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Congestion is the mother of invention

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Good afternoon Simtropians,

As the influx of citizens to the Georgiana region continues unabated, transportation planners realized that one of the small stations in the burgeoning city of Cabriana needed a massive upgrade. Not only was the station too small to accommodate the rapidly increasing passenger traffic, but there was a need to address the surrounding roads so that trains did not interfere with the movement of cars, trucks, and buses in the district. The nearby industrial district and marshalling yards for the port did not help matters, either. In sum, the whole area was a traffic control nightmare.

Here is the eastern portion of the work zone (north is to the right), including the Carrollton station and the northern and eastern passenger lines:


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This is the western portion of the work zone , showing the two connections with the marshalling yard (just out of view at the top of the page), and the passenger rail lines coming in from the south and west. The at-grade crossings are particularly annoying for car drivers at any time of day.


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After some hard work, the station has been wonderfully upgraded to ILLTonkso's Baron Cross Station, with 8 platforms, and a much larger concourse. As you can see, the improved offering has had immediate benefits in both industry and residential construction!


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Cars and trains no longer get in each other's way, and everyone has a faster, safer commute in the area.


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The addition of four rail lines entering the station would have meant making these intersections practically impossible for road traffic to use, so the elevated road has been a blessing for all around. It also means that the extensive area to the west of the station is now usable to park trains at the end of the day, or simply to wait their turn loading passengers for the morning commute.


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The rather long trains that head east and north are no longer an obstacle in the eastern portion of the city, and have a much smoother ride out to their destinations.


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All around this was a pretty good improvement over what was there. It was all made possible by those wonderful folks who developed the NAM, as well as ILLTonkso for his station.

As always, feel free to leave your comments and criticism, and please don't forget to rate!!

Until next time . . .

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