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    Metro Tunnel station naming winners
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    Metro Tunnel station naming winners

    September 29, 2019


    I chose Anzac mainly because of the
    closeness to the Shrine of Remembrance and also for respect for the fallen soldiers
    and current soldiers around the world When you read what people were
    asking for they wanted things that were familiar, that fitted with the location
    of the station so that in the future tourists and travellers will know when it says the
    name Town Hall that’s where you get off at. I chose the name State Library station
    as it was very logical I was thinking of the travellers who
    were going to be using the new line and it’s really to honor the State Library
    which is one of Melbourne and Victoria’s great institutions. I picked Parkville because this is where Parkville is, and it just makes sense to call it Parkville
    and it’s easier to remember I named North Melbourne and Parkville stations. I think I chose North Melbourne because it was more geographically correct over the
    original North Melbourne station. Having travelled to a lot of countries around
    the world it really just made sense to be a geographical type name. Considering that
    we’ve the number one most livable city in the world, [Metro Tunnel] is definitely
    going to go a big way to maintaining that sort of position in the
    world and moving more Melbournians and getting more cars off the road hopefully.

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    Train Your Cat to Let You Sleep

    September 28, 2019


    Jackson, I haven’t
    slept in three days. My cat keeps me
    up all night long. I’m gonna kill her. No, I’m not gonna kill her,
    but Jackson, you gotta tell me. I’m gonna kill myself here. Tell me, how do I sleep
    through the night? And I say, oh, that one? That’s easy. So let me ask you
    something, people. You ready to get cat-ified? Let’s go! As you have noticed
    I’m sure, this is not exactly the cat cave. It is a cave. It’s a little echoey in here. But no, I am in a hotel room
    in San Diego, California, where we are wrapping
    up filming the season of “My Cat from
    Hell” season five, premiering– coming
    up in the spring. Do stay tuned because
    you’ll find out everything you have to know
    about the premier of “My Cat from Hell” here, on
    the Cat Daddy channel. Just, you know, stay tuned. So today we’re
    talking about what? Your cat allowing you to
    sleep through the night. Now, the last
    episode I was talking about the concept of
    circadian rhythms, a cat’s 24 hour clock,
    and how naturally it wants to get them
    up at dusk and dawn. We can help guide
    their circadian rhythm. We can reset their body clocks. But there’s a couple of
    really important things. Now when last we met I
    also gave you homework, and that homework
    was about making sure that you established a daily
    rhythm, that you establish rituals that happen
    throughout the day that helps keep their body going. And the one thing that is
    most important to what we’re going to do right now is
    they’re feeding schedule. Remember something,
    if you allow your cats to graze all day
    long, if you allow them to eat whenever
    they want to eat, then not only do you not
    have a chance of affecting their behavior
    even a little bit, but you’re not
    allowing their body to process food in
    the natural way. They’re constantly in
    this arc of digestion. And we don’t want that
    because then their energy is totally unpredictable to us. Here’s what I would
    ask you to do. If you free feed, make it stop. The next step is, you
    bring in meal time. Real big change in a cat’s life
    is not met with nice things. And you do not want to
    encourage bad behavior, and by making rapid changes
    like that, you kind of are. We’ll keep the dry food
    out, but then every day you just put less and less in there. And by the end of that first
    week that, there is food down there, they don’t feel
    like they’re missing anything. But by an hour after
    you leave for work, they’ve polished it off and
    now they’re waiting for a meal. Now here’s the rule of thumb. I would like to see no
    longer than between six and eight hours you
    can make it happen. So you’re feeding
    three meals a day and then your cat’s
    energy is coming up to meet those meal times. And I guarantee you,
    within a week or two of instituting this meal
    time, your cat’s energy will come up to
    meet your schedules. Your second step
    is to try to get them to go to sleep when you do. Let’s say your bed
