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What a great day out on the corridor... I wish I had brought my camera.  There are crews furiously finishing flower planting in all of the beds (mums I think) which add a LOT more color to the center of the road.  I saw crews putting banners on the light poles, and all the fare boxes were having the cardboard taking off.  Wow, the new fare boxes actually look like fare boxes from a real transit system, not the antiquated ones that look like they're from 1965 on the rest of the system. 

 

Quick Question:  Are these machines going to be accepting credit/debit cards right away they way it appears they are set up to do? (Please Transit Gods let the answer be yes... lack of this function is the number one reason I don't use our transit system more)

 

fare machines should take credit / debit from the start, although each transaction will have to be authenticated with RTA and the bank, so i'm not sure how quick it will be in practice.  the machines you see on euclid were built for cleveland - they are a bit smaller than NJ and LA systems which use same company.  they can only hold a couple of types of fare media, so you'll only be able to buy all day passes and single trips from these machines.  the "pay fares here" sign is also being replaced by a map of euclid ave and either better/more consistent lighting or a light diffuser.  in the coming weeks the machines will be have spanish instructions as well.

 

the machines can also communicate via cellular link, so hopefully if this is successful on redline and healthline, the proof of payment system can be extended to the green and blue lines so that all of our rail system has a consistent payment method. 

 

one other interesting feature of the larger machines (16 total, in tower city and few other places) is that the machines use coins and bills used to purchase fare media as a source of change for additional purchases, supposedly cutting down on change/bill refills.

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I heard at least one UO poster on the show this morning (Guv). He was VERY enthusiastic, which is normal for him. This project is all about the people!

 

What show was it?  I'd like to try to find it on their website.

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they can only hold a couple of types of fare media, so you'll only be able to buy all day passes and single trips from these machines.

 

That's too bad.

 

the "pay fares here" sign is also being replaced by a map of euclid ave and either better/more consistent lighting or a light diffuser.

 

That's good to hear, because they look pretty cheap with that current setup.

 

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Also, new banners in University Circle:

 

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Another question: is anything planned for the curved side of the kiosks at each station?  Other than political stickers and scribble graffiti?

 

 

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Oh, nice!  That just happened during the day today!  I was wondering if they were going to put up banners.  There are always so many banners around UC that I thought it looked weird without them!

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^^Thanks for the shots, Map Boy...and in advance, thanks to everyone who posts shots in the next few days of the system opening...I am sick that I can't be there for it!  But man am I excited.

 

 

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Some more pics from inbetween playhouse square and east 9th.  I think the banners and the new flowers make a big difference.  And in addition to being absolutely giddy about having "real" fare boxes, the interactive map is amazing (3rd to last pic).  It has everything.  I played with it for a bit.  In addition to having lots of updated info about locations, it has tons of history.  You can even access audio played with slideshows of historical photos.  KJP will be so pleased the even have a whole audio / photo presentation to the old Cleveland subway plans!

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Now how come the landscaped medians are anti-pedestrian on East 12th (and removed for that reason) yet part of the pedestrian-friendly setting on Euclid (and added for that reason)?

 

I think the landscaped medians look great. As long as they have occasional gaps in them to focus pedestrian crossings, they can be functional and pro-pedestrian as well.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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RTA had a good idea in selling advertising space  where the fare boxes back up against  the glass part of the stations.  is Medical Mutual currently the only example of that?

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Some quick notes about today and the weekend...

 

* The kiosks, which now say "best in North America" are being replaced with locator maps for each station, showing where you can walk to. Not sure when the switch will be made.

 

* At 2:30 p.m., there will be one HealthLine vehicle at East 4th Street for the ribbon-cutting. It will head eastbound and pick up passengers and continue. All fares on the HealthLine are free from that time through Sunday night.

 

* As the #6 buses pull into Windermere, they will go right to the Hayden garage and be replaced by RTVs.

 

* I will be at the East 24th St. station from 10:30-12:30 on Saturday, stop in and say hello. I will also be taking photos of the 11am dedication of the bike lanes.

 

* If any of you have photos to share with RTA, please e-mail your best ones to jmasek@gcrta.org, both now and thru November. We only have a few weeks before the bad weather begins, and I want a file of as many warm-weather shots as possible. Thanks.

