Thank you all for the warm welcome back!
As many of you may have hoped after my little teaser three days ago, I am happy to confirm that Tarkusian Cities is indeed returning from its 3 1/2-year hiatus. The plans to bring Tarkusian Cities back actually happened as a happy accident--Simtropolis' own Dirktator and Cyclone Boom tasked me with obtaining some NAM-related screenshots for a project. I dusted off Chemeketa and both versions of Argentum to that end. I wanted to get a good sampling of GLR and GLR Dual-Networking features, and ended up spending a fair bit of time playing around in Chemeketa, resolving the light rail "cliffhanger" set up by Update 102, which originated back in December 2013.
It was the first time I had truly played the game in quite some time, outside of my normal NAM development work, and I had a blast. I'm not sure how much longer I'll really be able to do anything with the Chemeketa region, as my attempts to try to use an earlier backup to avert a Prop Pox issue in the downtown tile have unfortunately proved unsuccessful, and one of the other built-up tiles shows evidence of disabled props in SC4 Savegame Explorer. Argentum 2.0 also hit a point where I wasn't really feeling it anymore, though I do actually have some archives I've located of some projects I've done there that haven't seen the light of day, which I'm hoping to process into updates. In all likelihood, I'll be starting a new region in the near future, though pending RL (I'm looking at moving out of Oregon, possibly as early as this summer) might put things back on hiatus for a bit.
So, without further ado, here's Update 103, where we'll be picking up with the construction of the Chemeketa Red Line light rail system. The Red Line is designed to connect between Chemeketa Regional Airport to the office and high tech area in the Lila Engel neighborhood, near the intersection of 39th Avenue NE and Ashcroft Street. When we last left off, construction was wrapping up on southern portion of the line, paralleling the newly-reconstructed and realigned Tweedy Boulevard SE.
This update will pick up with the central segment of the line, which will run through Downtown Chemeketa. The route will continue to mostly parallel the existing C&O Railroad line, though in order to minimize disruptions to C&O's operations, and minimize demolition, it includes a "crossover" over the existing rail line, just south of 20th Street SE, and a stretch where it will run in the median of an expanded Rail Avenue, roughly between Salisbury Way SE and 8th Avenue NE. Additionally, the 9th/10th Avenue SE couplet will be extended one block east, from Rail Avenue SE to Liberty Street SE, in order to reconfigure some less intuitive intersections, and allow for a grade-separated crossing of both the Red Line and C&O Railroad.
Here's a look at the finalized routing through downtown and vicinity (click to enlarge).
This is just south of 20th Street SE, near the point where the crossover will be constructed (facing north). The road just to the east is Anglia Way SE (which is now connected directly to Tweedy Boulevard, just south of here). The crossover is needed due to the presence of the rail junction just north of here.
The crossover under construction (facing north)
Here is the current alignment along 10th Street SE, where the couplet with 9th Street SE will be extended one block east (facing north)
The completed crossover (facing north)
The 20th Street SE station on the Red Line, just south of the C&O junction (facing north)
Work begins at 10th Street SE (facing north).
The portion of 10th Street SE between Rail Avenue SE and Liberty Street SE has been closed, in preparation for excavation work (facing north). This part of the central segment of the Red Line is actually the only one where building demolition was required, due to the more extensive reconfiguration of traffic patterns at this spot.
Preparation work also begins on extending 9th Street SE from Rail to Liberty (facing north)
That wraps up this construction update. For Update 104, we'll continue with the 10th Avenue SE reconstruction, and enter into the heart of downtown.