Originally Posted by Insoluble
As much as I like this new tower from the 2nd floor up, Inga is absolutely on point here. This thing makes absolutely no attempt to integrate itself with the neighborhoods to the east. Granted the Naval Square development right next to this already kills a lot of the urbanity leading up to the waterfront, but this development would completely finish the job. I'm really hoping they reconsider their site plan after Civic Design Review.
This also points out the need for improved public transportation options around here.
So taking this on a rainy day I decided to create my own new Fantasy map to tie new potential infrastructure and job centers (UCity/30th St Railyard/CHOP S Street/South Bank). In addition a loop in Center City; extension on Columbus Blvd and us of the Pennsy Cut.
My grand plan (fantasy) also has extensions as follows:
Parkside Ave and an extension of the Bala RR Line (only now Light rail) through the park to Bala and using the existing bridge to terminate in Manyunk on Main Street.
Another that extends from the Pennsy cut at Girard up 33rd street to eventually use the Chestnut Hill West RR Row to make thi line from RR to Light Rail.
There is also an extension of the same line as above through CC (on Market) and north on Columbus to Girard.
The loop would include either the Bala/Manyunk extension (terminate at Market/Columbus) or the CH West to Girard Line which would run through the Pennsy Cut and down Market to Columbus.
The Loop would run across the Girard bridge over to the zoo.
There would be new key stops to include potentially:
Parkway (Barnes/Franklin Inst)
(Potentially Reading Viaduct which it will use)
South Street (Both ends)
Loft District (To me to be a zoned development site)
De River Waterfront
Bella Vista/Passyunk Sq
Girard (Both ends)
Spring Garden (but see no reason to directly connect)
It would also leverage a fair amount of exiting Higher speed ROW to include:
30th Street Railyard and extension to South Bank
Fairmount Park (Both sides)
Bala RR Line
CH West RR Line
Columbus Ave Median
It would have both visitor site seeing benefits and job center benefits
I could see each line runnin peak on 15 minute headways; making for 5-10 (max) headways in the core loop. Also could see this as being a 21 hour line (esp on weekends to help better serve core areas.
Just one mans rainy day Fantasy but the more I think of this the more I really how this would significantly enhance PT options in the core
So here it is
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