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Please make sure you guys take a lot of pictures of all the festivities today. I'm stuck at school in DC, and disappointed I won't be able to be there. I've been looking forward to this day for over 4 years.

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Please make sure you guys take a lot of pictures of all the festivities today. I'm stuck at school in DC, and disappointed I won't be able to be there. I've been looking forward to this day for over 4 years.

Spoken like an expectant parent.  :wink:

 

I think we've all been waiting patiently.  Today we'll see if the marketing (and education of the masses) has been properly executed.  I expect a spike in ridership the first few months - and I hope it last.  I PRAY to the Transit God's that this is successful, leaving the naysayer’s and non public transit riding regulars, nothing to complain about.

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I'm going to take a late lunch to go to the opening, but I wonder why RTA didn't schedule this to happen at 12:00 when thousands of people would be out on lunch.  Seems like that would have been a better time to tout the new BRT's.

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I'm going to take a late lunch to go to the opening, but I wonder why RTA didn't schedule this to happen at 12:00 when thousands of people would be out on lunch. Seems like that would have been a better time to tout the new BRT's.

 

I wondered that too, I would have been able to attend if it were at 12:00.  The only thing I can think of is perhaps they didn't want to risk disrupting people who use the #6 or drive on lower Euclid to go places during peak lunch time.

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Hope this project works out well and performs up to expectations. It's not my thing, but I do wish you all well.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Just out there - i.e. 1:15.  As every other day, scanty crowd around the main blocks of downtown, including around Euclid and E. 4th.  Incidentally, too bad Vivo didn't reopen by this time as they had said they would.  Although they kept the tables all "set," I'm told they will not be back at all.  Tsk! 

Besides the 120-or-so planters that are supposed to be installed by the spring planting time, does anyone know what is yet to be done?  I haven't seen all that much artwork yet - and I understood there'd be a substantial amount around Univ. Cir., in particular - so what else has to be installed?  I've got the planbooks but I'm sure a lot of the plans have changed since their production.

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Just finished an information session for prospective students at Case, and it was so nice to refer to the HealthLine in present tense instead of future.  Woo-hoo!

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Hope this project works out well and performs up to expectations. It's not my thing, but I do wish you all well.

 

How is it not "your thing?"

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I didn't take any ('don't do digital, etc.), but considering where I was standing when many photos were taking of the the participants in the ribbon cutting, I might well be IN some....

One little thing:  I wondered if anyone else noticed the unfortuniate situation whereby the two storefronts behind the speakers are vacant - the former (and apparently not-to-reopen Vivo) and the former cafe space to the right of the Arcade entrance....

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lafont, you're like the PD.  Your posts start off with something positive or nice and you send each post into a death spiral with a negative comment at the end.

 

Good Job!

 

 

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long... but i did stick around for the thing to actually open and hopped on.  I originally intended only to go one stop just to say i tried it out, but ended up out by the agora before I decided to turn around... All in all, delightful.

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County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones:

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Obama stopped by:

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Former mayor Jane Campbell and hubby Hunter Morrison:

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Councilman Joe Cimperman:

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Carl Monday, looking for his next investigative reporting target:

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Mayor Frank Jackson:

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Looking east:

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The ribbon:

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The ribbon cutting:

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That kid cracked me up - he was shooing away pigeons during the ceremony; I think DCA should hire him!

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Not sure who that gal was but she was stunning!

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And off she goes!

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long... but i did stick around for the thing to actually open and hopped on.  I originally intended only to go one stop just to say i tried it out, but ended up out by the agora before I decided to turn around... All in all, delightful.

 

So would you have been the person I noticed from my office window who got off in front of the Agora and immediately walked over to the westbound platform to get back on going the other way?

 

Mayday, thanks for the pics, looks like a good turnout

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Hope this project works out well and performs up to expectations. It's not my thing, but I do wish you all well.

 

How is it not "your thing?"

 

It's not a big deal for me. Sorry, but to me it's just a big streetscaping project and it looks nice. There's no law that says we should agree on what excites or doesn't excite. If you are excited about it, then that's all that matters.

 

I'll see it tomorrow as I'm heading over to Little Italy. I might even take some pictures.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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