Friday, January 15, 2010

Dayton's Miami Valley Rail Authority

Transit Map Theme Week on Cartophilia concludes with a look at transit maps close to home.

Dayton, Ohio, is the only city in the United States that can claim more than 120 years of continuous electrically-propelled public transit. In the beginning, it was electric trolleys. Today, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority operates eight different electric bus routes, in addition to standard diesel buses.

For more info on Dayton's electric transit system, visit The Dayton Railway Historical Society.

However, at one time it seems, Daytonians had dreams of a light rail mass transit system for Dayton. The Third Rail tells the story of DART Derailed—Light Rail Frustrated in Dayton, Ohio. At the tail end of the article, reference is made to Darrek Jones' brilliant Miami Valley Rail Authority website. Unfortunately, the parody website no longer exists, but through a search of The Web Archive and Robert Reynold's Whimsical uses of the subway map theme, I've been able to piece together a couple images.

Theses images appear to have been created between 1999 and 2000. According to Reynolds, "The original pages for MVRA constituted a hoax web presence for the entire operating company, with pages describing all phases of MVRA operation and containing an introduction to all key personnel... a tour de force!"

What detail! But why? Was it just a hoax? A labor of love? Neither Reynolds nor I can determine what became of Darrek Jones. He no longer appears to live in the Dayton area... If anyone can fill in more details about this fantasy transit system, let me know.


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At Friday, January 15, 2010 , Anonymous Andy Woodruff said...

Thanks so much for these links and images—including those on the real trolleybuses. I didn't know Dayton could make a superlative claim in the area. Sounds like my hometown (Dayton) beats my new town (Boston) by about a year. Comforting, I suppose.

I remember that MVRA site and doing a "WTF" double-take upon encountering it. Such an amazingly thorough parody. I nominate you to build a successor!

At Saturday, January 16, 2010 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

RE: building a successor to the MVRA site...

nah, I'll leave that to you creative cartographer types.

Quastolia and the United Countries of Football is about as good as it gets when it comes to my map making skills.

At Thursday, May 27, 2010 , Anonymous Derek said...

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present
The Miama Valley Railway Authority website - or some of it anyway

At Thursday, May 27, 2010 , Anonymous Derek said...

"Miama" of course being the alternative spelling of "Miami"



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