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    Sydney Metro: Cherrybrook Station update, May 2018
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    Sydney Metro: Cherrybrook Station update, May 2018

    October 19, 2019


    [START] [MUSIC] these have been lifting all of our
    construction materials in and out of station box, supporting the construction
    on both the station and the truck works the canopy is 56 metres long and it is
    36 metres across at its widest point. [Music] [END]

    AzMERIT Test Results, Mesa Light Rail Extension, AZ Artbeat
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    AzMERIT Test Results, Mesa Light Rail Extension, AZ Artbeat

    October 19, 2019


    >>>Coming up next on “Arizona Horizon” — the state’s new AZmerit test shows two-thirds of students come up short in reading and math.>>>Also light rail extension in Mesa will soon be in operation and we’ll check out a skateboarder turned photographer. Those stories next on “Arizona Horizon.”>>>”Arizona Horizon” is made possible by contributions from the friends of 8, members of your Arizona PBS station. Thank you.>>>Good evening. Welcome to “Arizona Horizon.” I’m Ted Simons. Former president Jimmy Carter who appeared on “Arizona Horizon” just last week announced today he has cancer. The 90-year-old former president released a short statement indicating only that the cancer has spread and that he will be receiving treatment at Emory health care in Atlanta. Doctors say his age should not be a barrier to any possible treatment.>>>Unofficial results in for the new AZmerit test and they are not good. Two-thirds of the students who took the test did not meet proficiency standards in reading and math. Joining us is Pearl Chang Esau, president and CEO of expect more Arizona. Good to see you again.>>Thank you.>>First of all, defining terms here, what are AZmerit tests?>>AZmerit has been used statewide student assessment that kids took this year from grades 3 through high school. The first year they took the test, and really it was a part of a series of setting high expectations for all children. An important move in the right direction for Arizona.>>this replaced aims?>>yes. It’s a different kind of a test. It really has set a higher bar for how we define proficiency for our students.>>public school students only? No private school kids?>>Public schools. District charters.>>how come private schools don’t take these tests?>>it’s not required by law.>>okay. So for the public school kids, tests are not mandatory, are they?>>they are.>>They are mandatory. Okay.>>Yes.>>I thought that parents could opt out.>>Not right now, no.>>okay. Well, we’ll move ahead, then. Results as we mentioned for reading and math don’t sound that good. 59% men ale and partially proficient in reading, 67% in math. What’s going on?>>Well, certainly the preliminary results show there’s opportunities for improvement and ensuring all of our children have a chance to be successful but this is a really important moment for Arizona to step out and take a look at the big picture. Because the realty is that we have taken so many steps to move education in the right direction in this state, and there’s been a recognition for some time now that we needed to raise our expectations for all of our children. So back in 2010 Arizona adopted a higher set of standards and standards that were more meant to be reflective of the skills and knowledge that kids need in the world today. The realty is that the world is changing so quickly around us we’re preparing kids for jobs that don’t exist. We need to be thinking about how to help kids become critical thinkers, problem solvers. To be able to be flexible and adapt to new situations. We have taken so many steps in Arizona to take a look at our standards, raise them to that expectation to make sure our kids are nationally and globally competitive. This is one more step as part of that bigger picture designed to measure that level of proficiency.>>so still these are lower scores than aims. Should they be lower than aims?>>I think you can’t even compare the aims test to this test. Aims was really built to measure minimum proficiency. So it was designed around a floor. Are our students meeting basic skills. The results of that test were a little bit misleading at times because when we called students proficient a lot of the students at the proficient level were having to leave high school and retake high school courses. The AZmerit is designed to address some of that in that the bar is set at a higher level. It’s meant to show that kids are on track to be ready for their future for college and for careers, and as a parent and a taxpayer, I want to know where our students actually stand.>>so with that in mind are these results really a surprise?>>they are not. This is where I think we have to commend Arizona’s many of our policy makers are educators who have been working so hard. We have recognized for some time we needed to raise expectations. We having known for a long time that the results of the aims test wasn’t anywhere on par to results of the national standard like the NAPE test. The results are pretty similar to national assessment data that we have been receiving from tests like that for years. I think we have to acknowledge that our educators have been working incredibly hard and our students have actually improved. If you look at the trajectory of aims data leading up to this year’s test, which is just a different test, our students were dramatically improving on the aims test, evidence that Arizona teachers have been able to move students in the right direction.>>As far as now the ramifications of these results, I know that in the past there was talk that third graders would have to be held back if they didn’t get to a certain level. There would be letter grades for schools that reflect the result of the tests. Is any of that happening now or is that on hold?