    time is 11 o’clock. OK. So by 9:30 you should be
    feeding your last meal. But you don’t want to
    do that in a vacuum. In the past– you know me– we
    have been talking about hunt, catch, kill, eat. Right? And so that means playtime. That means you have a
    really nice, chunky play time right before
    that last meal. You bring them to a
    boil during play time. You get them just pooped out. Then you let them come
    down for a second. Again, all cats have the
    second wind, the third wind. Cats are built for
    speed, not for distance. So bring them to a boil,
    let them come down. Bring them to a
    boil, now it’s going to take less time for
    them to get worn out. Now less time, now
    they’re tired, right? When they pooped out, boom. Now, hunt, catch, kill, eat. Feed their last meal of the day. What comes after eat? Groom. Yeah, baby. We’re all about getting
    clean right now. And then sleep. And then you go to sleep. Now we’re getting
    to the hard part. Because now you’ve got
    to do some serious work. So now it’s 3 o’clock
    in the morning, and your cat is waking you up. But you know, I gave you
    a meal at 11 o’clock. I wore you down at 9:30. You should be down for the
    count right now, but you’re not. Now here’s the tough part. I mean, I’m laughing
    only because I know how ridiculously
    hard this is. What you’ve got to do at
    3 o’clock in the morning, your cat’s driving you crazy. You ignore them. You ignore them completely. Completely. And you definitely don’t get
    up, feed them, walk around, go to the bathroom,
    come back again. You don’t play with them. Nothing. You ignore them completely. Because that is payoff. Negative attention, positive
    attention, any attention whatsoever is still attention. You have to
    extinguish the payoff. If you tell them
    night after night after night that nothing’s
    going to happen when they do that certain behavior,
    that behavior will stop. So people, what that means
    is that for about 10 days to two weeks, it may be
    really, really long nights. Don’t kill me. Now, if it goes past 13 nights? Whatever, come find me. Because I’m telling
    you, it won’t happen. In conclusion, let’s
    give you some homework. Take a look at that blackboard. Now, write it down here. First thing you do
    is change your cat from free-feeders
    to meal-feeders. Big change. Next thing you do is you feed
    in conjunction with play. Third thing, remember
    that your cat’s energy moves with your energy. So remember that you’re trying
    to merge the two together. Your energy, your cat’s energy,
    your clock, your cat’s clock, merge them together. Then don’t forget, the last
    meal of the day an hour and a half before you go to bed. You’re going to hunt, catch,
    kill, eat, let them groom and sleep until you go to bed. Boom. Then we get through the night. And then the last step, folks–
    the last, most important step is, ignore them. You guys can do this. You can affect your
    cat’s body clock, and that’s how you do it. That’s how you sleep
    through the night. Boom. Consider yourself cat-ified. Alright. Let’s wrap this up. Hey folks, if you’re trying
    to find me, I’m easily found. Take a look at Facebook
    and Instagram and Twitter and YouTube and Google+. And don’t forget,
    speaking of Google+, every month we do Live
    from the Cat Cave. And that is a live
    Google Hangout. This month I’m just going to be
    doing live question and answer. That will be a lot of fun. In the meantime, folks,
    take care of yourself. Take care of your cats. And all light, all
    love, all mojo to you. THEME SONG: You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m just misunderstood. Meow.

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    Waitawheta Tramway /// New Zealand Walkways

    September 28, 2019


    the magic of the historical white affect the tramway starts way before you get in here the thing is there is no exact address of this place only the directions of where to go like follow along the river through their private farm and etc and when you get to the parking that is the closest place of the tramway you still have 25 minutes so fucked before you start the walkway oh what a chance so let me finally explain you what the white feather tramway is actually about because it’s not only the laser walkway in the forest and it’s not even elation one sometimes english-speaking well it’s the really great historical evidence of reserved to the modern days this time it was actually used to deliver this giant color trees from the forest to the city’s distress appeared to be a really good building material so activities like that cutting them out and delivering them were really popular in the early century

