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This is, as it's predecessor, a real life map based on real life roads and routes in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario.

I'm currently redoing the Detroit map, starting with route 19 and eventually encompassing the entire map, to eliminated bugs and glitches that were encountered in the original version, along with being more true to real life, especially road-wise.

As of the posting of this thread, only a small part of Fort Street has been completed. ETA for the first public alpha will be around April.

This is the first public screenshot of the redone map, Fort Street looking south from Outer Drive:
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Work In Progress Maps / West Cayuga City
January 07, 2019, 12:34:56 pm
Since New Year's Day, I've been working on a mod for Cayuga, creating virtually entirely new neighborhoods of Cayuga City. It includes a westward extension of Market Street and several new streets.

Currently it only has one functional bus route operating on it, the 31 City Hall - 76th/City via Market Street, which has 20 minute headways every day between 5 AM and 1 AM, requiring five buses to maintain this schedule. These buses are 40-foot models, which are D40LFs, DE40LFs, DE41LFs, Orion VII NG hybrids, XDE40s and one LFSe demonstration unit.

I've also included a functional elevated rapid transit route over Market Street between 46th Street and 63rd Street.

There is a minor glitch along the parts of Market Street served by the elevated railroad, where passengers may "fly" (yes, fly) up the support beams for the tracks.

I still have plenty of more things left to do (traffic lights, bus stop flags, so forth) and I would like to know if I need any help, it'd be greatly appreciated.

Now, the screenshots:

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City Line Avenue between 75th and 77th Streets: You'll notice an instant difference on either side. The north side of City Line, which is a separate city that is currently unnamed, is there since every suburb needs to have a fancy part and this is one such. Residential streets in that city are largely lined with large trees and colonial revival-style homes. The south side is part of Cayuga City and features a large shopping district between 75th and 77th.



75th/Haverford Split: Nestled in the middle of a low-density rowhouse neighborhood along 75th Street and Haverford Avenue is a mid-rise housing project where the two roads intersect. A neighborhood recreation hall is part of the project and is at 75th and Butler.


Morris Park: Located where Haverford Avenue ends at University Avenue, this park features a football field, a running track, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and small bowling alley. Morris Park separates the low-density and higher-density parts of West Cayuga City.


63rd Street: One of the main north-south thoroughfares in West Cayuga City.


63rd/Market elevated station: Just west of this intersection, Market Street and the elevated tracks cross a small creek that serves as the border between Cayuga City and another city called Darby. 63rd is an "A" stop in the elevated's "skip-stop" system, meaning only "A" and "all stop" signed trains will serve this station.


Market Street and 62nd Street: This can easily be confused for any other intersection along Market Street west of 45th Street, with the street covered by the elevated, it's line of support beams and various multi-floor buildings with storefronts.


60th/Market elevated station: From this station on east, all stations are "all-stop" stations.


56th/Market elevated station: This intersection is anchored by a grocery store and a church.


52nd/Market elevated station: Anchored by an Arby's.


46th/Market elevated station: This is the last station on the elevated portion of the tracks before they turn, diverge underground and turn back towards Market Street.


Market Street between 43rd and 46th Streets: This is where Market Street emerges back into daylight. A high-rise housing project is located right across the tracks as buildings begin increasing in average height heading east.


Market Street and 42nd Street: This is the western boundary of what I'll call Midtown Cayuga, which extends east to the river that runs just east of 30th Street Station and features a number of skyscrapers.


Market/40th subway station: The first underground station on the tracks heading east. I plan to add a parking lot in the green space that exists behind the station entrance.


Market/34th subway station: The anchor of this intersection is an indoor arena used by a yet-to-be-named local college's athletic program, with specific sports unnamed as well.


Market Street and 32nd Street: This may be a bit extra for Midtown Cayuga, but I decided to plop in the Renaissance Center from Detroit so as to have something filling the space and a reason why Market Street no longer exists between 31st and 32nd.


Here are some random bus operation screenshots:





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Transit Discussion / SMART Fast Launched
January 02, 2018, 09:07:00 pm
Yesterday marked the debut for SMART's Fast service. The primary goal is to provide quality limited-stop service along Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan Avenues, connecting Oakland and Macomb Counties to downtown Detroit and downtown Detroit to Detroit Metro Airport. The Woodward line has branches to Pontiac and Troy, while the Gratiot line has branches to Mount Clemens and Chesterfield, and has an additional peak-hours-only branch from Midtown Detroit to Mount Clemens.

