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    Sydney Metro: Metro Experience Day at the new Tallawong Station
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    Sydney Metro: Metro Experience Day at the new Tallawong Station

    October 16, 2019


    [Music] The station day was all about showcasing our facilities to those in the community with mobility constraints – hearing, visual cognitive – to just show them how easy it is to come in and use this service. The whole purpose of the new metro is that ease of being able to transfer from a car or something in the street, right through to getting onboard the train and to your destination. For the customer, it’s how they get to the station, what they do when they get to the end of their journey, how they move around. So we’ve focused on making sure all of those parts come together for the customer. [Music] A lift at every station and when you get down to the platform, the safety of the screen doors. If you’re someone with a disability, if you’re someone with a young child, that sense that there is a very low risk environment moving in and around. [Music] Could you ask one of your station attendants to assist? Over. [Music] As you move around on the train, you’ll see that there are some new features such as dedicated spaces for wheelchairs spread throughout the train. We’ve got areas where parents with prams can step on and put them in an area which is out of the way of majority of the customers. We’ve got help points at every door, [Music] and it is an eual train for everyone. You can move around whether you’re in a wheelchair or whether you have other disabilities. It is quite easy to move around on this train. [Music] You can see the full length of the train, the sense of security around because everyone knows where everyone is on the train. [Music]

    Governor discusses Virginia Beach’s $20 million light rail expansion bill
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    Governor discusses Virginia Beach’s $20 million light rail expansion bill

    October 16, 2019


    WATCHES OR WARNINGS FOR OUR AREA. GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE WAS IN TOWN HELPING NORFOLK ACADEMY CELEBRATE ITS UPCOMING 300 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. HE WAS ALSO TAKING QUESTIONS FROM 10 ON YOUR SIDE ABOUT $20 MILLION DOLLARS VIRGINIA BEACH OWES STATE TAXPAYERS. THOSE QUESTIONS POSED BY ANDY FOX WHO JOINS US FROM THE NEWSROOM. AFTER VIRGINIA BEACH VOTERS REJECTED LIGHT RAIL COMING TO THE BEACH, EFFORTS BEGAN TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS DUE THE STATE. TALK OF A PROMISE THAT THE CITY WOULD USE THE RAIL TRACK RIGHT OF WAY FOR MASSIVE OR RAPID TRANSIT SOMETIME IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AFTER TALKING WITH GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE YOU GET THE IMPRESSION HE IS SKEPTICAL VIRGINIA BEACH CAN DEVELOP THE REQUIRED MASSIVE OR RAPID TRANSIT USE FOR THE PROPERTY. GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE REMINDS EVERYONE THE $20 MILLION DOLLARS THE STATE GAVE TO VIRGINIA BEACH FOR LIGHT RAIL IS $20 MILLION DOLLARS THAT NEEDS TO BE REPAID (45:05 37) ((IF THEY WANT TO DO SOME TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECT IN IN THE CORRIDOR WE WOULD LOOK AT THAT BUT WE ARE NOT PUTTING 20 MILLION DOLLARS SO THEY CAN PUT UP CONDOS OR WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE. THAT IS NOT FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA)) RUNS: 15 GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE ALSO SAYS PUTTING A BIKE PATH OR WALKING PATH IN THIS RIGHT OF WAY IS NOT WHAT THE STATE IS LOOKING FOR. (52:56 38) ((DO YOU THINK VIRGINIA BEACHES 20 MILLION SHOULD BE DIVERTED AND GIVEN OVER TO NORFOLK IF IT IS FOR LIGHT RAIL YES)) RUNS: 06 NORFOLK MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER (53:07 38) ((THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIKE PATH A WALK PATH APPROPRIATION AND THE MONEY SHOULD BE USED FOR THE EXPANSION FOR LIGHT RAIL THROUGHOUT THE REGION OF SPECIALLY THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF NORFOLK )) RUNS: 13 GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE SEEMS TO AGREE WITH WHAT THE “SPIRIT OF THE $20 MILLION WAS TO BE USED FOR” (45:48 37) ((THE SPIRIT OF THE MONEY WAS USED FOR LIGHT RAIL THEY CAN COME BACK AND MAKE AN ARGUMENT FOR A MASS CAPACITY TO MOVE PEOPLE THROUGH TRANSPORTATION BARRING SOME AGREEMENT THAT MONEY IS COMING BACK IT IS ONLY FAIR)) RUNS: 11 (52:38 38) ((NORFOLK HAS LIGHT RAIL NORFOLK IS WILLING TO EXTEND LIGHT RAIL NOT ONLY TO THE NAVAL STATION TO ODU AND THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF NORFOLK.))52:47 RUNS:10 THAT’S WHAT GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE WANTS TO HEAR. (37 46;20 13) ((NORFOLK THEY’RE TRYING TO EXPAND MAYBE THEY NEED THE 20 MILLION DOLLARS 46:20 AND IF NORFOLK PUTS UP A GREAT PROPOSAL IF THEY PUT UP A GREAT PROPOSAL WHAT? WE WOULD FUND IT. NO QUESTION RUNS: 46:27 DID YOU HEAR THAT WE WOULD FUND IT NO QUESTION (38 53:22) (ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE GOVERN R THE 20 MILLION FROM VIRGINIA BEACH GIVEN TO NORFOLK INDEED.)) RUNS: 05 I AM TOLD VIRGINIA BEACH COUNCILMAN JOHN MOSS HAS BEEN TALKING WITH MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO GET THE $20 MILLION DOLLARS RETURNED TO THE STATE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE HAS SPOKEN WITH BEACH MAYOR WILL SESSOMS IN THE PAST, AND HE HAS SAID THE CITY COULD COME UP WITH THE $20 MILLION, IT WOULD BE HARD, AND WOULD PROBABLY TAKE AWAY FROM SOMETHING ELSE. THIS STORY IS CHANGING, STAY WITH US FOR DEVELOPMENTS.