    Overview of the Capital Metro Project
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    Overview of the Capital Metro Project

    September 28, 2019


    Canberra is a place of big ideas. As Australia’s
    capital city, we look to lead. We’re always looking for imaginative solutions
    to local, regional, national and global challenges. Capital Metro is a light rail project that
    will transform Canberra. The first stage of a Canberra wide network
    will run from the centre of the city along Northbourne Avenue to the northern suburb
    of Gungahlin. Capital Metro will offer convenient, safe and sustainable transport while creating
    substantial community value through the modernising of infrastructure and property development
    along the route. When you think of Canberra you think of a
    capital city like other great capitals of the world; Ottawa in Canada; you think
    of Washington DC. All of the capitals around the world are very keen on moving people around
    and because they are a centre of government they do tend to attract a lot of visitors,
    a lot of business visitors, a lot of tourists to those centres. The great glue in just about every world city
    is fine public transport. Really tremendous public transport that’s efficient, that’s quick,
    that goes where you want to go, that’s a pleasure to ride on, that you don’t have to wait too
    long. We’re on the cusp of something really amazing
    in Canberra and I think there’s a generation of Canberrans who are very, very…they’re
    tremendously excited about what’s in store. As we enter our second century and the city
    continues to prosper, we need to focus on the right solutions for Canberra. Capital Metro is delivering Canberra’s first
    light rail system. The government has committed to light rail, having tracks in the ground
    by the middle of 2016, and Capital Metro Agency is the agency that’s delivering that vision
    for the government. Light rail is perfectly suited to Canberra;
    we’ve got these grass centres of the road and it was actually designed to have it that
    way. I think Walter Burley Griffin had always had
    that design plan in mind that rail, some form of rail, would connect our communities. He was ahead of his time and he was ahead
    of his time in so many respects, but he recognised that on the major approach roads such as Northbourne
    Avenue and other major avenues that you needed to have the generosity of space to accommodate
    whatever that form of transport was. Capital Metro is a solution to one of Canberra’s
    future challenges. Everybody is aware the congestion is crippling
    our cities, the costs, the own governments cost is fifteen billion dollars a year against
    the Australian economy, the cost of congestion. Everywhere we’ve seen in the cities people
    no longer want to sit in their cars in great long car parks, they want to use public transport
    networks. No matter where we go and where we discuss rail today in Australia light
    rail comes up in the conversation. The Capital Metro project will apply state
    of the art technology and create thousands of jobs during construction. It’s far more than the public transport story,
    it’s what light rail does to the areas around where light rail is built. Rather than just thinking of the Northbourne
    Avenue corridor you need to think of a total plan for Canberra. It is important from the outset that we have
    a sense of what we’re trying to create. What are the opportunities and what are the values
    not just in monetary terms but also in social terms, in environmental terms. As this first stage of light rail is being
    implemented by Capital Metro, the ACT Government is doing wider studies to determine where,
    when and how light rail will be extended to the rest of Canberra. It is changing the way we live; the long term
    vision is saying what’s the city we are going to give our children in the future? It’s not
    what’s here today, because what’s here today is not sustainable, we have to change and
    light rail in particular is one of the mediums that will help that change. The Capital Metro project will rejuvenate
    Northbourne Avenue and the City and forms part of several major urban renewal ventures
    including the City to the Lake project – the world class urban waterfront precinct that
    extends the city centre towards Lake Burley Griffin and connects it to its central parklands. One of the things that’s so exciting about Canberra
    right now, is that there’s so much opportunity for the city as a whole and the City to Lake
    is inspiring so many people’s dreams; the idea that you could create so much more residence
    around the lakeside and then a whole avenue of leisure so that people spend more of their
    leisure time down at the lake. Capital Metro and City to the Lake are intrinsically
    linked, there’s almost a symbiotic relationship there that one breathes life into the other. We have learnt lessons from the past and have
    now set the course for a sustainable city that lives comfortably within its beautiful
    environment. With a world class public transport system,
    tree-lined avenues, and active, connected communities. A city that will welcome people from across
    Australia and around the world. A city dedicated to sustainable transport
    and economic development. Canberra – A city of brilliant possibilities.

