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Re: New Atlanta MARTA metro design unveiled

Posted by Sand Box John on Fri Jan 14 08:14:07 2022, in response to Re: New Atlanta MARTA metro design unveiled, posted by Jackson Park B Train on Fri Jan 14 04:19:25 2022.

It is not the arches per se so much as the unnecessarily immense sizes.In fact my favorite BART stations all have shallow arches on the fare mezzanine. But that is exactlt the problem. Those mezzanines are tall enough for the trains. there was no need tohave the platforms another level below.

The immense size of the arch was used to create unobstructed sight lines and to quote the late Cody Pfanstiehl "eliminate the feel of the station being a warehouse basement".

I have always favored shallow cut and cover for a combination of reasons. While I am not against beauty in subway architecture, I do believe utility should override--case in point. Think of the time wasted with multiple escalators to extra deep stations versus say local stations on the original subway in NYC. You will still be somewhere on the escalator while I have gotten a token(Metrocard) entered , boarded a train and be at the next station.

I totally understand your reasoning. Almost all of WMATA's deep station are that way for topographical or geological reasons. There also was the desire to reduce surface disruption during construction hence the reason why island platform stations in subway dominate the system.

John in the sand box of Maryland's eastern shore.

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