    Fleet of refurbished light rail cars increases capacity
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    Fleet of refurbished light rail cars increases capacity

    October 16, 2019


    THE TAXI DRIVERS ASSOCIATION SAYS THEY WON’T HAVE AN EXACT IDEA OF HOW MUCH BUSINESS THEY’VE LOST FOR A FEW MONTHS. ANCHOR: NEW TONIGHT, GIVING NEW LIFE TO OLD TRAINS. THE FLEET FOR SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT IS GETTING AN UPGRADE. AND IT COMES AT A CRITICAL TIME. KCRA 3’S CLAIRE DOAN IS LIVE WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS TO R.T.. 21 REFURBISHED VEHICLES WILL EVENTUALLY HIT STOPS LIKE THIS ONE AND GO SYSTEM-WIDE. THE R.T. SAYS IT’S A WAY OF MODERNIZING TRANSPORTATION.,WHILE SAVING MONEY. BUT RIDERS HAVE SOME OTHER CONCERNS. THESE MACHINES ARE FOR CONNECT CARDS, ELECTRONIC CARDS TO MAKER EASIER AND FASTER FOR RIDERS. THE R.T. HAS NOT DATE SET YET ON WHEN THE SYSTEM WILL GO ONLINE. LIVE IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO, CLAIRE DOAN, KCRA 3 NEWS. THEY ARE HOPING TO ADD 15 YEARS TO THE LIVES AND COMING AHEAD OF THE NEW ARENA AND REVITALIZATION OF DOWNTOWN. THEY WILL NO DOUBT RELY HEAVILY ON PUBLIC TRANSIT STATION. I SHOULD PROBABLY BE USING IT, BUT I’M TEMPTED TO JUST USE TRANSPORTATION TO THE BAY AREA AND NOT MUCH IN TOWN. IMPROVING THE OUTSIDE, POWER TENDS COMING AFTER A CRITICAL REPORT BY A BUSINESS PANEL THIS YEAR HIGHLIGHTING ISSUES OAKLAND HAS SINCE PURITY OR WRITERS. — AND SECURITY FOR RIDERS. THERE’S A LOT OF SECURITY CONCERNS AT NIGHT. ALL THEY DO IS CALL THE POLICE AND BY THAT TIME THE INCIDENT HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE FOR THE POLICE EVEN COME. IS REFURBISHED CARS ARE COST-EFFECTIVE HOPING THEY BRING NEW LIFE AND NEW WRITERS TO THE SYSTEM.