    Professor Graham Currie | Cars and Light Rail
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    Professor Graham Currie | Cars and Light Rail

    September 28, 2019


    The rest of Australia’s really caught on
    to this now and because of the great growth patterns we have in places like
    the Gold Coast Sydney they’re realising they can’t
    really base volume in central areas on just bus based systems. Canberra in the
    future with single occupancy vehicles will be a very unattractive place. We
    need to protect what’s in Canberra and the only way we can do that is with a light
    rail future.

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    How Often Should You Train Your ABS?

    September 28, 2019


    What’s going on nation? And welcome to bench break episode 12. How often should I train my abs? Now before we get started with this video I’m sure you know you guys are wondering where I got this kick-ass Inuyasha shirt. I got it from hot topic I actually have a whole closet full of anime shirts And I keep getting questions on my videos if I like anime if I like all these different ones And I do so I figured I’d start whipping out these shirts and showing you guys which Animes I like this was actually a shirt I wasn’t going to get and Erika convinced me to buy it. We’re at hot topic and she’s over here the day that we got the shirt I actually went to my dad’s house, and all my brothers said I was wearing a Hello Kitty shirt and then that was pretty fun to deal with Yeah, it was the last time we saw them Inuyasha’s badass, so I don’t know why they were complaining They just aren’t into anime as much as I am but whatever you know it was a fun day but let’s get back on track with this abs video, so How often I should train my abs? This is a question that I’m asked a lot and being in the fitness industry as long as I have I’ve heard many different answers and explanations So here’s my disclaimer guys everything I say here is based on a mix of research my experience with my [own] body and my experience with Clients not one thing works for everyone because we’re different so you can use this as a general guideline and with time [Fine-tune], what works best for your body Now first let me start by saying that there are two categories of people Those who just want a nice [tight] and lean core and a lot of women fall into this category And those who want the big blocky very visible six-pack. So keep this in mind as we go through this video Now let’s start talking about what types of exercises to do now I’ve seen people say that you never have [to] train abs because they’re worked hard enough during intense compound lifts like squats Or deadlifts [I] actually talked [about] that in this video right [here] if you fall under the first category And we’re talking strictly about core engagement and not building and sculpting blocky Abs you might be able to get away with this now if you want to grow your six-pack, you will need to do abdominal isolation exercises on top of the compound movements Just like you would for [any] other muscle group for example if you want to grow your biceps You don’t just do pull-ups [you] add some curls to your program to isolate and Destroy a specific muscle Group right well your abs are the same so stop [giving] into these gimmicks and work your abs the other point I want to make is that if you’re always relying on the Assistance from a weight training belt when performing your lifts such as the squads or the deadlifts Although you’re engaging your core You’ll quickly find that your core will be much weaker than someone who does not There is nothing wrong [with] using a [belt] nation just understand that the more you use it The more you need to spend time training your entire core which consists of your abs lower back and obliques to make it stronger [the] best thing to do would be to train without a belt when doing your lighter sets and only use your belt when you get Into your heavier more intense sets now. Let’s talk about frequency. I’ve found that abs are a lot like our calf muscles [they] need a lot more volume in order to grow so I myself do not do [abs] just once a week I actually hit them four times a week And I separate my ab days into an upper and lower ab workout And another day focusing on lower and obliques. [I] also do abs at the end of the workout after I do whatever muscle split I’m doing that day Ultimately, how often you will train your abs will come down to