>>Last legislative session there’s recognition of a lot of change. We want to honor this transition that teachers are making. That we have adopted new standards, we have raised the bar, we have a new assessment and we wanted to honor that time period. As a result legislation put the letter grades on hold. So that is not happening this year. Student test data will still be released but not assigned to a letter grade or used for those purposes.>>when does that start?>>it’s a two-year transition period. The state board is on Friday taking a look at what we’re going to do with move on when reading. That’s another question. But I have to say the most important thing we can possibly do is make sure that we are recruiting and retaining the very best teachers in Arizona because without a high scarlet teacher in place we don’t get anywhere.>>how do we attract these teachers, how do we keep them?>>we need to do a better job of creating a culture where teachers feel supported, respected. Funding is an issue. We have had a resource challenge in the state for the last few years. Salary is a part of it. I think the best we can do is look at what our effective educators are doing, especially in low income communities, and learn from them.>>the initial results not the best, especially when it comes to reading and math. Just a change in the test is going to affect the scores, but when can we start seeing improvements or not having caveats for nonimprovement?>>Well, the first year is always a transition year. Whenever you have change. I would say even looking at the second and third year, the second year there might continue to be readjusting but as soon as we have more time to look at the trend data I think that will be really helpful for us. but what we would advise for parents and educators if they are seeing this is not to be alarmed. To embrace the information that this test is giving us as an indicator of how our students are doing in their readiness for the next grade, for college and career. We want the most accurate information we can have.>>Good to have you here.>>thanks so much.>>>Light-rail is scheduled toe be up and operational in downtown Mesa later this month. The extension means changes in mass transit schedules and changes in Mesa. Here is the city’s vice mayor Dennis Kavanaugh. Good to have you here.>>Thank you, Ted.>>when will this extension actually open?>>well, believe it or not it’s opening seven months early, ahead of schedule, on budget, on August 22.>>August 22. Now where will the new track go?>>The new track will be extending from the existing station at Dotson Sycamore station over to just past Mesa drive, about a 3.1 mile extension.>>3.1 miles. How many more — four more stops there?>>four new stations, yes. They will be at Alma school, country club center and Mesa drive.>>how about park and ride areas?>>We’ll be adding — we have a large park and rite at Sycamore station, about 800 spaces. We’ll be adding one at Mesa drive with 500 spaces.>>500, huh. These park and rides basically anyone and their brother can park there, jump on the light-rail, spend all day, come back and go.>>Makes it easy.>>new readers, how many?>>About 5,000 per day. Based on our existing demographic a lot of students, a lot of people going to events downtown, Tempe, Phoenix. People just going to work. Commuting. People going to doctors’ appointments. During the day is really very consistent even outside of rush hour. That was a big surprise to us in analyzing the ridership throughout the years. Very good cross-section of society.>>as far as the cost?>>it was $199 million.>>so just below 200.>>just plow.>>How funded?>>Combination of federal and state funds. This particular project was 60% federal and 40% local money.>>the importance to Mesa in general, but because we hear criticism, it doesn’t make that much of a difference. The businesses that are there suffer through so much construction they can never survive. I know what you want to see. Realistically are those criticisms valid?>>not really because what light-rail does throughout the country, what it’s done in the valley, for Mesa, it increases connectivity. For us in Mesa particularly it increases connectivity to our arts and cultural institutions in downtown Mesa, the three museums, the art center. For college in downtown. It creates connections to our Mesa convention center, adds additional support and connection to go to spring training. For us, it really opens up a lot of possibilities for connecting people from the rest of the valley to downtown Mesa.>>in addition we always hear when light-rail is discussed development and development plans are always a factor there. What do you think?>>economic development is really a key factor on any light-rail line. I think we just released analysis here in the valley showing about 8.2 billion of investment along the original 20-mile segment. We have anticipated now about $90 million of new investment along the central Mesa extension. We think that trend will continue. We’re looking to see new housing. We already have new housing coming in in downtown. Hopefully other kinds of businesses occupying space that’s vacant or under-used. We think it will strengthen our historic neighborhoods there as well but housing is one thing we expect to see happen.>>in Tempe and Phoenix they have learned that it really helps to get residence near light-rail in the downtown area. Can we see construction relatively soon?>>right. You’ll see we had new housing opening last year in downtown at center and 1st avenue that’s already undergoing an expansion. We have had a lot of interest from other developers on sites downtown that are vacant. For example brown and brown Chevrolet is a very large pal sell that’s vacant now providing opportunity for new housing there. You’re getting interest in rehabbing the houses in the historic neighborhood. The area just south of main street I think offer a lot of opportunities for new housing there. But we’re getting inquiries from people doing loft housing, that typical urban type of housing with retail and offices.>>what are you hearing from the businesses down there?