For example, specially branded Fast buses cut the travel time between downtown Detroit and Metro Airport to one hour running from 5 AM to 1 AM seven days a week, while SMART route 125 normally takes at least 80 minutes to make a trip between those two same destinations and only enters downtown Detroit during peak hours on weekdays, and would require a transfer to DDOT route 19 at Fort Street and Outer Drive at all other times.

On weekdays, the Woodward and Gratiot lines run at approximately 15-minute headways, while the Michigan line runs at approximately 30-minute headways. Service is free until January 15th.

Other features of Fast include the same $2.00 fare as conventional SMART service, along with free Wi-Fi. Station shelters should be in place by the end of this year.

Additional information and maps can be found at this live link: https://www.smartbus.org/About/News/ArtMID/707/ArticleID/271/SMART-Unveils-New-Service

(Photo courtesy Curbed Detroit)


Video from WXYZ-TV Channel 7:
[youtube width=800]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltcdH2i1X4[/youtube]

And finally, an OMSI rendering for those interested in OMSI stuff:
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Vehicle Modifications / Detroit Repaint Pack
June 26, 2017, 09:22:29 pm


Basically this includes SMART, DDOT, RefleX and Transit Windsor repaints for the New Flyer XD40 and XD60 and all three lengths of the Gillig Low Floor. No ad packs at this moment, however.

Download here!
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General Support / "Complete To" function broken
April 28, 2017, 11:04:20 am
A while back the "complete to" function in the editor broke for an unknown reason. Most of the time even attempted completions to perfectly-aligned nearby splines throws up an error message instead and even most of the time successful completions between one spline type and another often result in the wrong spline being added, for example, if I want to connect a sidewalk spline to a road spline, it's the road spline that gets added.

This has gotten to the point that I'm taking a break from route building, as I had been working on a major update to the Downriver map when this started happening.

Does anyone know what caused this single function to break? Literally all other editor functions are fine.
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SMART in the Detroit suburbs is offering a free gift with the purchase of a pass during this month as an appreciation for it's customers.

https://www.smartbus.org/About/News/ArtMID/707/ArticleID/215/Free-Gift-this-Month
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Vehicle Modifications / LFS 4th Generation repaints
December 19, 2016, 12:24:29 am
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This file includes repaints for the Nova Bus LFS 4th Generation diesel and CNG variants. The diesel variant is based on the new 7900 series Chicago Transit Authority LFSes and the CNG variants are based on the (at the time of the creation of this repaint pack, since then Red Deer Transit in Alberta and VIA in San Antonio, Texas started operating LFS Natural Gas buses) three current real-life LFS Natural Gas operators.

Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5XRcMSC1oqcazRMOVljcHpCR2M/view?usp=sharing
Requires: Nova Bus LFS (latest version)

Best usage for this repaint: For fleet numbers, please use the following:

       
  • Calgary Transit: 8203 and 8204

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  • CTA: any number between 7900 and 8324

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  • Hamilton Street Railway: any number between 1501 and 1524, any number between 1601 and 1641

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  • NFTA: any number between 1501 and 1520, any number between 1601 and 1624



Enjoy!
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Vehicle Modifications / Older CTA D40LF Repaint
December 19, 2016, 12:20:31 am
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This file includes a repaint for the New Flyer Industries D40LF that comes with the Chicago map based on the old 5800 series Chicago Transit Authority D40LFs that ran from 1994 until the current D40LFs arrived.

Download: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5XRcMSC1oqcYTJIVW5fRkVpSVU/view?usp=sharing

Installation details and requirements in readme. You will also need the New Flyer Powertrain Mod. Do note, however, that even though the NFPM also comes with a CTA repaint with the old logo, both repaints were made separately by different people.

Best usage for this repaint: For powertrain, Detroit Diesel Series 50+ZF Ecomat-II, for fleet numbers please use any number between 5800 and 5864.

Enjoy!
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Add-On Maps / Pontiac to Flint
December 15, 2016, 10:38:30 am
Some of you may have noticed on Facebook that I've started working on a new map during my break from working on Downriver Detroit. Even fewer of you know, however, that this is actually a remake of an old OMSI 1 map from 2014 that I actually released for download on another site, but unfortunately, it didn't work on almost everyone else's computers than the one I had back then (just before that one died and I ended up with my current computer), plus, OMSI 1's editor lacked world-coordinate capabilities, so all hills had to be made from scratch and even then most, perhaps all, were very inaccurate and not all of them were put in.