personal preference and how much time you have available But let’s talk [about] my training schedule my ab schedule is very simple And [I] even have two videos you guys can check out if you’d like to follow my routines starting Monday I like to train two days of abs rest on Wednesday then repeat Thursday and Friday Weekends are like ab rest days for me keep in mind This is not set in stone Sometimes if I’m in a hurry, [I] will do my regular muscle split that day and leave the ab workout for the weekend So it doesn’t have to be exactly like this, but if you want to follow along day one focuses on upper and lower Abs and you can check out my V cut six-Pack abs killer workout from my 2010 series it’s an older video Doesn’t mean it’s not amazing, and I still do this workout to this day day two of focus on lower Abs and obliques and this is called the ultimate core workout targeting lower Abs and obliques once again a part of my be a 10 2010 series those of you who haven’t seen it now There’s a lot of debate that you cannot target upper or lower abs because the rectus abdominis Is one big long muscle to these people I say lie on the ground and perform a reverse crunch with a 25 pound dumbbell between your feet and tell me what part of Your abs hurt the most in addition to this I’m also not claiming that if I’m focusing on lower Abs that the upper portion isn’t being worked at the end of the day both areas are Activated, but we can be creative and perform exercises that will target the area we intend to work more the reason Why I have one day to focus on lower and upper and the other to focus on lower and obliques is because it’s my belief That you’re targeting upper abs the majority of the time when training and if you really want to bring out the lower portion They need to be focused on a bit more in fact one of the most common questions. I get is Scott How do I bring out my lower Abs? Now guys obviously a low body fat percentage is key here But to me it proves my point that the area of the rectus abdominis that needs the most [attention] for most people is the lower abs now for the last part of this video Let’s talk about reps and sets typically what I like to do is on the first two days I focus on heavy weight as much as possible for 12 to 15 reps Just like any other muscle to build blocky abs you need to resistance train So you have to bump up the way on the next few days your abs may still be a bit sore So I focus on high reps anywhere between 30 to 50 reps per set per exercise, [but] there is one myth I would like to dispel before I end this video nation and that’s that the weighted oblique exercises will give you a huge waist This is a myth The only way you will gain a huge Waistline is by gaining fat or doing a cycle of roids [the] reason why gaining fat can increase your waistline is pretty obvious [the] reason why Roids play a huge part is because you’re not only unnaturally increasing the size of your muscle But your internal organs as well. It’s called a roid gut or a distended belly now let me make it clear guys I’m not judging anyone who uses roids. It’s yours decision, and I respect that [it’s] just a point I need to make for those of you who are watching this video who might be new to bodybuilding and are afraid of increasing [your] waist size if you’d like to learn more about Information about this topic guys I talked about it here this is a video I did a little while back but it goes over all of this and has a lot of great info for you guys to listen to before we wrap this video up if you’re lacking time in the gym and can’t possibly train your abs as Frequently as I do a great way to still get them in and hit them as hard is to [Superset] them between your regular routines so for example if you’re going to the gym today to hit chest Instead of taking a two minute break between sets use that time to hit an abdominal exercise Now I hope you guys enjoyed this video and it brought some clarity to [a] lot of questions You might have be sure to show some love by hitting that like button and subscribing for more Videos if you haven’t signed up for my lean muscle system yet. I’ll put a link right here so you can jump on the waiting list be ready for the next release of the Program and for those of you who are looking for a community of people who are all about making gains Supporting each other and being [all-around] just great people to hang out with be sure to join us on muscularstrength.com What’s your maximum output?