>>well, we learned a lot from the first 20 mile extension. We learned that you really have to have rapid response teams to work with businesses that might have a driveway blocked or power off. We engage them from the very beginning on where the station should go, what the design should be, so I think a lot of them took ownership interest in the project and over all I think if you ask them they have survived. They are looking forward to the opening. This have had a lot of say in how the construction has gone. I think that’s helped. That’s going to help us for further expansion.>>let’s talk about that. What’s in the plans? What’s in the cards?>>well, light-rail always takes a long time. The segment we’re opening on the 22nd took eight years but we have been working on yet another expansion to pass Gilbert road and that is under way on that. That should be complete by the end of 2018.>>another three miles, five miles? How far is that?>>About another two to three.>>for those who say and again we have so many debates on this program about light-rail and mass transit, they will say it’s wiser and less costly to use buses over light-rail. Just use buses. They are more portable, you don’t have to build all this concrete, this infrastructure. It would make more sense economically and serve citizens better to emphasize buses and quit spending so much on light-rail.>>light-rail works really well when you have dense operations. You can’t have a successful light-rail without a very strong bus system as well as a circulator system. We have seen that at Sycamore station in Mesa. Really it’s as symbiotic relationship between bus and rail. Oftentimes what you’ll See in communities is the bus service will increase, your population will get denser. You may have buses going guide ways and ultimately as your population grows you can replace that much easier with light-rail.>>last question. You have been in Mesa a long time. You’ve seen that city in a variety of ways. I would say 15 to 20 years ago Mesa would be the last city in the valley people would think would even want or consider light-rail. Are you surprised?>>About 15 to 20 years ago I was one of those advocating for light-rail. I am pleasantly happy that it’s come this far. We have had kind of a great community energy involved in mass transit. A lot of millennials have become engaged in the process. A lot of people like baby boomers have suddenly realized for whatever reason I may not be able to drive in the future but I’m still going to be working and being active. I have to have ways to get around. A an interesting combination of forces that have moved it ahead.>>The grand opening, the 22nd of August. Good luck and congratulations on getting a vibrant downtown back up and operational.>>thank you, Ted.>>>Tonight’s edition of Arizona heartbeat looks at a young photographer with a unique look at the streets of Phoenix. Producer Shana Fischer and photographer Langston Fields introduce us to John Carbis and his odyssey.>>Photographer John Carbis has put his heart and soul into his work.>>this is basically about the last two years of my life and my exploration through the city in striving to create artwork that is original and different than anything else.>>His journey has culminated in his very first exhibition. 2015 a Phoenix odyssey captures the raw, gritty underbelly of Phoenix.>>I’m inspired by the city, being in the surroundings of the city. That’s where I feel at home with everything happening around me.>>Carbis was discovered by curator Nicole Royse, curator of the Bokeh Gallery. She loves to feature up and coming artists because while the work is good it’s not as polished as more seasoned artists.>>I love that it’s showing that raw beauty that Phoenix offers. He’s looking deeper.>>the photos are all captured at the Golden hour and create a pallet where you could almost feel the heat of the sun.>>for me to get the — color in these images the lighting is very important and basically all of these images are created within probably the last 20 minutes of sunlight, and that is incredibly important to bring out the color that you’re seeing.>>he’s also employing a technique most photographers are not, leaving the image untouched by post production process.>>my camera has multiple exposure functions so I can put it into this motor where I can take two or three photographs in succession and they are come binds into one image immediately.>>using that double exposure, that triple exposure option and really working with the current light situation, his subject, and he’s able to do that successfully because the pictures are showing excellent color, shadows, pattern, texture. Really well done photographs.>>Carbis is self-taught and much of what he photographs are buildings he would see while skateboarding around the city. He purposely looked for areas most people would avoid.>>Instagram is a good way to just show my work without anything else. It’s just very image driven as opposed to maybe Facebook where there’s so much going on. It’s very blunt and to the point. That’s what I like about it most. It’s a good way to get my work out for other people who I might not know to see my work.>>>>she says it’s easy to connect with photographs because they show what’s around us at that moment.>>When I think about the art that moves me most it’s something different and original, music, painting, photography. What moves me is originality. I think that speaks volumes to a person’s soul, really.>>his work is on display through August 30 at Bokeh gallery on Roosevelt row.>>we want to here from you. Submit your questions, comments and concerns via e-mail at Arizona”Horizon” at ASU.EDU.>>>Thursday we will find out how police have helped clean up a crime ridden Phoenix area. on the next “Arizona Horizon.”>>>That is it for now. I’m Ted Simons. Thank you so much for joining us. You have a great evening.>>>”Arizona Horizon” is it made possible by contributions from the friends of 8, members of your Arizona PBS station. Thank you.>>>Arizona Art Beat made possible in part by the Flynn foundation, supporting the advancement of arts and culture in Arizona.

