QUARTA, Quentinsburgh considering new retail sign ordinances, signage to be especially for pedestrians and transit riders, not drivers

QUENTINSBURGH- Signage may be changing appearance along many major elevated subway corridors throughout Quentinsburgh, as well as around the city as a whole.

In an effort to further encourage transit, biking and pedestrian traffic throughout the city, Quentinsburgh officials and QUARTA proposed new ordinances on signage, where new signs would be better for pedestrians, bicyclists and metro passengers, not drivers.

Under the proposed ordinances, large, tall, car-centered signs will only be allowed near exits along major freeways (U-4, U-104, U-204, U-7, and a few major exits on major roads), where drivers need to be able to see signs for fuel stations and fast food restaurants from long distances. Along most other corridors, signs would be smaller and at ground level, large enough to be seen by drivers but especially to work well for pedestrians and cyclists as well. 

However, the interesting part, and the focus of the most debate, was the change to signage along elevated subway corridors. In Quentinsburgh, almost all major elevated metro lines are along major road corridors as well, home to recently improved sidewalks and lots of businesses like restaurants and stores. With the new proposal, signs along metro corridors would be taller and focused along the metro corridors, while also smaller than those along freeways and more visible from train windows and station platforms. However, the businesses can also have smaller pedestrian-oriented signage, along sidewalks and even at the bottom of the same taller signs for the metro.

Some debate came up about the specifics. At a meeting on Friday afternoon at the Quentinsburgh Convention Center, multiple proposals on the specifics of the signs were displayed. The most controversy came from designs for metro-side signs with tall signs at the top of a pole at the same height as the metro and with smaller sidewalk-side signs at the bottom of the same pole. While the design wasn’t a bad one, many thought the signs were redundant or just sort of unattractive. Most people seemed to prefer the idea of having small streetside signs alongside taller metro-side signs.

Some people worried about how well the signs would be seen from the metro. Those people, many of whom were business owners, were assured that an effort would be made to make sure all metro-height signs would be easily seen, especially those near metro platforms. A new update to QUARTA’s QRider App will also give passengers walking directions to any destination near a station, with those major businesses especially close and visible being preprogrammed into the app. 

To make up for smaller signs for drivers, Quentinsburgh will be working with the Quentins Department of Transportation to add more destination signs pointing drivers to fuel stations and restaurants along the way. 

Signs for car dealerships, fuel stations, and other car-centered businesses would only be allowed streetside at ground level, not metro-side signs, something some objected to; however, there is a provision for convenience stores to have metro side signs if they consist of an actual store and building that can be considered separate from the fuel station (Saturn Road Trip Travel Marts, Convenience Corner stores, Food n Fuel Convenience Stores, JP’s Convenience, etc).  Fuel prices and the name of the fuel station itself would not be allowed on the taller signs. Similarly, taller metro-side signs would not be allowed to indicate drive thrus (unless only the drive thru is open after a certain time of night. Most Freedemian fast food restaurants have moved towards having walk up windows as well as drive thrus or just simply being open 24 hours a day, so this would not be very common).

Non-intrusive tall metro-side signs for transit centers and park and rides are also being considered, but QUARTA has not finalized the designs for such signage.

Ordinances still have to be approved by the city council, but the vote is expected to be unanimous in favor of the change. However, it is still unknown exactly what the change will look like, but either way, be ready to see a lot more signs when riding on the metro.

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