Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Favorite Plane Train voice?
For those who have been to the Atlanta airport, The Plane Train has had a history of different voices. For those who don't know about it, here is a list.
The original voice, from opening to 1994, was an entirely computer generated voice, commonly known as the Cylon voice.
In 1994, the Cylon voice was replaced by a human male voice with the opening of Concourse E. This was done in preparation of the 1996 Summer Olympics, since the original Cylon voice was deemed to difficult to understand by potential future visitors. Also, an onboard chime was added. This voice is still used today at most of the stations to alert of the doors closing. Onboard the trains, this voice lasted until 2002.
In 2002 when the original cars were replaced, a new male voice by talent Bill Murray (not to be confused with the actor) was introduced, and the onboard chime was removed. This voice remained in use until 2006, although there were some short-lived experimental voices in 2005.
In 2006, the first female voice (not including experimental voices) was introduced, featuring the voice talent Susan Bennett (most famous for being the voice of Siri). In addition to being the first non-experimental female voice, this voice was also the first to identify each concourse with the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (exception: D as in David, rather than Delta to avoid confusion with Delta Air Lines). This voice remained in use until 2012.
In 2012, with the opening of Concourse F, the current female voice by talent Sharon Feingold (who also voices the ATL SkyTrain outside the airport) was introduced. This voice is the first not to use the word "Concourse" (instead using the word "Gates"), the first to identify the name of the train, as well as the first to alert passengers to collect their belongings. Also, a new onboard chime was introduced; this was the first voice since the 1996-2002 voice to include an onboard chime.
In my poll, I included all of the voices except any experimental voices (since probably nobody remembers them due to them being short-lived).
My favorite is the current voice.