    Light Rail Kings Pre-Party Pt. 2
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    Light Rail Kings Pre-Party Pt. 2

    October 19, 2019


    . WELCOME BACK BACK. WE MADE IT TO THE GOLD ESPECIALLY ONE CENTER. THERE IS THE VIP ENTRANCE. I GUESS I SHOULD KEEP WALKING RIGHT? THAT IS NOT MY ENTRANCE. LOOK — I HAVE A GROUP. A MOBILE PARTY. I LOVE THIS. LOOK AT THIS. THE OFFICIAL PARTY STARTER IS RIGHT HERE. RIGHT THERE. THANK YOU FOR FINALLIA RAVING TO THE PARTY. YOU GOT IT. WE ARE CLEARLY EARLY. LET’S KEEP WALKING TO GET THE FRONT VIEW. HERE IS HOW EASY THIS WAS. WE PICKED UP RT AT THE FRANKLIN STATION DOWN IN THE SOUTH AREA. SOUTH SACRAMENTO. WE HOPPED ON ABOUT 40 MINUTES LATER WE ARE HERE AND WE JUST HOPPED OF THERE. SUPER EASY AND THEY MAKE IT NICE AND PRETTY. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT RIGHTS FOR ALL THE DIFFERENT GAMES. THEY ARE PURPLE TODAY. WE ARE WALKING ONE, TWO BLOCKS AND THERE IS THE FRONT OF THE GOLDEN ONE CENTER. LOOKING FANTASTIC. THEY ARE MADE IT SUPER EASY. I SHOWED YOU THE APP. IT’S FREE. I DON’T THINK I SAID THAT TO YOU LAST TIME. IT’S FREE TO RIDE ALL DAY. WE HAVE EXTENDED HOURS SO IT’LL GO AN HOUR LATER. NOW CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE PARTY? HERE IS THE PARTY ANIMALS WITH ME THIS MORNING. THEY HAVE — TODAY YOU ARE MOVING THE PARTY ON THE RT TODAY? YEAH. PEOPLE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO — DIFFERENT PARTY STARTERS GIVE AWAY FREE ITEMS ON THE TRAIN, DOING TRIVIA AND WE WILL DO THIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THROUGHOUT THE REST THE YEAR. PARTIES AT DIFFERENT STATIONS. I AM THERE. HAPPENINGFROM FOUR TO SIX AND OUR KEYWORDS, SAFE, CONVENIENT, CLEAN RIGHT? RIGHT. THOSE ARE THREE WORDS, HIGH FIVE. DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING. THERE YOU GO. AGAIN YOU CAN HOP ON AT ANY OF THE STATIONS. HAVE YOU — YOU CAN JUST GET YOUR APP AND FIND YOUR ROUTE AND BUY YOUR TICKETS THROUGH THERE AS WELL. EASY IF YOU RIDE RT TO GET YOURSELF TO THE GOLDEN ONE CENTER. IT’S SCC SAFE, CONVENIENT CLEAN, ALL VERY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU RIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. YOU ROCK.

