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Old 08-11-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Well, it is official, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Automated People Mover now has a name: The Plane Train.
http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories...09/daily21.html (broken link)

I personally like the name. I can't understand why the airport planners never even thought up a name for it for so many years when other airports have named their automated people mover systems, yet they were quick to name their train outside security the ATL SkyTrain.

Does anyone have an opinion on the name?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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I usually refer to it as the "Terrible Tube Trawler"
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Skokiewood
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Well, namewise, it's not as bad as "Whatizit?"
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Norcross, GA
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I would have kept the robotic voice and called it the Cylon.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:18 AM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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I would have kept the robotic voice and called it the Cylon.
The robotic voice was awesome, unlike that grating, chirpy "WELcome to Atlanta!" female voice you heard at least twice on the escalators on your way up from the...tube train thingy. Those are some really long escalators. I wonder if that's the same voice we hear now on the "thingymabob" train.

It never occurred to me that the train didn't have a name, though. It was just, yanno... the thing that gets you from concourse "X" to baggage claim, or whatever.

The "Plane Train", though? Hmmm. Somehow I don't see that catching on, especially after so many decades of "the thingamajig".
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:11 AM
 
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I would have kept the robotic voice and called it the Cylon.
I also liked the robotic voice. It kind of gave visitors the impression that Atlanta was trying to go for a futuristic theme at the time. Unfortunately, they changed it for the Olympics.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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[Battlestar Gallactica voice ON]
The color-coded maps and signs in this vehicle match the station colors.

Please move to the center of the vehicle, and away from the doors.

[Battlestar Gallactica voice OFF]
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Here is a list of the voices:
  • 1980-1995 - The original Cylon Computerized Voice.
  • 1995-2002 - Recorded male voice for Olympics and addition of Concourse E.
  • 2002-2005 - New recorded male voice for new Bombardier CX-100/Innovia APM 100 vehicles.
  • 2005-2006 - First female recorded voice.
  • 2006-2012 - Current female voice with NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
  • 2012-future - New female voice with NATO Phonetic Alphabet and addition of Concourse F/International Terminal.
There may have been a few that I missed that may have been short-lived.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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careful, doors are closing and will NOT reopen.....please wait for the next train.....

lol they are NOT kidding about that statement!
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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@Andros 1337: Now that is some trivia!

@atl1221: I personally think they should have pushers like the have (or at least used to have) on the Tokyo subway. 20+ years since I have been there, but they used to have nicely dressed young men wearing white gloves whose job it was to push the crowd onto the train!
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