    Sydney Metro Presents: A Bridge to the Future
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    Sydney Metro Presents: A Bridge to the Future

    October 15, 2019


    NARRATOR: Sydney’s skyline
    is changing and in the booming north-west,
    a new landmark has taken shape. With planning and major construction
    now over, a unique vision has been realised. This is the inside story
    of a modern engineering marvel, the first bridge of its kind
    in Australia, from drawing board to reality. In 2013, John Anderson was handed,
    literally, a curve ball: design a new railway bridge to sit
    above one of Sydney’s busiest roads without affecting
    the 50,000 vehicles below that use it every day. It was to be a critical piece
    of new infrastructure, vital to the delivery of Australia’s
    biggest public transport project. I’ve been working on this project
    for four years, not eight hours a day,
    five days a week, but pretty much 365 days a year
    for the last four years. NARRATOR: The 66-kilometre long
    Sydney Metro is a project of many firsts. This bridge is one of them. It’s the crucial gap between the train stabling
    and operational headquarters and the rest of the Metro network. Crossing Windsor Road at Rouse Hill came with its own unique
    set of challenges. Nothing like this had ever been
    built in Australia before – a cable-stayed bridge for trains
    built on a curve. JOHN: It’s an amazingly
    challenging project because it’s not a recipe. There isn’t another bridge out there that essentially we can go,
    “Open the book, read the paper, “and it will tell us
    how to design this bridge.” NARRATOR: John was thrown a curve
    in more ways than one that would put his
    engineering skills to the test. JOHN: I think it’s important
    from a design point of view that you look at each project
    individually, its context,
    your client’s requirements, the functional requirements
    that are needed in the design. There is always creative opportunity
    in the design process but often you’re led there by the functional requirements
    of the bridge. The challenge in this project
    was to design a structure that was empathetic
    to its surroundings and the cable-stayed bridge
    was better suited to the context in Rouse Hill. We didn’t have the option to say, “Sorry, but we don’t
    want the curve.” NARRATOR: After considering
    numerous design options, it was decided a cable-stayed bridge
    was the most practical solution for this job, using essentially the same
    construction methodology as the 4-kilometre
    elevated skytrain viaduct which leads up to it. Together, they’re the most visible
    part of the Sydney Metro Project in the north-west of Sydney. The rest of it is deep underground,
    in twin 15-kilometre tunnels. JOHN: One of the biggest aspects
    of us choosing a cable-stayed bridge is that we could build
    the deck of the bridge in a similar method
    to the way that we built the viaduct deck and superstructure. We could use the overhead gantry
    to build a cable-stayed bridge. The real driver was
    the constructability and obviously along with that
    constructability comes an economy. NARRATOR: With this
    pivotal decision made, it was now time to forge ahead
    and create Australian history. Highly complex engineering, a cable-stayed bridge
    for a railway on a curve running over a very busy road. RODD STAPLES: The towers
    that hold the cables arrive, lifted into place. We’ll put the cables there and then it’ll be ready
    to become a railway with the tracks
    and the overhead wiring. NARRATOR: The most visually
    striking elements of the bridge are its two towers, made in western Sydney… ..then delivered in the middle
    of the night across the city and installed in a precise,
    military-style operation. So the steel towers for the bridge
    are functional, they’re an integral part
    of the structure. They’re definitely not decorative. They essentially transfer the load
    from the deck, to the tower, to the foundations below. There are 32 cable stays in total
    on the bridge. Each wire can be replaced
    in the future if it needs to be and each wire has its own
    corrosion protection system. RODD STAPLES: This
    cable-stayed bridge highlights just how much work
    we put into the planning and the early work
    in getting this project right. We looked at all of the future needs
    of north-west Sydney and the need to upgrade Windsor Road
    in the future and we came up with a solution
    that would allow that to occur without any impact on the bridge
    in the future, without any impact
    on the rail services. NARRATOR: The result has become
    a landmark for Sydney’s north-west, which will serve
    public transport customers for generations to come. Bridge design is really
    a team effort. We feel privileged
    to be involved in this project. We really hope that it will fit in
    to the context of the Metro and of the local community. (TRAIN HORN BEEPS) It’s a fantastic landmark, it looks great and people will be able to always
    recognise where they are just by looking out the window
    and seeing the bridge. NARRATOR: With the bridge
    now complete, tracks are being laid
    and overhead wiring installed so that new Metro rail services
    can start in the first half of 2019. This is Sydney Metro, the biggest urban rail
    infrastructure investment in Australian history.