    Sri Lanka’s Scenic Train Ride from Kandy to Ella
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    Sri Lanka’s Scenic Train Ride from Kandy to Ella

    October 19, 2019


    You’re watching Vagabrothers, and this is Sri Lanka. I’m Alex. I’m Marko, and we’re the Vagabrothers- brothers, vagabonds, and your go-to guides for travel tips, inspiration, and vlogs on YouTube. In this series, we’re discovering the best of Sri Lanka: ancient cities, stunning nature, rich culture, and delicious food. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the channel. Right now are in Kandy in Sri Lanka, and we are heading to Nuwara Eliya on one of the world’s most scenic train rides. This train goes through the hill country, which is where they grow all the tea from Sri Lanka. It’s supposed to be extremely beautiful, and our train’s about the board. Let’s go. Alright ladies and gentlemen, the journey begins. It’s going to take us about three and a half or four hours to climb from around 500 meters here in Kandy to nearly 1,800 meters in Nuwara Eliya. We’re going to be climbing up higher into tea country, into the hill country. It’s going to be green. It’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be twisty and turn-y, and it’s going to be an adventure. We’re getting farther into the highlands, and the scenery is just beautiful. There’re just beautiful jungle hills, and during colonial times the British converted these hills into some of the most productive and high-quality tea growing regions in the world. This train was built to export the tea from the mountains to the coast, and to this day Ceylon tea is still famous worldwide, although the train is now more for tourists and is a pretty good deal. An unreserved ticket in third class, which this is third class, is only 100 rupees, which is like 75 cents, and you can reserve your seats like these ones for five dollars. It’s a great deal. It takes about four hours. For now all you got to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy the view. We’re finally starting to get up into the countryside. Scenery’ s changing; the cities are getting a little more spaced out. Starting to see some big rolling hills. But the one thing that has remained constant through the entire journey is the noise. It’s a loud rickety rackety train, but it’s extremely scenic, and it’s super cool. We’re stopped here in the middle of the hills. It’s super cool to see how many people have their legs and arms sticking out the front of the train. We’re here in the back… that is the caboose, and we get the whole view. When the train curves you see the entire length of the train, everyone hanging out. It’s really cool. I mean, this definitely was created for business purposes to just export tea all around the world. Really cool to see how it’s been…. basically become a tourist train, which is a great experience in itself. Okay, we have arrived in Nuwara Eliya. Climbed well over a thousand meters on this train ride. We’re going in. Wow After a super fun train ride, we have arrived to Nuwara Eliya. Oh my gosh. What a refreshing relief. The temperature is incredible. It’s super pleasant, very lush, and we have a fun afternoon planned. So stick around. We have just arrived to our destination Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England” as you can tell with the red post box and post office. To find out why there is a replica British village at the foot of Sri Lanka’s largest mountain, we’re going to head just outside of town. You may be wondering why we’re in such a palatial setting. That’s because in the late 1800s, this was actually a governor’s home. It was a vacation home, and it was a social club. There was a golf course built. Then later on it was converted into a hotel. But nowadays, it’s the best place to come to sample the rich diversity of tea from Sri Lanka, not to mention pick out one of a little bit of afternoon high tea. They do it right. We’ve had sweet; we’ve had savory. We’ve had these beautiful teas; We got an oolong tea, which is like a fermented tea. It’s famous from this part of Sri Lanka. It’s famous all around the world. We got a light and a dark black tea. Could have got the rose tea. I got the rose and French vanilla tea, which I really like because it has a bit of floral and then also sweet, which is a really good combination. It’s delicious. Funny fact: Lipton, as in Lipton’s Iced Tea, was started right here. Lipton was a guy who in the 1800’s started a tea plantation. I think he was from Glasgow, originally. He came here and just started making tea, and tea’s a huge industry. Now