The CJ is now over 1,000 views!!! This is awesome for me, because this is my first CJ and I didn't know what was going to happen. The feedback has been positive so far and I'm really thankful for everyone's interest.
I'll tackle some replies and then we'll go on to the update.
thefunktopus - Wow. This is a very nice comment you left me with. I'm glad to see you'll be investing in RAIL in your cities.
Today's update is all about rail--ground rail specifically. As I mentioned, Keilah and North Keilah grew rapidly in the 70s when they became a hub for electronics manufacturing. However, prior to that these cities were small and depended heavily on the rail to commute between the two (there was lots of open land between them). Originally laid between 1910-1915, the system was designed not just for passenger transit, but there were also dedicated lines from the industrial sectors to Keilah's seaport.
The stations in the pictures were updated in the early 90s to their modern design. Fast forward to the late 90s, the GRS now exists only in the heart of both cities, moving north to south in a loop architecture. Rapid Transit has replaced many of the lines. In terms of freight, North Keilah has a small freight station, but it only used for late night transit. From midnight - 3 AM, the freight traffic is opened, and passenger traffic is suspended. All in all, during the day and evening, the GRS transports some 84,000 passengers per day. It is the fastest way to get from one city to the other.
In early 2001, talks began between the cities to merge the elevated rail system and decommission the GRS. However, there are political issues preventing progress.
Anyway... on to some pictures...
Here is the GRS map:
We'll work our way from the bottom up...
Here is Keilah's Terminus Station:
The station sits across from Keilah Arena. Many technology conventions are held here. Here is a night shot:
This is the last stop in Keilah before crossing over into North Keilah:
This is the section of the rail where it breaks towards the ocean in North Keilah. The train below is headed towards Keilah's terminus station.
A shot of the rail running near the ocean:
And finally, some shots of North Keilah's main station:
(check out that guy running the red!)
I hope you guys enjoyed the update. I look forward to your comments and feedback.
Next up: Keilah