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    Why China Has the Best Railways in the World

    September 28, 2019


    Hey, you like speed? Well, China has the largest
    network of high-speed trains in the world. It stretches a whopping 15,500 miles all over
    the country. But while that all sounds impressive, I can’t help but wonder why they’d spend
    a fortune on building such a vast bullet train network when airplanes exist? Well, here’s
    what I found out! Let’s say you need to get from Beijing to
    Hong Kong. I bet the first idea that comes to your mind is, “Why not catch a plane? It’ll
    be the fastest way to get there!” But are you sure about that? First, you need to get
    to the Beijing airport. Then, you must find your way in this huge multi-terminal transportation
    hub. After that, if you came to the airport in advance, you’ll have to wait a bit more,
    and only then… Uh, nope, not yet! Chances are that your flight will be delayed.
    And then another problem is that airspace in China is incredibly congested. Add to this
    a serious lack of landing slots, and what do you get? Right, long tiresome delays…
    Anyway, your plane eventually takes off (yay!), and in 3 hours and 40 minutes, you’re in
    Hong Kong. But it’s still too early to celebrate. You’ll arrive at the airport situated on an
    island, so you’ll have to take one more train to get into the city! So now, what about bullet trains? First, most
    central train stations are downtown, so you can easily reach them by subway. You don’t
    need to go through extensive pre-boarding security. And even if there are some delays,
    they don’t happen too often and are much shorter than those at airports. Also, with their wider
    seats, more legroom, and freedom to move around, modern bullet trains offer their passengers
    more comfort. The same can’t be said about planes, right? Now, when you arrive in Hong
    Kong, the train brings you to downtown Kowloon Station, which is, shall we say, very convenient! But the most important thing is the price!
    You can hand over as much as $500 for a Beijing-Hong Kong plane trip. But the same journey by train
    will cost you much less: around $150. As for the travel time, a train trip is 5 hours longer,
    that’s true. But you should remember that the 3 hours and 40 minutes it takes to get
    from Beijing to Hong Kong is only the duration of the flight. If you add here all the delays,
    security checks, commute to the airport…commute from the other airport. Well, you get the
    picture. Nowadays almost all Chinese travelers pick
    high-speed trains over planes if they need to travel less than 500 miles, or about the
    distance between San Diego and Sacramento, California. While travel time doesn’t differ
    that much (considering airport security checks, train-airport-plane-train again), the train
    ticket price is usually twice or even three times lower! For example, to get from Hong
    Kong to Changsha by plane, you need 3 hours and 35 minutes and up to $330. But if you
    opt for the bullet train, you’ll save both time and money: the journey will take you
    3 hours and 12 minutes and will cost just about 76 bucks. That’s the reason why airlines must cut or
    even cancel their services that compete with those of high-speed trains. For example, when
    a bullet train line was opened between Chengdu and Xi’an, the leading airlines that served
    that route reduced daily flights between these destinations from several dozens to 2 or 3
    a day. So, apparently, air travel in China isn’t
    the cheapest or most convenient way to get where you need. But what are the other benefits
    of building such an extensive high-speed train network? Well, how about the fact that construction
    costs in China are a lot lower than in the rest of the world? See for yourself: most
