There is a possibility of a connecting track for a continuous run for open house operations.
In Version 17 the crew lounge gets moved to my office space. I am planning on building new book shelves in my office anyway, and I will locate the TV there and build bookshelves to house it. I spend 75 percent of my basement time in my office, and rarely watch TV, so having the TV and more importantly the stereo, in my office would make it more useful to me.
Version 17 has the longest mainline run. Other than running tracks into the office, it is the maximum run I can fit in the basement.
My wife prefers the more open plans, but she is OK with any of these options. She said, "do what you want, I never go down there anyway."
Now it's time for you to cast your vote or place your bets.