    Railway workers’ 72-hour strike ends as subway workers in Seoul prepare for second protest
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    Railway workers’ 72-hour strike ends as subway workers in Seoul prepare for second protest

    October 15, 2019


    all right it’s that time in the newscast
    for our life and info segment this is where we focus on information that we do
    hope will be useful for your everyday life and we’re going to start with some
    good news for commuters here in South Korea a 72-hour strike by the country’s
    railway workers that started last Friday ended this morning at 9:00 a.m. Korea
    time just over one hour ago now the Korea railway corporation’s labor union
    staged the strike to demand higher pay and better working conditions after
    their negotiations with Corail collapsed in August during the strike only about
    60 to 80 percent of total trains were operating but now operations are
    fortunately about almost full capacity however as the railway workers demands
    have yet to be met the labor union is warning of another much longer
    strike in November meanwhile workers on Seoul subway lines 1 through 8 will hold
    a legal protest for 3 days starting in midnight Wednesday subway workers held
    their first protest last week demanding safer working conditions

    Sydney Metro: Martin Place integrated transport precinct
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    Sydney Metro: Martin Place integrated transport precinct

    October 15, 2019


    Martin Place station is going to be at the epicentre of the metro project. Very pleasingly, I can now confirm that we’re going to have an integrated station with two brand new, and significant, iconic buildings, which Macquarie Bank will build over the metro station. This is a fantastic outcome for Sydney Metro, it’s a fantastic outcome for the people of Sydney. On behalf of Macquarie, were very happy and excited to be delivering a Martin Place station in partnership with Sydney Metro and the government, and also being able to be part of a continuing heritage of financial services in Martin Place. [MUSIC] [ENDS]

    Traveling Balochistan Pakistan by Train Jacobabad To Quetta
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    Traveling Balochistan Pakistan by Train Jacobabad To Quetta