    European countries have to spend approximately $15 – 23 million to build 1 mile of high-speed
    rail. As for the US, the construction cost here is even higher: about $33 million for
    a mile. At the same time, China spends just $10 – 12 million for 1 mile of railroad. That
    probably explains why China has as many bullet train lines as there are in the rest of the
    world combined! But how does China manage to keep the costs
    so low when compared to the US and Europe? Well, salaries in China are significantly
    lower than in the West, which means less money goes to construction workers. Also, high-speed
    railroads are built with the help of local materials, and that’s great for both saving
    money and supporting the regional economy. But the most important thing is that all railroad
    parts, such as tracks and embankments, are all standardized. This means that producers
    can just press “copy-paste” to make the next bridge part, which, as you understand, significantly
    cuts the costs. What’s more, Chinese high-speed rail lines
    include a lot of viaducts. Even being costly themselves, they both save farmland and help
    trains move across rivers. On top of that, there’s one trick that makes their production
    cheaper too. Yep, it’s that standardization thing yet again! What I mean is that you probably
    won’t see a breathtaking variety of different viaduct designs. Also, bridge beams are either
    78 or 104 feet long, and no other choices are available. By the way, all these beams
    are produced in temporary factories located along the future railway, so there’s no
    need to transport the beams for distances over 5 miles. And it looks like China isn’t stopping any
    time soon when it comes to beefing up their railway system. In fact, the country’s bullet
    train network will soon move underwater! In the nearest future, they’re going to start
    the construction of a 48-mile-long high-speed rail line between Zhoushan, an island city
    near China’s east coast, and Ningbo, a port city to the south of Shanghai. This rail link
    will include a 10-mile-long tunnel running under the sea, making it the first underwater
    high-speed train tunnel in China. It’ll also cut travel time between the cities from
    4½ hours by bus or 2½ hours by car to an 80-minute-long comfortable journey by bullet
    train. The speed of these trains will reach 155 miles per hour, which is slower than some
    other bullet trains, but still! And that’s not all! China has even more astonishing
    plans: they want a sprawling high-speed rail system to connect over 80% of all cities with
    more than 1 million inhabitants. That means this network could reach a whopping 18,650
    miles! For comparison, the Earth’s circumference is 24,901 miles! And last but not least, China doesn’t only
    have the biggest high-speed train network on the planet but also the world’s fastest
    train! Shanghai Maglev (aka Shanghai Transrapid) runs from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Longyang
    Road Station, where passengers can interchange to Shanghai Metro Line 2 to get to the city
    center. The train’s top speed reaches a mind-blowing 268 miles per hour, so it takes just 8 minutes
    to travel 19 miles! However, to get to or from the airport, most passengers still prefer
    to use the subway since it’s a much cheaper alternative to the Maglev train. But, hey,
    if time is money, then I’d probably be willing to pay for the convenience! Plus, how cool
    would it be to look out the window while zooming by at top speeds! If you like blurs! Have you ever traveled by bullet train? Let
    me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give this video
    a like, share it with a friend, and here are some more cool videos to check out from the
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    Mark Pekala – Thoughts I Have on the Light Rail (Spoken word at The Current)