it employs a million people in Sri Lanka, and it accounts for 4% of all the entire island is dedicated making tea. That’s a lot of tea. Again, cheers to tea. Nuwara Eliaya was made famous by tea. This is the tea region in Sri Lanka. It’s the home of Ceylon tea. We’ve come to Pedro Estates, and we’re going to learn a little bit more about tea culture and production here in central Sri Lanka. We are at the Pedro Estates in Nuwara Eliya, one of the prime properties on Ellis Plantation. It is situated about six thousand eight hundred meters above the mean sea level. It’s one of the best tea plantations in Sri Lanka. Here in Budra state we have tea around 668 Here we produce around eight hundred and thirty thousand kilos. Well, it is super cool to come here and to see where tea comes from, especially having been in Taiwan and China where the oolong teas from Sri Lanka, the ones that are grown on this estate, are highly prized. Obviously, it’s difficult work to get the tea from the tree to your cup, and the people who are responsible for picking the tea are actually a number of women who are descendants from the original Tamil laborers that were brought here from southern India during British colonial times over 150 years ago. They are paid by weight and each person gathers about 20 kilos of tea by hand every single day. So to learn how the process is done, we’re going to meet up with a local guide who’s going to show us how to pick Ceylon tea. This is the ideal leaf. This is the way to pick like two leaves and a bud. Sometimes we can go for like this picking also, see? Two leaves and a bud and now the leaf falls. And this is the hard leaf. See? It’s a dark green. This is normally (one) we are not picking. It falls down and becomes fertilizer. All right, so right now we are getting attired . We’re going to be picking tea. Across. And the stick above the leaf is only where to pluck it Like two leaves and a bud or three leaves. Okay, three leaf and then like this? Yeah – two leaves and a bud like that. What’s the bud? This is the bud. How do I know it’s going to land in there? Actually, it’s another leaf before it’s looked bud. Four and a half kilograms fresh leaf become one kilo of black tea. 2.5 gram for one cup of tea. We need minimum like 10 gram leaves. We come to 4 and 5 gram like that. There’s no 10 gram leaf. They don’t think about that when you’re having a cup of tea, how much effort goes into it. People just drink tea like…. if you buy something at the supermarket, you’re not thinking about how much work goes into it. But this is really… but now we will. I definitely…it would take me a very long time to get my daily quota. But I think it’s also like…. the skill is knowing which ones you can pick because right now every single one I’m looking at, I’m like…. ay? When they started, the workers can’t do that much fast, but they get a experience. Sometimes some ladies can pluck more than 18 kilos. 20 -25 kilos also they can pluck. And this is a traditional job, right? Traditional job. How many generations of people? Maybe three, four generations. Wow. Like your mother and your mother before? Just popped inside the factory just to get a little bit better of an idea how tea is processed once it’s picked. This is a huge factory. It’s obviously been around for a while, but the machines still work. Everything still functions. It’s really cool just to see how many different stages tea goes through before it ends up in your cup. Well, it’s been excellent day exploring the highlands, the tea, the train. Everything was really cool. What a beautiful place, beautiful views. Nuwara Eliya, definitely the coolest both temperature wise and vibe wise, in my opinion, place that we’ve been so far on the trip. But taking the train from Kandy up through the rolling hills, then getting to try the tea and to understand where it comes from and understand the process and meeting the people who are picking it and making it. Just a really, really cool experience overall and definitely one of the highlights so far on the trip. So stay tuned. Tomorrow, we’re going to go down to Ella, which is like the back packing center of Sri Lanka. Should be really cool. We’re getting more into the hills and the jungles out here in Sri Lanka So stay tuned for that. It’ll be nature vibes, hiking, exploration. If you enjoyed this video, you know what to do: big thumbs- up, share it with your travel buddies, you haven’t already. Please subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications so you don’t miss out on any vlogs. And in the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.