    October 15, 2019


    A journey through breath taken Landscapes Bolan Pass Tunnels and double locomotives the best performance to reach 1800 Meters above sea level on Pakistan Railway Rohri Chaman Main line A Journey from Jacobabad Sindh to Quetta Balochistan. But for most people a trip on Jaffar Express mean Something for more. The Fulfillment of lifelong dream Traveling Balochistan By Pakistan Railway. My Train arrived 6:30 at Jacobabad Junction sindh But waiting for sunrise and Security clearance before departure. Because of unrest in Balochistan. Bolan Express also arrived Finally at 8:00 am we are departing from Jacoababad to Quetta. Daily three trains from Peshawar Lahore and Karachi arrived here and departure for Quetta. This video is for Whom never been Balochistan in their life like me, I’m 36 and my first journey in Balochistan. Balochistan Poverty and Desert from Jacoababd Sindh to Quetta. Almost 310 Km in 8 to 9 Hours by Jaffar Express. Derra Allah Yaar is first Raiwlay station of Balochistan. and Headquater of Jaffarabad District of Balochistan. On Rohri – Chaman Main Railway line Balochistan Supply Gas whole Country but drying dung cake for fuel to use in the kitchen for fire. Mostly single story Mud houses and Afghani immigrants huts. Dera Murad Jamali is a city of ex prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and Railway Station. Second Coach train’s Wheel is cracked. But Train driver decided to reach next station slowly slowly. The Naseerabad District of Balochistan is irrigated with Desert and Pat Feeder canals from Gudu Barrage on Indus River. Balochistan neighboring regions are Iranian Balochistan to the west. Afghanistan and Federally administered Tribal area to the North and Sindh and Punjab to the East. To the south is Arabian Sea. Balochistan is the largest province in terms of land area. Forming the south western region of the country. Boggy No 2 is detached and Train is ready to Go Quetta. The Driver said it was it was out of order from Lahore. Balochistan’s area is 347,190 Sq Km and Population 12.34 Million in 2017 GDP almost 9.13 Millions USD Cheapest Lunch on Sibbi Railway Station under 1 $ better than other Railway Stations. in Pakistan. Did you know that Sibbi has 5th Highest temperature ever recorded. in Pakistan at 53 C 127 F on 26th May 2010 Nari Bolan Canal project provides for the irrigation about of 24,000 acres by means of damming the Monsoon flow of the Bolan River in the sibbi Plains. Massey Ferguson 260 Bolan Pass an Important Natural Gateway through Central Brohi range in Balochistan Province. Connecting Sibbi with Quetta By Road and Railway. For centuries it has been a route for traders, invaders and Nomadic tribes between India Higher Asia It comprises a series of long, narrow valleys are gorges and extence for 55 Miles from Rindli in the south to the Darwaza near Kolpur in the North. This strategic Railway line was constructed by Sindh, Punjab and Delhi Railway. construction begain in 1879 and completed in 1887 Which by then part of North Western State Railway. Quetta was always considered as an important strategic Destination by British Raj. as the fear of the Russian Empire could advance from Afghanistan to Quetta. there by threatning its Rule in south Asia. 17 Nov 2015 the Quetta bound Jaffar Express Derailed at Abi Gum. The Abi Gum Derailment killed 20 and injured 96 people. 16 August 2013 The Rawalpindi Bound jaffar express was attacked, with Rocket in Dozen. killing 2 and injuring 10 people. the Band Baloch libration army claimed responsibility for the attack 21 October 2013 Quetta bound Jaffar express was hit with bomb planted on railway track in Naseerabad District. killing 6 and injuring 17 people. No one yet claimed responsibilty. 2 locomotives diesel engines are on Hard job Abi Gum to Spazend Junction altitude 937 Meters to 1800 Meters up in 45 Km. Machh is located in stony hills its divided three parts area of Jail, Railway and town. People belonging from different tribes Like balochi, Kashmiri, Hazara, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindus. The Town has an Altitude of 1006 Meters most economic activities in Machh. revolves around Coal Mines. Buying and selling of Coal. the Major source of employment is Public sectors. Railway, Jail, Wapda Sui Gas and lavies Force. Machh town has a market that cattle the coal miners and residents. Machh is famous for its Jail, built in 1929. and coal mines. Train is now Near Quetta. Quetta is the Provencial Capital and Largest city of Balochistan. It has Population of 1,001,000 according to the 2017 While Quetta district has a population of 2.2 Millions City is known as the Fruit Garden of Pakistan. Due to the Numarous Fruit orchard in and around it and large varity of fruit and dry fruit. the immediate area has long one of the pastures and Mountains. with varied plants and animals relative to the dry Plains to the west Quetta is at an average elevation of 1680 Meters above sea level. making its Pakistan;s only high altitude Major City. Thanks for watching Complete video Comment for improvement of my content Bye.

    BULLET TRAIN – Riding Japan’s Super Shinkansen – 新幹線に乗りましょ!
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    BULLET TRAIN – Riding Japan’s Super Shinkansen – 新幹線に乗りましょ!

