27 November, 2007

Missing the Sign's

Welcome to Jacksonville, our Skyway is here to serve you. We hope you enjoy your journey and are able to find your station, since we don't know where it is. None of our signs are in "Plainview".

For as long as their have been railroads, (Okay, Skyways, monorails, interurbans etc...) there have been large signs that decorate the ENDS of the platforms or station buildings. Everyone rolling into a station, need only glance out the window and knows where they are at. I am amazed that somehow the guys who did the Skyway station designs, didn't know this little fact?

So where are the signs? Why don't we have nice signs on the ends of all of the stations loudly but tastefully announcing the place of arrival? You see, "Plainview" should be more then just a City in Texas, with great station signs, those signs should be ours as well.

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The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds. The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.

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