    Metro Tunnel – New Break Back Piling technology
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    Metro Tunnel – New Break Back Piling technology

    October 19, 2019


    The Metro Tunnel Project is using
    cutting-edge technology to reduce noise dust and vibration. Works are progressing
    to build a new underground station at Parkville and four other underground
    stations in Melbourne for the Metro Tunnel Project. And we’re always looking
    at ways we can minimize the impacts of construction on the surrounding
    community. Traditionally piling works use heavy
    machinery to cut and chisel off the piling caps during the final stage of
    piling. Known as breaking back the piles this is generally a noisy and dusty
    process that generates vibration. To minimize noise, dust and vibration
    impacts we’re using state-of-the-art technology and an innovative method to
    break back the piles. It involves placing polyethylene sleeves over the
    reinforcement cage down to the desired cutoff level. Next an array of purpose
    designed flasks with PVC tubes are fixed to the reinforcement cage to the cutoff
    level. Once the concrete is set, an expanding mortar agent is poured into
    the polyethylene sleeves the expanding mortar forms a horizontal crack at the
    cutoff level. This process will result in less noise, minimal dust and less
    vibration. The Metro Tunnel Project is using cutting-edge technology to reduce
    noise, dust and vibration. Authorised by Victorian Government, 1
    Treasury place Melbourne

    Young Designers Light Rail Ideas Competition:Category A winners
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    Young Designers Light Rail Ideas Competition:Category A winners

    October 19, 2019


    How did you get to the idea of your eventual
    station design? Ah well we…before the day, or the two days
    of the thing, we went to the O’Connor Ridge and we just got some bark and leaves and stuff.
    Yeah because Canberra is the bush capital, we thought we wanted to inspire ourselves
    using the bush. So, yeah we went into O’Connor Ridge and found examples of bark and leaves.
    And being able to work as a part of a big group and also amongst a whole bunch of other
    groups over the last two days, was that a fun process?
    Yeah Yeah it was really cool, seeing all the groups
    collaborate together was really great!

    Paying Metro Transit fares
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    Paying Metro Transit fares

    October 19, 2019


    Once you’ve planned your trip, you’re ready to hop on. The cost of your trip depends on the time of day, type of service you select and with Northstar, the distance you travel. Fares for buses and light rail are slightly higher during rush hour periods in the morning and late afternoon on weekdays. Express buses use highways to get from point to point, and operate most frequently during morning and evening rush hours. Express buses have a slightly higher fare. People ages 65 and older and those with a Medicare card can ride at a reduced fare outside of rush hours. Deeply discounted fares are available to customers with disabilities. Proper identification is required. Children ages six to twelve also pay a reduced fare outside of rush hours. Children age five and under ride free on all routes, including Northstar. Disabled veterans can ride buses and trains for free on all regular route service with a valid veteran’s photo ID card that has the “service-connected” or SC symbol. Bus and light rail trips within Downtown Zones cost fifty cents anytime of the day. Northstar Line fares are based on the distance of your commute. A one-way weekday ticket for the longest Northstar ride between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis is seven dollars, with the fare the lowest between stations. A one-way weekend fare between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis is five dollars and twenty-five cents. Customers with disabilities pay a reduced fare at all times on Northstar, with a maximum fare of one dollar and seventy-five cents. People ages 65 and older, children ages six to twelve, and individuals holding Medicare cards pay that same reduced fare on weekends.

    Eltek Power Ideas: Smart Power for Rail & Metro
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    Eltek Power Ideas: Smart Power for Rail & Metro

    October 19, 2019


    The transport sector has to become more sustainable it has to reduce emissions and congestions The rail sector has great potential though but it is getting very old, it is very complex and it is almost chaotic. It is held up together by large number of interlocking systems, each one stand-alone, but depending on others as links in the chain. So this complexity also makes it very hard to oversee the entire infrastructure and foresee problems There are lots of different systems with different voltages, different needs, different equipment and there are sourced from different suppliers. So there is actually no way to manage the entire network as one entity. The same is true for power systems used in the rail network. They are old, inefficient, they lack the reliability expected today and if you have a breakdown it will be very costly to repair and you will have a problem with spares. There is usually no redundancy on module level. The consequence is energy waste, higher emissions and higher operating cost. Our technology and solutions fit perfectly to meet this challenge. The key elements are high efficiency, very compact modules, the ability to build power systems from a few building blocks, smart management of an entire system and now with the Rectiverter which combines AC and DC output in one module, you get even more flexibility. The advantages for Railways are significant. A modular system is scalable and therefore future proof with fewer building blocks asset management is also simplified One modular system, with one battery backup and one controller, catering for several applications and voltage levels, will obviously save a lot of space compared to several smaller systems. Simplified maintenance is another advantage. Modules can be hot-swapped swiftly, with no disturbance to operation. With our management system you can monitor and control several power systems remotely. Running a maintaining your power systems doesn’t have to be complicated our way gives you a lower total cost of ownership and a greater contribution towards green mobility.

