This was meant to be part of the last update, but it was already running a bit long.
The monorail is now complete. Its has been the most complicated stage of Qualicums growth so far and needed a large amount of planning
to not disrupt the city too much. It has also made the planing council take a look at some long standing buildings and consider redevelopment.
First of all, decicisions had to be made about which areas needed train access the most
1. The main priority areas. The main reason for the line (although noone will admit to it) is to ferry the upper class sims from the Manesee
apartments to their downtown jobs.
2. The Offices in Manesee and White Castle Gardens are also areas in need of transport.
3. The demand in these areas is significantly less, but the designers have been encouraged to include access here if at all possible. Places
like the Lester Young Memorial Park (the towns baseball stadium) and the Cranston Park Industrial Complex are expected to feature stations.
4. These areas are not being given priority, however, the route may pass through them in which case, stations should be built. The sprawling
residential neibourhoods have space for parking, and the sims there want to keep their cars. The high-rise projects near Franklin Avenue and
the new projects in Dorset, are of course being largly ignored, the rich rarely seem to care about the poor.
The route has been drawn up and will look something like this:
The Black line shows the initial phase, with the white lines showing proposed future developments. For now Cranston Park and Dorset will have to remain unserviced.As you can see the line extends off the map. This is to create a link to the new industrial port being constructed further down the coast. This route should not cause too much destruction to existing buildings but the dashed line shows where downtown will need carefull planing not to harm Qualicums historic and iconic buildings.
The white line shows the proposed rout through downtown. A location for a station has yet to be decided.
The red shows protected buildings such as City Hall, the hospital and the court house. These must not be touched!
The yellow shows areas that may be built on, but should remain undisturbed if possible. Although the strip to the south of Franklin Avenue will remail undisturbed, the city is trying to decide whether it should be developed in the near future. Or should it reamain as it is to provide the ilusion of open space, in contrast to the tall buildings that will soon overlook it. What do you think?
The blue shows areas which are to be demolished, this will include the destruction of the Qualicums central police station and the famous cinema, the Rio. This is not a popular decision but the need for the monorail is too great.
Several days/ months/ years later, and the line is complete
The sims are more or less content with the new trains but would like to know if there is a way to put some grass or pavement underneath the tracks, they look a bit out of place over barren ground.