As you have not yet seen the entire city, here is a picture of Attabar. The original planners of the city followed the ideas of New Urbanism. There are streets in a grid pattern, and public transportation is an important part of the city's infrastructure. The highways were intended to encircle the city instead of cutting through it, also providing a clear border for urban growth. For the most part, the metropolis has not been developed outside of the highway ring; the surrounding areas are reserved for industrial zoning. Click on the thumbnail to see the full-size image.
A major construction project has recently taken place in Attabar. The location of the city's only rail terminal caused a lot of problems for passengers. It is located in a suburban commercial area with a significant distance between it and the central business district. The terminal also was overcrowded, as the number of platforms at the station was not enough to keep up with the rise in rail traffic resulting from the city's rapid growth in recent years.
In addition to this, passengers who wished to pass through the city on a north-south route had to make a significant detour to do so. Those who wished to travel past the city from the southeast to the northeast borders and vice versa had to ride a train all the way around the city, to the terminus, and then transfer to another train at the end of the line. From there, they needed to make another detour around the northern half of the city. A north-south rail line along the coast was never planned for.
It was decided that something needed to be done about the problem. A few different plans were considered by the city's transit authority, including one to utilize existing highway right-of-way to replace the ring section of highway with a through railway. It was eventually decided that the best course of action as far as having a railway station be central to the urban core was to build a terminus station. Planning began for the station's exact location.
The final plan was for a terminal with several underground platforms and a bus terminal as well. It would be located with the tracks facing west and ending in that direction. Three city blocks' worth of buildings would need to be demolished. The ideal area was chosen, which was central to the downtown core.
Click on the following diagram to see a rough outline of the location of the station and the rail lines:
There was some debate among the members of the Transit Authority on whether to have most of the railway be at ground level and close the inner lanes of the highway to accommodate six tracks, or leave the coastal freeway undisturbed and tunnel beneath it for the tracks within the city limits. It was eventually decided that the second option would be chosen, as the city had a lot of money to spare.
After a long construction period, the station is finally complete. It is, to this day, the most expensive construction project in the history of El Mundo Nuevo. Entering and passing through the city by train is now a very attractive option for commuters and travelers.
The rail tracks to and from the station split apart and curve in opposite directions (north and south) under the highway, and a through route bypassing the station and city also exists under the ground beside them.
What exists in this project's future? More lines will be planned and built as part of new growth in the city in the future, connecting to this station. The city's tramways have two stations on different sides of the terminus; one future possibility is to connect the tram lines to the station with a tunnel, allowing trams to directly enter the station and use some of its platforms. This has the potential to make transferring from train to tram much easier for passengers.