally called Lynnhaven Blvd). The third original station was called Mildred Park and was demolished in 1996 to make way for a 5 block extension to the Cindyville Central Station, which opened along with the Blue Line El in 1998. The Central Station serves as downtown Cindyville’s transit hub, serving various bus routes, the Blue Line El, the Westside Connector, and the Eastside Commuter Rail.

Speaking of which, the Eastside Commuter Rail is denoted in Purple and opened in 2004 as a quick and easy way for commuters in the east suburbs to avoid driving on the interstates. The commuter rail line is modeled after the Music City STAR in Nashville, TN.

SERVICE HOURS

Both the Blue and Red Line El’s run local service only, there is no express service at this time, although some stations along the Blue Line (Ridge Rd, Old Town, Central Station, 75th Ave N, and Patsyville Airport) are structured as four-track, three-platform stations to one day facilitate express service if the Blue Line is extended southward.

The Blue Line El operates 24/7, since it is a vital link between airports.

Weekday frequency is as follows:

  • Weekday peak frequency (4am to 9am, 3pm to 7pm) is 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Weekday midday frequency (9am to 3pm) is every 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Weekday evening frequency (7pm to 10pm) is every 15 minutes.
  • Weekday overnight frequency (10pm to 4am, Mon thru Thurs nights) is every 30 minutes.
  • On Friday nights, from 10pm to 2am (Saturday morning), frequency remains every 15 minutes to allow customers to enjoy city nightlife.

Weekend frequency is as follows:

  • Saturday early morning frequency (2am to 6am) is every 30 minutes.
  • Saturday morning frequency (6am to 9am) is every 15 minutes.
  • Saturday midday frequency (9am to 4pm) is every 20 minutes.
  • Saturday late afternoon/evening/late night frequency (4pm to 2am Sunday morning) is every 15 minutes to allow customers to enjoy city nightlife.
  • Sunday early morning frequency (2am to 6am) is every 30 minutes.
  • Sunday daytime/evening frequency (6am to 10pm) is every 20 minutes.
  • Sunday overnight frequency (10pm to 4am Monday morning) is every 30 minutes.

The Red Line El has more limited hours, since it runs along the eastern downtown beltway (freeway). Service is more like 24/5 (running continuously from 4am Monday until 2am Sunday morning). Beginning, November 3, 2013, service hours will improve along the Red Line, as the city of Cindyville has set aside additional funding for the transit system.

Weekday frequency is as follows:

  • Weekday peak frequency (4am to 9am, 3pm to 7pm) is 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Weekday midday frequency (9am to 3pm) is every 6 to 10 minutes.
  • Weekday evening frequency (7pm to 10pm) is every 15 minutes.
  • Weekday overnight frequency (10pm to 4am, Mon thru Thurs nights) is every 30 minutes.
  • On Friday nights, from 10pm to 2am (Saturday morning), frequency remains every 15 minutes to allow customers to enjoy city nightlife.

Weekend frequency is as follows:

  • Saturday early morning frequency (2am to 6am) is every 30 minutes.
  • Saturday daytime frequency (6am to 6pm) is every 20 minutes.
  • Saturday evening/late night frequency (6pm to 2am Sunday morning) is every 15 minutes to allow customers to enjoy city nightlife.
  • Service stops at 2am Sunday morning, and then resumes at 7am.
  • Sunday frequency is every 20 minutes all day (7am until end of service at 10pm).

Holiday service for both the Red and Blue Lines follow the same schedule/frequency as Sunday service.

This map placard would be seen inside Red and Blue Line trains. By HARTride 2012.
This map placard would be seen inside Red and Blue Line trains. By HARTride 2012.

The Westside Connector and Airport People Movers have varying hours, but frequent departures.

For the Westside Connector APM:

  • Service operates 24/7, including holidays.
  • Trains depart every 90 seconds on weekdays (from 4am Monday to 2am Saturday) and every 2 minutes during weekends and holidays.

For the Cindyville Airport APM:

  • Service operates 24/7, including holidays.
  • Trains depart every 90 seconds between 4am and 10pm, 7 days a week, including holidays.
  • Frequency decreases to every 2 minutes during the overnight (10pm to 4am).