    September 27, 2019


    For a month now, I’ve been thinking about
    a dead woman who stopped the light rail. How she willed a thousand-pound box of metal to
    stop beating in time with her heart. But the city barely noticed. I guess I believe in
    destiny because the other day, the light rail stopped and opened its doors right in front
    of me. I got on. Does that mean I’m already dead? The man who sat next to me was doing
    a crossword. The way his pen moved across the paper reminds me of a light rail in Minneapolis.
    Black and white lines on a page dividing itself into boxes. Sometimes when two trains pass
    by each other, I lose track of who’s who in the reflection. And I lose track of where
    I’m going or why I’m going there, and sometimes, when two people walk by each other on the
    sidewalk and their eyes glow like mirrors, I lose track of who’s who. And I lose track
    of where she was and no longer is. I lose track of why… she did it. Thirteen people
    have died on the tracks since they were installed, is that destiny? Or did they know that the
    train was coming and being unable to bear the thought of another door, did they turn
    themselves into the word open instead? At two dollars a trip, thirteen people cost 26,
    but during rush hour, they’d be worth $32.50. That day, I think I had to take the 18 to
    get around her. Is the city full, sick of eating people who stop light rails. It was
    over too fast, because she cost too much lying there in the intersection of 35th and Highway
    55. On the light rail, during blizzards, it is still possible to hear stories and laughter
    from before the sidewalks were plastered with white on the light rail. On this masses of
    white specs falling on city streets and calling it their own, there are still the people who,
    without which, there would be nothing for snow to fall on. On the light rail. I am only
    ever a passenger propped up behind a window made out of privilege. Why is it that light
    rails are worth more than people? For a month now, I’ve been thinking about a dead woman
    who stopped a light rail only momentarily, until the city remembered it didn’t care.
    [Sanni] Dang. Okay? That was really, really good. Thank you for sharing your piece. Could
    you tell us what it was about? [Mark] So this piece is a culmination of me just thinking
    about my place in Minneapolis and specifically discussing things I’ve seen on the light rail
    and public transit. As I prepare to leave Minneapolis for college, so it’s me thinking
    about restoring the humanity into a lot of what goes on in the city in terms of city
    planning, or just being a citizen and taking the light rail. [Sanni] I think somewhere
    in there you said “why is the light rail worth more than people,” is that what you said?
    Tell me about that line. [Mark] That line, throughout the poem, it focuses on I read
    this story about someone who died by suicide by putting themselves in front of the light
    rail. And so, that image and that idea and the thoughts I had about that are thinking
    about how the human life in that scenario was less important than the light rail. And
    that is connecting to the idea of sometimes people who make decisions about what happens
    with public transit and what happens with planning, things as simple as bus routes,
    to where the next light rail train is going to go, aren’t always in tune with the people
    who will be taking those transit methods or the people involved beyond themselves. So
    it’s just questioning why in the city that I live in that happens and that– highlighting
    that we should be focusing on people and less on just like, building a train because we
    want to build a train. [Sanni] Who is this poem for? Is it for you, or is it for us?
    [Mark] It’s for – that’s a tough question. It’s for a lot of people. It’s for, obviously,
    the person who died by suicide. It’s also for myself, I wrote it originally as a stream-of-consciousness
    piece, just really to put myself in Minneapolis and also just some other people who may feel
    the way I do, but have not thought about that, to sort of see where I’m coming from and how
    they’re involved in all those decisions. [Sean] The poem had so much specificity in it, which
    I really liked, I’m a huge fan of details and I’m so glad that you brought those type
    of details to Las Vegas, because you want to hear yourself in a poem, so when I hear
    the 18, I go “I’ve been on that bus line. I know it costs more in rush hour.” You give
    these moments that again, probably creates the most stickiness for Minnesotans, but to
    export a thick version of Minneapolis that isn’t just, short-hand “oh yeah, we got the
    Twins or we’ve got the big mall” to give some depth to it, I really appreciate what you’re
    doing. Mark, thank you so much for your poem. [Mark] Thank you.

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    Brisbane Metro

    September 27, 2019


    Brisbane is growing and so is the demand for
    faster, more efficient public transport. That’s why Brisbane City Council has expanded
    Brisbane Metro, providing more services to more people. By 2041, Brisbane will support more than 1.2
    million jobs through our growing economy. More than 630,000 of these will be located
    in the inner city, increasing demand for more public transport. Our inner city busway stations and CBD bus
    stops are already at capacity during peak times causing congestion, queuing and lengthy
    delays. With two thirds of Brisbane public transport
    passengers using buses, now is the time to evolve our public transport system. If we don’t the numbers of buses in the CBD
    will double, choking inner city streets and slowing down our economy. But there is a solution. Brisbane Metro will introduce a modern, high-frequency
    metro system to the inner city and suburbs. A fleet of high capacity Metro vehicles will
    service two new Metro lines along parts of the existing busway. Metro 1 will link Eight Mile Plains to Roma
    Street and Metro 2 will link Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to UQ. By fixing critical bottlenecks and introducing
    improvements like off-board ticketing and multi-door boarding, your journey will be
    faster and more reliable. Travel between Buranda and King George Square
    station will be up to 30 per cent faster in the morning peak and up to 50 per cent faster
    in the evening peak. And with services every three minutes in peak
    periods and every five minutes throughout the day, Brisbane Metro means fewer delays,
    shorter commutes and easy transfers. Passengers wil be able to connect to Metro
    services at 18 stations and transfer between Metro, bus and rail at 11 locations. You will also be able to easily connect to
    the planned Cross River Rail at Roma Street and Boggo Road. Brisbane Metro is Council’s first step in
    introducing a network of high frequency Metro and improved Glider services across the city. This means you can spend less time commuting
    and more time enjoying everything Brisbane has to offer. It’s all part of Council’s vision for a more
    sustainable, more liveable New World City.