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User currently offlineTLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6664 times:

There was an article in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution about passengers complaining that the annocements on the ATL Airport train are difficult to understand. Airport officials are pondering changing the recording from a female voice to a male voice.

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/delta/0405/06airport.html

I haven't found the current female voice recording difficult to understand, but the previous computer-generated female voice was terrible. Of course, we can't forget the robotic voice of the 80's, that was my favorite.

"Please hold on [abrupt stop]...this train is stopping!"


Bill in ATL
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User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

Yes, the robotic voice was still around in the early 2000s actually. I have been on the train numerous times from 1996-2003 and I only remember the robotic voice and then the more normal male voice that was a small improvment:

"Careful...doors are closing and will not reopen, please wait for the next train!"

"THE NEXT STOP IS ConCourse C" to "THE NEXT STATION IS FOR THE C GATES"

[Edited 2005-04-07 03:07:35]

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6602 times:

I miss the Darth Vader announcements they used to have; all that was lacking was the breathing.....

They ought to take a page out of LAS's book and have some celebrities do the announcements.......


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6580 times:

To me the voice sounded exactly like the Cylons from BattleStar Galactica, a TV show of the early 90's. A few weeks after the show was cancelled, I was on the ATL train and that robotic voice was sounding off during stops. A guy next to me on the train said" Looks like the Cylons found work". Only a couple of people laughed(got it).
I thought that was a great line.
safe



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6120 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6526 times:

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 3):
BattleStar Galactica, a TV show of the early 90's.

That show was from the late 70's/early 80's, my friend.



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User currently offlineTLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6526 times:

I came across this website, which someone made for ATL Airport. It's somewhat outdated as it still says Hartsfield instead of Hartsfield-Jackson. It has sound clips from around the airport, including the train recording from a few years ago...


http://andy.maskin.net/hartsfield/



Bill in ATL
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6515 times:

The problem with the recordings now is that you can't understand when the girl says Concourse B and Councourse D. They both sound the same. Even C and E sound similar. They should find a way for her to say "Concourse B, as in Bravo" or something like that.

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6488 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Reply 6):
They should find a way for her to say "Concourse B, as in Bravo" or something like that.

The problem with that is most pax dont know the radio alphabet and it would further confuse the pax.



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User currently offlineLoggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6426 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Reply 6):
They should find a way for her to say "Concourse B, as in Bravo" or something like that.



Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 7):
The problem with that is most pax dont know the radio alphabet and it would further confuse the pax.

Maybe they should try this...

"Concourse B, that's B, as in Bring your own food and pillows for flights from this concourse"



There are 3 types of people in this world, those that can count, and those that can't.
User currently offlineKBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6419 times:

Does it still play the little part of music. I used to fly through ATL from about 1994-2000 then DL cut back on mainline to BUF and raised prices so my family started flying alternative airlines to Florida. I remember the music on the train, and the old robot voices however. Those made the airport seem so early 80s especially before all the upgrades when the DL terminals used to have that brownish carpet wall.


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User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6374 times:

the robotic darth vador anouncement i remember from back in the 80s was and i knew tihs as a kid in the mid 80s in school

THE NEXT STOP IS CONCOURSE A 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...

the signs no longer match the station colors


User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4718 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6364 times:

Actually they started to do that. Friday i flew out and the train said "councourse A as in Adam" etc.....(thats the only one i know cuz thats where i got off), but then when i returned monday that train didnt, so it seems they are phasing it in.

I never had a problem, but i can easily see where foriegn visitors could mix up B C D and E.



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User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6329 times:

TLHFLA: Congratulations! You just earned a spot in the Zippyjet respected users list. I love those train sounds at ATL. The chick and the mechanical voice suck the dude's voice rocks. And, that escalator voice sounds like Fraiser meets Bella Lagoussi.


I'm Zippyjet & I approve of this message!
User currently offlineDalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2615 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

The guy that did the escalator announcment died a few years back. I remember reading the obit in the AJC. He did have a cool voice.

User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6166 times:
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As I remember, the problem with the robotic "cylon" voice was that the original recordings, or company that did the recordings, was no longer available - and when they added Concourse E prior to the Olympics, there was no way to add that recording using the same voice ... plus they wanted to "internationalize" the airport, hence the switch to a normal PA style voice.

They have, however, recently started adding a name to the concourse letter, to make it easier to understand ...which is good. To me, it always sounded like B,C,D and E were all the same thing.

I've not heard B, but I believe some of the others are :

A as in Adam
B as in (Bob?)
C as in Charlie
D as in David
E as in Eric

Note they are using actual names and not the standardized intertional phonetic alphabet ...

- Jonathan


User currently offlineN757KW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6106 times:

Maybe it is time to show Atlanta's roots here. Get a Southern Girl to make the announcements.

"Hi Y'all doin! Welcome to the big Atlanta Airport. This here first stop is Concourse A....."