The Eastside Commuter Rail operates Monday through Friday from 4:45am until 9am and from 3:15pm to 9pm. Service frequency varies between every 45 minutes to every hour. There is also additional late-night service on Friday nights (9pm until 12-midnight) to allow customers to enjoy city nightlife.

For those wishing to enjoy nightlife until 2am Saturday morning, and also on Saturday night, a supplemental motorcoach shuttle bus service (Cindyville RailOWL Shuttle) operates along the Eastside Commuter Rail corridor on Saturday mornings, departing the Cindyville Central Station at 12:15am, 12:45am, 1:15am, 1:45am, and 2:15am. Saturday night shuttles depart the Sanderson Station (serving all commuter rail stops) for inbound service every 15 minutes between 6pm and 10pm. Outbound service shuttles depart the Cindyville Central Station every 15 minutes between 9pm and 2:15am.

ROLLING STOCK

The Red Line El uses the CVX-1996 rubber-tyred automated railcars, which are based off the MP 89CA trains from the Paris Metro Line 14. These trains originally were distributed amongst the Blue and Red Lines, but operate solely on the Red Line since it was extended from 22nd Ave S to 75th Ave N in 2012. Trains run in 6-car configurations.

The Blue Line uses the CVX-2006 rubber-tyred automated railcars, which are based off the MP 05 trains from the Paris Metro Line 1. These trains have been in service along the Blue Line since 2011. Trains run in 10-car configurations.

Both the Westside Connector and Cindyville Airport APMs utilize Bombardier Innovia APM 100 cars in 3-car configurations.

Norfolk Fantasy Subway – Part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my fantasy transport projects, so let me go ahead a provide an update. I’ll first start with the Norfolk fantasy subway system, and then next week, I’ll follow up on the fantasy rail system for Tampa.

In this installment of the Norfolk fantasy subway system, I’m going to profile Line 5. Line 5 is structured similarly to Line 3 in terms of station layout and express service. However, express service is only available south of Norfolk. The segment that is north of the Kimball Terrace/NSU station has trains making stops at all stations, regardless if they are running local or express service. Line 5 has a total of 19 stops and connections to every subway line in the network (including Line 7a) are available, as well as connections to the various fantasy light rail lines T2, T3a, T3b, and T4. There is also a connection to the T1 LRT (which is The Tide LRT Line in real life) at the Kimball Terrace/NSU station.

Line 5 is a steel-wheeled line and uses rolling stock that is similar to the R-142 rolling stock from the New York City Subway. Other steel-wheeled lines use a newer rolling stock that is similar to the R-160A from New York. During the rush hours, trains run in 8 car configurations while during off-peak times, trains tend to run with 6 cars.

To see a Google Map of Line 5, click here.

In my next installment, I’ll go over Line 7, followed by Lines 8 and 9 later in June. In July, I will profile Lines 1, 2, and 6, and then Lines 4 and 10 in August. Along the way, I’ll also be profiling the LRT lines and compare my visions with real-life plans.

Fantasy Metro/Subway for Norfolk, VA – Part 3

In my third installment of my fantasy subway for the Hampton Roads, VA area, I focus on Line 3. Line 3 connects the two busy military hubs of Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station Oceana via the Lynnhaven area and Norfolk International Airport. This particular line has 18 stations and is one of a few that have express service. To view the Google map of this route, click here.

Because Line 3 has express service, it is one of the few subway lines that follow a four track configuration (similar to some of the lines of the New York City subway) for most of its route (I’ll go through the exceptions in a later posting). Most stations encompass two island platforms, with the outer tracks facilitating local service and the inner tracks facilitating express service. Stations that are “skipped” during express service have barrier walls facing the express tracks. The line is also completely underground and connections are available to subway lines 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

The rolling stock used for Line 3 is similar to that of the MP 89 from the Paris Metro, as Line 3 is one of the few rubber-tyred subway lines in the system. The other rubber-tyred lines in the fantasy Norfolk system include Lines 1, 4, 6, 7, 7A, and 10. The other lines utilize traditional steel wheel trains similar to those used on the New York City Subway. I will go over the rolling stock of the fantasy Norfolk system in a later posting.

Like my Line 7A map, I’ve listed all of the Line 3 stations on my Google Map.

Happy New Year! ~ 2013…here we go!

