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ION -- Name that train
#11
(11-23-2014, 12:34 AM)KevinL Wrote: Whoops! I seem to have confused his role in founding Guelph with that of Galt (reasonable mistake).

Who is John Galt? (Sorry, couldn't resist)

Louis Breithaupt would be my top pick, it would honour several important figures with the same first and surname.
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#12
While obviously contentious, I think there's something to be considered for naming trains after living figures. Thinking of RIM, Perimeter, IQC, etc, Mike Lazaridis is a great name for investment in and belief in our region. When I'm a visitor to a small town, seeing a name of a historic figure from days gone by doesn't draw me in, or if I am looking to be drawn into the world of these historic figures, I'm not looking to do it best by a name on a train.

But when I'm a visitor to town and my mind is still taking stock of places I'd live/invest in future, when I'm a student who still thinks this is just a university or bedroom community, seeing big well-known names of the present, ones that have either gone on from Waterloo to do great things, or came here later in life to do the same (or did great things here and have always lived here), that is more likely to connect with me, and actively engage my mind in the possibilities of today and tomorrow.
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#13
There are currently over 400 inductees into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame so that might be a good place to start.  

On the other hand, why not name each train after a Regional Councilor that voted for the project?  That way, praise or wraith can continue to be heaped on the politicians long after they have retired themselves.
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#14
If the trains are to be named, I would like to see one called Berlin. Actually, if it's not too late, one of the stops (Young or Benton) should be called Berlin.
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#15
(11-24-2014, 04:41 PM)jgsz Wrote: If the trains are to be named, I would like to see one called Berlin.  Actually, if it's not too late, one of the stops (Young or Benton) should be called Berlin.

Any word on if stops will be given "names"
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#16
I believe they may have "names," but the names have to be (or should have to be) unmistakable. What does "Berlin" mean? Kitchener? Which stop in Kitchener? Why do I want to get off at that stop? Street names are the consistent ones for wayfinding, unless it's a permanent, large-scale destination, like University of Waterloo, or Intermodal Transit Hub. If I can mistake it for anything, or can look at a system map and feel like I have no idea where I'd want to go or where or what a stop is, I won't use it.
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(11-26-2014, 10:56 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: I believe they may have "names," but the names have to be (or should have to be) unmistakable. What does "Berlin" mean? Kitchener? Which stop in Kitchener? Why do I want to get off at that stop? Street names are the consistent ones for wayfinding, unless it's a permanent, large-scale destination, like University of Waterloo, or Intermodal Transit Hub. If I can mistake it for anything, or can look at a system map and feel like I have no idea where I'd want to go or where or what a stop is, I won't use it.

We talked about station names at Wonderful Waterloo a few times. I remember specifically a discussion about the stop at King and Pine- I am in favour of a name that includes the moniker "Midtown," but others said that it should reference the hospital as the main trip generator.

I agree with you that they need to be obviously meaningful- "Berlin" or even "Old Berlin," I think would be very cool, but it would not convey a lot of information to most riders, so isn't ideal.
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#18
I continue to hope for "King Victoria" station rather than "Intermodal Transit Hub". Wink
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#19
Intermodal Transit sounds like something straight out of a bureaucrats desk. Hopefully we can come up with a better name than that. King Victoria has a nice ring to it.

Innovation district, Kaufman, Breithaupt, Google, School of Pharmacy, Kitchener City Hall, Tannery, 1 Victoria, old buildings, new buildings, old factories, renovated structures, modern architecture. Is there a word or set of words that can capture all that change+tradition in one name?
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#20
(11-26-2014, 10:56 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: Street names are the consistent ones for wayfinding

Taking a [very, very] long term view a problem with street names occurs when there's more than one station that crosses a particular street. Consider for example what happened when the Yonge St subway in Toronto was extended making a U-turn and crossed King, Queen, Dundas, College, Bloor et al streets for a second time.

Some day I hope to see a grid of LRT lines criss-crossing our region. At that point we'll have to have this discussion again.

N.B. I did say, "Taking a [very, very] long term view..." Wink
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