    Chicago Local Transportation Guide – Getting Around (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 2
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    Chicago Local Transportation Guide – Getting Around (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Episode# 2

    October 19, 2019


    Hipfig Travel Channel offers Travel Video Guides for more than 20 cities in Asia, US, and Canada. If you like our travel videos subscribe to this channel to see more. Welcome to Hipfig’s Video Guide Series on Chicago. In this video we’ll be showing you the public transport available in the city. The Chicago Transit Authority or CTA runs the public transportation system in the city of Chicago. The CTA service includes both bus and train or subway service. The CTA subway or train lines also known as the “L” have 8 routes and 145 stations. The nickname “L” is short for elevated, a reference to the all elevated beginnings of the system. Every station has Venture vending machines if you need to buy or load fares. Venture cards can store value for regular cards and unlimited ride passes. When you enter a train station, you can pay your fare at the turnstile or gate. Simply touch your Venture card or Venture ticket or contactless Bank card to the reader on the top of every turnstile. Stations have maps and signs to help you find your way Follow signs to the boarding area for the train. Once at the platform, wait near the signs that indicate where the train stops. The “L” trains are efficient and an economical travel option. The L runs every 7 to 10 minutes and every 10 to 15 minutes later in the evening The CTA offers free transfers between all “L” routes and they’re available at designated locations. Go to Hipfig’s website for the link. L train routes are designated by color: Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, Pink, and Yellow lines. The Red and Blue “L” lines operate 24 hours a day every day. All other lines run daily except the Purple line to the downtown Loop. The Purple line runs a shuttle between Linden and Howard and then an express “L” train between Linden and the downtown Loop. CTA “L” train arrival estimates are available also text. Go to Hipfig’s website for the link. Digital signs at many CTA stations also provide arrival estimates. Another train option in Chicago is the Metra rail system. If you’re coming from the suburbs of Chicago or O’hare airport then you can take the Metra commuter rail. Metra is a commuter rail service in the Chicago metropolitan area. The railroad operates 241 stations on 11 different rail lines For more information and the link, go to Hipfig’s website. Another convenient way to get around the city is by CTA bus The CTA bus service has 140 routes. After you find your bus stop, wait near the sign. Stand near the bus stop so that the driver can see you and stop for you. Check the designation sign as the bus approaches or read the one on the side when it stops. You should have the bus route number, name, and where it’s headed When the bus opens its door, it will also audibly announce the bus’s route and destination. If you’re still not sure where the bus is going, you can always ask the driver. Make sure that your fare is ready when the bus approaches and pay your fare as you enter. Fares can be paid using the Ventra card. There’s also passes which are good for unlimited riding within a certain period of time; and if you’re using cash you have to use exact change. You can get CTA bus arriival information through the CTA bus tracker app on your mobile phone. There are also bus tours like Big Bus. They are hop on and hop off tours. These are especially helpful in getting around the downtown Loop area because they drop you off right in front of the attractions which saves a lot of walking and figuring out routes. Big Bus tours are included in multi attraction cards like Citypass Chicago. This is a good deal if intend to go to more than three attractions in the Chicago area. There are also other kinds of tours available like the Pedal bike tours which are available in the Loop around tourist areas. If you’re more of a self-guided tour kind of person, consider a self-guided bike tour Consider renting a bike from Divvy. It’s Chicago’s official bike share system. You can rent a bike for a 24 hour period at a very low fee. All you have to do is pick up a bike at one of the hundreds of stations they have around the Chicago area and then after you’re done, return it to any bike station near you. The best spot to ride your bikes would be the Lakefront Trail. Happy Travels. Go to hipfig.com hipfig.com for more information or go to our Hipfig Travel Channel on YouTube and be sure to subscribe for regular updates