Happy New Year everyone! With the start of 2013, I would like to let everyone know what I am working on for the month of January. Some of the posts that I am planning out include:

  • Ventra: An innovative common-use transit payment system that is being implemented this year throughout the Chicago transit system.
  • Paris Metro Line 12: From it’s beginnings as the Nord-Sud Line A, to its recent extension towards the northern Parisian suburb of Aubervillers, Line 12 is a vital north-south axis for the city’s growing subway system.
  • Part 3 of my fantasy subway system for Norfolk, VA: Where I focus on Line 3 of the fictional subway system, which connects the military hubs of Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Air Station Oceana near Virginia Beach. The fictional line also passes by Norfolk International Airport.
  • Part 1 of my fantasy rail system for Tampa Bay, FL: Since I’ve been talking quite a bit about my fantasy subway for Norfolk, I thought about reviving my fantasy rail system for Tampa. I originally sketched up a map of possible light rail and commuter rail lines prior to the defeat of the 2010 sales tax referendum.

Plus: Updates on HART MetroRapid, and MLK Holiday transit services.

In the next couple of days, I hope to have a poll question posted as well. This question will be in regards to the medians of Interstate 275 in Tampa. I won’t go too in depth, as to not spoil the surprise. However, some of you may have an idea of what I’ll be asking.

In the meantime, I invite you to check out Zac Ziegler’s latest post on Tampa’s light rail ambitions. This post comes not very long after a recent poll showed that many Tampanians now support a sales tax increase that would help fund light rail…something that seemed unclear just two years ago. If you haven’t read up on his other post regarding the 1% sales tax for transit, which he describes what could have happened if the 2010 sales tax referendum in Hillsborough County had passed, then I invite you to read that post as well, as I found it to be a very good read.

Also, I’ve made some updates to the About and Projects pages.

I hope that your 2013 is filled with joy and prosperity!

Warmest Regards:

HARTride 2012

Fantasy Metro/Subway for Norfolk, VA – Part 2

I have two small updates for my fantasy subway project that I’m doing on Google Maps that revolves around the Hampton Roads, VA area. The first update consists of the addition of five tramway (light rail) lines throughout Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth. I will briefly go through where each of the lines travel to. You can view the map here.

  • Tramway 1 (T1) travels from Naval Station Norfolk, through downtown Norfolk, and towards Virginia Beach. A portion of this line comprises of the existing Tide Light Rail line.
  • Tramway 2 (T2) travels from downtown Norfolk towards Suffolk via Chesapeake.
  • Tramway 3 (T3) is a semi-loop line that travels from Portsmouth through the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Oakleaf Forest, Fairmont Park, and into Naval Station Norfolk from the east.
  • Tramway 4 (T4) runs from Portsmouth into Suffolk. An extension is planned to go into downtown Norfolk, but it has been a challenge. ~ In reality, it would be a challenge connecting Portsmouth to Norfolk via LRT due to the Elizabeth River being quite large. I have to ask myself if a new tunnel would have to be built.
  • Tramway 5 (T5) connects the Lynhaven Bay area to downtown Norfolk via the airport.

I will likely make more changes to the LRT lines later. I now realize that T5 could really be a part of T3, but I’m not sure whether to merge the lines. And you may notice how I number each of the LRT lines. The naming/numbering convention used is similar to how the LRT lines are numbered in Paris, France.

My second update is a stand-alone map of the Line 7A subway. Since it is the smallest subway line, I thought I would make an individual line map of Line 7A first. Line 7A basically runs along the beltway that partially surrounds Suffolk. Originally, it was part of Line 7 when it terminated at Holland Rd. However, when Line 7 was extended towards the outer fringe town of Courtland, a bypass tunnel was built along Holland Rd to facilitate quicker service into Norfolk. Thus, the original beltway line was made independent. You can view a map of Line 7A here.

I want to stress that these are just fantasy systems, just like the Mushroom Kingdom transit system. There are actual efforts to try and extend the existing LRT line in Norfolk towards Naval Station Norfolk, as well as Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. However, I am not sure if the proposed extensions will ever make it out of the planning books. It sure would be nice to have a neat network of light rail lines, as well as BRT lines throughout Hampton Roads.

If you want to share any comments, or have questions, feel free to drop me a line via the Contact page.

 

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

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.