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#51 renamerusk

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 10:05 PM

 

 

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Too much emphasis is placed on coming together at the ITC......  I would develop two additional transit terminals for downtown; one being at the former M&O tunnel for the North and West Lines; and the second being at the junction of Lancaster Avenue and Jennings Street for the South and East Lines.....The two new terminals offer this one important advantage: a preexisting unobstructed route into downtown that avoids any enormous disruption to present day or post development traffic flow within the CBD.....Reopen the M&O tunnel for streetcars traveling (North) and (West) with a transfer connection point at Panther Island via the FWRR corridor to the Stockyards or to CD/WR area.  Develop a surface/underground terminal using the Jennings Street underpass for streetcars traveling (South) to the City Maintenance facility at Felix via the Hemphill Street corridor......

 

What this photo so aptly illustrates is that there is an existing conduit into and out of the CBD via Jennings Street that eliminates the need to construct an expensive bridge or tunnel to cross the  I-30/RR barrier.  Add this to the existing M&O Tunnel; and you would have three of the four accesses into and out of the CBD (southern, northern and western).  If Fort Worth is to have rapid street car transit and the powers to be insist that cost is the utmose issue, then transit proponent city will want to demonstrate some cost cutting ideas such as the Jennings Street and M&O Tunnel Options.

 

However, just looking at what Austin, TX is doing, it is still beyond me why Fort Worth took the stand that it did when it rejected the money for a street car.  Oh yeah, we have to have a commuter rail for suburbia and to get to an airport that is becoming increasingly marginal for domestic traveling.



#52 Jeriat

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 04:26 PM

Station Example: EaLine 

 

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The style of these stations are more modern with a strong, cylindrical column holding 4 beams and a light-weight metal roof. 

 

Bench and bricked floor pattern. 

 

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Glass "sunroof" 

 

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#53 Jeriat

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:56 AM

Station Example: Southsider's

 

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I figured brick and stone would be best to represent the neighborhood buildings in the Near Southside, while adding a slight industrial touch to it (the metal beam and single light linear light above) to represent the neighborhoods further south of Hemphill. 

 

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 05:38 PM

We all really appreciate the creative posts that you add to this forum, Jeriat.

I'm amazed by the thought and work that you put into them.

Great job!



#55 Jeriat

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:23 PM

We all really appreciate the creative posts that you add to this forum, Jeriat.

I'm amazed by the thought and work that you put into them.

Great job!

 

Thank you. 

It's all just to get my ideas down before I become old and forgetful. 


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#56 Jeriat

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:13 AM

Station Example: W

 

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Since this line connects to the Cultural District, I used the 'Y' columns to reflect The Modern and art museums. The brick floor, lamp posts, and benches all come from Camp Bowie, which is what the majority of this line takes up. 

 

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:21 PM

Station Example: Frog Line

 

....I'm sure I don't have to explain the design and all. 

 

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Well that's it for that. I have one last thing to do and then I'm done with this thread. 

Coming up next: Main Station @ the ITC


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:53 PM

The revised plan for the central ITC station for the 5 lines. 

Pretty clear to what I'm going for. Four of the lines run along Jones St., while the north line would connect to 8th Street. That way, the trains aren't all crammed into just one spot. 

 

The red squares are obviously buildings, used for the offices, indoor seating, and some retail. Still thinking about what I want to do with the "drop-off". 

 

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:16 PM

I don't have everything in mind right now, BUT I have thought of some pretty radical changes to my rail plan. 

Rail lines: 

 - Replace "EaLine" with a line with another. Commuter Rail would be more suitable for the eastside and is already on the drawing board.
 - Maybe create a line from Downtown to Northwest Ft. Worth/Lake Worth 

 - Redirecting "Southside Line" and "Frog Line", Magnolia Ave and more of South Main would be used.  

Stations and etc. 

 - Subway stations for two or even three of the lines in downtown 

 - Closing off Jones St. from Lancaster to E. 12th, making that section of the street exclusive to rail stations.  

 - Replacing and expanding the current UTA downtown campus, reusing it as rail stations and offices for The T's rail department
 - Connect the campus to the Ashton Depot with a small plaza/waiting area and reuse the Ashton as a two story food court and shop. 

 - Replace the warehouse south of the Ashton Depto with an Equipment Maintenance Facility
 

 

More to come. 


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