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Old April 4th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #3621
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I'm a bit curious what they specifically had in mind here... Chicago may just be more of the standard bilevel commuter cars, but not exactly sure what the St. Louis prospect is.
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Old April 4th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #3622
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Do you have a source for that?

Not doubting you, but just curious... The article is written a bit ambiguously, but I interpreted it to mean "contracts between [with] Chicago" and "contracts between [with] St. Louis".
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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #3623
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Next, a series in Kyūshū, starting with the renovated JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka.

The West Exit station plaza has been completely redesigned.

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Hakata, together with Tenjin, are the two “hubs” of Fukuoka. JR service, however, is all out of Hakata, including commuter EMUs, intercity limited expresses, and the Shinkansen.

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Hakata Bus Terminal
This serves local buses, as well as intercity buses to the rest of Kyūshū and to Honshū. This is a major terminal for Nishitetsu Bus (bus subsidiary of Nishi-Nippon Railroad, Fukuoka’s sole major private railway) and JR Kyūshū Bus. The upper floors are retail.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3624
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Taxi pool

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There is an underground mall at the West Exit that connects with the Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line. In the future, the West Exit will also house the proposed extension of the City Subway Nanakuma Line from Tenjin Minami via Canal City Hakata.

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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3625
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The station plaza is carefully designed and compact, helping to deal with the large flows of taxis, buses, and pedestrians. The latest redesign has reduced the number of curb cuts, streamlining pedestrian circulation.

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Peering onto the platforms.
Depending on the operator, the ends of the platforms may be designated as “smoking areas”.

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An 817 series commuter EMU in the distance.
I’m quite fond of this (older?) style JR Kyūshū signage, and much prefer it to the modern all-blue style that they seem to be installing everywhere.

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The second-floor promenade outside the new West Exit station building, known as JR Hakata City. This is one of the largest single station tenant buildings in Japan.

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The south end of the station plaza has been completely converted to a pedestrian and open space, including a small undulating canopy and megascreen.

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This was a well-used space… Lots of passengers came here to rest or to take in views of Fukuoka.

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These porcelain tiles can be found all over the station… They’re modeled after the Arita-yaki, a style of porcelain-making that is native to Kyūshū.

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Hakata Hankyū department store

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Hakata used to be a separate city from the rest of Fukuoka, and the main station still retains its old name.

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Public art on one of the canopy columns featuring a map of Kyūshū

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The new station building was designed by Mitooka.

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Special dedication plaque with the name of everyone who worked on the JR Hakata City project:

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The new third-floor concourse

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I suspect these were new station staff getting a tour of the facilities.

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Full-color LCD departure boards

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I always find JR Kyūshū’s commuter services interesting… The Kagoshima Main Line services in particular are quite frequent (of couse, not Tōkyō levels) and cover long distances. Arao is two-thirds of the way to Kumamoto.

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At the north end, the services reach as far as Mojikō in Kita-Kyūshū, at the very northern tip of the island and just across the straits from Shimonoseki and Honshū.

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Does every stations have English time tables and information boards?
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Unless you are out in the boonies somewhere, most stations nowadays have electronic departure boards in the station concourse and on the platforms, and virtually all of these are programmed for both Japanese and English.
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Yes, those metal blinds drop down in a space below window level when not in use. Hankyu is a big user of these types of blinds, they are made of aluminum, supposedly modern day versions of the old wooden blinds you associate with trains running in tropical countries from colonial days.
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Do you have a source for that?

Not doubting you, but just curious... The article is written a bit ambiguously, but I interpreted it to mean "contracts between [with] Chicago" and "contracts between [with] St. Louis".
quashlo, the following article seems more well-written, appropriately so as business newspapers are better at reporting railway issues accurately:

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The first two rail cars for Metra will be built from shells that arrive in June from Japan and be outfitted with wiring, heating, cooling and other systems in Rochelle. As production increases, the shells also will be made in Rochelle, a spokesman said.

Nippon Sharyo, which has been providing rail cars to Chicago-area transit agencies such as Metra and South Shore since the early 1980s, previously outsourced final assembly to Super Steel LLC in Milwaukee.

The Metra order runs through 2015, but the company also is building some rail cars for transit agencies in Virginia and California. Nippon Sharyo plans to bid on rail-car projects funded by the federal stimulus program, including about 30 new cars that will be put into service between Chicago and St. Louis. The contracts are expected to be put out for bid next month.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/artic...tra-production

*I wonder if Nissya is going to offer single level rolling stock like KHI's K-star Express.

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Hm, must have missed that one...
So it's 110 mph "high-speed" intercity rail.

Since it'll be FRA-compliant, probably best to keep expectations low.
Still biding my time until the day when we can see trains like the new Skyliner AE series or Odakyū's Romancecar 50000 series VSE somewhere in the U.S.
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Yes, those metal blinds drop down in a space below window level when not in use. Hankyu is a big user of these types of blinds, they are made of aluminum, supposedly modern day versions of the old wooden blinds you associate with trains running in tropical countries from colonial days.
Now it makes sense. Thanks.
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Hakata Station, Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line

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In addition to station numbering, the Fukuoka City Subway uses pictograms unique to each station. The pictogram for Hakata is a roll of Hakata-ori silk.

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At Nishijin Station
Meinohama is the official western end of the Airport Line, but some trains continue onto the JR Chikuhi Line another 45 km to Nishi-Karatsu.

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Being a comparatively newer system with limited through-running, all stations on the subway have platform doors.

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