In addition to that route, I'm also including a second local route serving the Pontiac, Michigan area (and is in fact required in order to adapt Sunday schedules from real life). 32 miles to the northwest is another large city called Flint and there I will also add a local bus route there connecting it with the southeastern suburb of Grand Blanc. Connecting the two areas will be a route using Interstate 75 seven days a week that is mostly suited for the MCI D4500CT, though while traveling to northern Michigan back in July I saw an Xcelsior running this route as well (both bus models created for OMSI by MTA3306 and can be bought on the Porais Studios website), somewhere between the nearby towns of Davisburg and Holly.

Agencies operating these routes:

    [*]SMART: routes 752 and 753, serving Pontiac, Waterford and Auburn Hills
    [*]Flint MTA: route 8 local service between Flint and Grand Blanc and route 208 express service between Flint and Auburn Hills


Teaser screenshots (note: these are actually old screenshots from November, I've added quite a bit since):
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Don't expect a release until 2017 at the earliest, though, as I am busy with other things elsewhere.
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Add-On Maps / Metro Detroit Map (No Longer Available)
December 15, 2016, 10:32:58 am

We've all played Chicago at least once, but over time some of us may grow bored of driving there, but we still want a real-world American map, right? Well, not too far to the east, there's a large map to enhance your OMSI 2 experience. Welcome to Metropolitan Motown!
Detroit started out as a humble little rural village back in 1701, but over the next 220 years gradually grew with the advancement of the industrial revolution, starting out in France, then ending up in the United Kingdom, then becoming part of the United States, then back to British hands, then permanently back under American control, ultimately culminating in the conception of the automotive industry, in which Detroit landed a position as the fourth-largest city in the United States. A large, comprehensive, frequent streetcar and later bus network had to be set up to transport thousands of workers to those auto plants. Unfortunately, beginning in the mid-1950's and accelerating after a disastrous riot in 1967, the city entered a hugely notable decline where thousands of structures were left behind to rot while nearby suburbs continued to sprout up from the cornfields that once surrounded the city. Detroit public transit declined with it, to the point that today service is uncoordinated, not synchronized, infrequent and in the case of SMART too far of a distance between routes, leaving about a million Metro Detroiters unserved by fixed-route transit in any form, something that's pathetic and inappropriate for a metropolis the size of Detroit. Since the 1990's, Detroit proper has been undergoing a major transformation that has already produced dozens of outcomes, while strides have just started to be made to make transit in Detroit relevant again.

You'll get a taste of the good parts and the bad parts as you drive across the western, southwestern and southern areas of the Detroit region on nine routes across three agencies. Features include:
  • Largest urban, multi-route English-speaking-world-set map ever made for OMSI (totaling 841 tiles!)
  • Over 75 miles of driveable streets
  • Diverse liveries across each agency
  • Start your day at one of two depots (DDOT Gilbert Terminal or SMART Wayne Terminal)
  • A variety of routes ranging from busy local routes to a park-and-ride route to a bus rapid transit route
  • Multiple AI trains with the downtown People Mover and Amtrak and freight railroad action
  • Unscheduled deadhead trips
  • You may get stopped by a moving bascule bridge or a railroad crossing which may put you behind schedule
  • Work seven days a week (nine routes weekdays, seven routes Saturdays, six routes Sundays)
  • Diverse scenery: experience a gradual change from downtown skyscrapers to deteriorated inner-city areas to suburban to rural to even a huge international airport
  • Authentic bus stop signage for each agency
  • A total of portions of 19 different cities and one township included within the tile boundaries
  • The sightseeing helpers from the Chicago map are used extensively to understand the various landmarks Metro Detroit offers

Public alpha downloads:
Edit October 26, 2018: Due to numerous bugs, including some dating back to the original merger of the two maps forming the basis of this one, combined with it's sheer size and my busy schedule, I have pulled this map from download permanently. A replacement map from me is in the works.
Dependencies are in the readme, of course. Don't read the readme, expect the map to not work at all.

Also, please note that the website that houses some of the dependencies for this map is currently offline, so as of the latest update, these objects have been incorporated into the download. Support is available in this thread and in the VTC Discord:
https://discord.gg/wvyqZNN

Admin Edit: Install at your own risk. Many users have reported their game has been completely broken by this map and had to completely re-install OMSI from scratch in order to restore it.

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