Okay y'all can rip in me if you want. There are not many of us Southerners left in Atlanta. All those d*mn Yankees keep moving in.

I am just joking here!

N757KW  tongue 



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6072 times:

Maybe we should have Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy do the train tapes.
just kidding...
safe



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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 16):
Maybe we should have Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy do the train tapes

 rotfl 

"We're gettin' to Concourse C... Git-R-Done!!!"

Stefano


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6033 times:

I have never found the Atlanta announcements anything but PERFECTLY clear and understandable, and I feel like I used to live in the airport.

N


User currently offlineALB2ATL From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

I miss the computerized woman's voice they used just a few months ago. I loved it when she said "...Concourse A, Concourse A." I cracked up everytime I heard it because it was so exaggerated!

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

GIGNEIL....The announcements are very clear but before the Olympics, they sounded like the Cylons from Battlestar Galatica(vintage TV show late 70's early 80's....thankyouverymuch Goldenshield). That's what we are havin' fun with.

DALMD88...I wonder if he went up.........or down?
Lord, I'm sorry for that....may I be with the pygmies of New Guinea for that.
Time to go to DFW...later
safe



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User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17198 posts, RR: 66
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 7):
Quoting Petazulu (Reply 6):
They should find a way for her to say "Concourse B, as in Bravo" or something like that.

The problem with that is most pax dont know the radio alphabet and it would further confuse the pax.

Eh... Do you really need to know the radio alphabet to figure out that "B as in Bravo" stands for "B" and no other letter?

"Hmmm, Bravo... That's probably C concourse..."



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User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5932 times:

Maybe the reason they don't use the phonetic alphabet is rather obvious, think about the letter D.

User currently offlinePDXFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

I always find that I just want to walk the distance to the terminal when I am there.

Of course, they have had the same art honoring Zimbabwe there for the past several years, but after a 4 - 5 hour flight inbound, the walk is better than crowding into a train.


User currently offlineAirplanePeanut From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5882 times:

Next stop is concourse c, concourse c.

Novemebr 2003 was so annoying!



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25 Fxra : I leftout of ATL on tueday and didn't notice a change the the announcements (i was running late for my flight), however when i got home today i steppe
26 AirframeAS : LOL!!!! I second that!!! Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo..... I ment to say that MOST PAX may or may not know the radio alphabet, my point was tha
27 TLHFLA : It was mentioned in the article that they aren't using Alpha, Bravo, etc. because of D for Delta. If the announcement for Concourse D mentions Delta p
28 Post contains images LambertSTL777 : I like the current recording.. I haven't had any trouble knowing where to get off.. (maybe because I have the entire airport map memorized.. ) Persona
29 DALMD88 : Years ago one comedian mentioned the robot recording in his act. He said if you got on the train at the last minuite and stopped the doors you should
30 FLAIRPORT : Wasn't that Maynard Jackson? Or was that the "Welcome to Atlanta" announcment? They have more announcments in ATL! From around March 1996-maybe Janru
31 LambertSTL777 : Why do they rush you so much on ATL's trains? I understand that everyone needs to get to their concourse as soon as possible, but god forbid you inter
32 BestWestern : The nightmares of ATL come flooding back! Whats unclear about those announcements! Lets hope we dont get "THE NEXT STOP IS ConCourse C" to Sponsored
33 CitationJet : At the DFW airport for over 15 years, the voice on the Tram recording used to say "Please stand back, the doors are about to close". Then the doors wo
34 Litz : Exactly that ... the trains are all automatically run, and timed so they move in lockstep ... if one train gets delayed all the others get delayed as
35 Flyboeingjets : The train has gone through many changes. Just recently they started the "A as in Adam, B as in Baker..." version of the automated voices, both with ma
36 TLHFLA : I always find it funny that the door closing warning announcements seem to cause more people to cram in at the last minute rather than deter them. I r
37 Starlionblue : That makes no sense. You don't need to know the radio alphabet to figure out that "B for Bravo" means B and "C for Charlie" means C? You probably kno
38 Litz : No, but as has been pointed out, the phrase "D as in Delta" is not such a good idea in Atlanta, where Delta is actually concentrated on A and B ... P
39 Isitsafenow : StarlionBlue..you forgot half the C, a quarter of the D and close to half the E. D ivert E veryone L ost T o A tlanta is on all concourses. safe
40 TLHFLA : With the new international facility there will be a Concourse F. I am not sure if Delta will use that concourse, but if they do they will have flights
41 WDBRR : I visited ATL many times in 1994, 1995 and early 1996. I distinctly remember the message on the train saying: "The doors do not rebound or spring back
42 Post contains images Zippyjet : When it works, I now use the Hotlanta train announcements for my computer's sign on and sign off. Instead of the standard Windows sounds for on and o
43 Misbeehavin : Delta will have to! There's what, 8 other airlines flying internationally from ATL (AF, AM, BA, JM, KE, KL, LH, and SA. AC's from Concourse C and doe
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