I'm not sure how everyone feels about this, but I think it's time to discuss portals.
The rail system is an amazing build, and it's quite nice to look at... but it makes visiting tedious.
I visited more in the last SG map, and feel like I would again if travel times were reduced.
Portals seem like a great way to do this. I feel that some portals to and from the hub would really make SG feel like a true multiplayer again. For me it is starting to feel like single player with chat.
I see a few options if portals were to be considered.
1. Portals for select staions, similar to the way the wilds/nether portals are.
2. Portals for all stations, though this would be a bit over the top.
3. Individual portals, everyone gets a portal.
I think 3 would work best if your portal was to your area from your hub home. I realize this would be quite the undertaking, and that it would make things "too easy"... but I think it would be worth it just to see the hub come alive, and to have some real player interaction ( eveyrone would have a hub house, and could pop in and out for visits).
I have the most fun on SG playing side by side with someone else, and that has become too rare for my taste.
What do you fine folks think?