    October 15, 2019


    Japan’s bullet train or Shinkansen system is one of mankind’s modern technological marvels in its over 50 years of operation the Shinkansen has transported over 10 billion passengers more than the total population of earth at speeds exceeding 200 miles an hour for some trains in the most earthquake-prone country on the planet one would expect the worst to happen but of all those billions of passengers there have been zero passenger fatalities in operation it’s a safe efficient and convenient system and we mean convenient on this episode of the American rail club we’re taking the world’s ultimate train from Tokyo to Osaka and back taking a day journey while exploring the history of the Shinkansen and its possibilities around the world and in America welcome aboard pick a seat and enjoy the ride [Music] [Music] it’s early in the morning on our trip to Japan and we’re taking the day to go from our hotel in Tokyo to Osaka we’ll be taking the 754 AM Nozomi Express Shinkansen from Shinagawa station to arrive at Xin Osaka by 10:20 a.m. from there we’ll go to Universal Studios Japan for the morning and afternoon and then to dote on Mori at night where we will then return back afterwards on the 9:10 p.m. Nozomi to arrive at Tokyo by 11:35 p.m. pretty full day none of us ever had a packed travel day like this by train especially between two major cities separated by over 320 miles something like this would only be possible by bullet train and it’s time to start getting to the station but first let’s pick up something to eat grabbing some breakfast over in Kamata was quick and inexpensive and the food in Japan is pretty tasty and healthier than my guilty pleasure of – bacon egg and cheese McGriddle and so we stood out our morning let’s do this you can see how everything’s like got my sheet here and I have a gonna cleaning towel everything – something you don’t see back at home afterwards time to take the K in tohoku up to Shinagawa station with our Shing Content tickets already bought the day before [Music] then it’s on to the platform of the backbone of Japan’s infrastructural engine the Shinkansen what I mean this system is punctual it redefines it entirely the clockwork of seeing this amazing system in action is awe-inspiring to anyone even if they aren’t interested in trains the engineering the speed and the timing safety and the people behind it all of this make it what it is kind of surreal but it’s like wow pretty much everything worked and I was supposed to ended this posed to be for 748 or like a 739 so everything is super punctual just the way let’s get our seats on board settle in and discuss it more in depth on board but not too much as we’ll only be here for two hours and twenty minutes to cover 320 miles but first breakfast [Music] [Music] the development of the shikon s’en literally translated as new trunk line was long in the making in 1903 Germany tested the first electric multiple unit train that reached a record 130 miles an hour compared to regular locomotives which lead the passenger cars to either push or pull a train electric multiple units or e/m use are a different layout where motors are distributed along the entire train to increase efficiency for 1903 however technology hadn’t quite figured out how to sync all the motors to not resist and limit each other but a standing impression would be made on a young engineer of the Japanese railway Bureau sent to observe the test yasujiro Shima he had a dream to create Japan’s first bullet train or Dangan arisia connecting Tokyo all through Shimonoseki the western end of Japan’s main island Honshu plans were actually made and worked for the doc gonorrhea shop project in 1939 instead of using electricity however it would be steam but those plans bombed after something called World War 2 which devastated Japan’s infrastructure and burned down a majority of Tokyo and the single most destructive and deadly bombing attack in human history Japan adhering to the principles of fall down seven times get up eight had a chance to reinvent itself and three major factors would do it number one is decision to electrify its major railways gained through the sovereignty of the San Francisco treaty Japan was under immense pressure by the United States and General MacArthur to adopt diesel engines due to austerity measures and a dependency it would create on Japan to outside sources of fuel mainly Americas but thankfully it dodged that stinky bullet number two the Japanese National Railways or jnr had this man as its president Shinji so go under his leadership JR would be able to make bold decisions to grow its services then there was a dice on sale yoku or big factor number three the chief engineer at Jan arm Hideo Chima remember yasujiro Chima earlier who witnessed the record test in Germany Hideo is his son or Musco okay I’ll try to cut back on the Japanese learning there is no quiz after this in the 1950s jay-ar was struggling to keep up with the demand of population and economic growth and proposed to plans of building new narrow gauge lines along its Tokaido corridor between Tokyo and Osaka but Shinji and had a hoe had a third infant plan I mean I meant plan this plan would build a new larger standard gauge passenger rail network segregated away from freight and slower passenger trains achieve speeds in excess of a hundred thirteen miles per hour as well as followed much of the previous bullet train plan from 1939 except this time using electric multiple units the 2500 meter turning radius four corners standard on modern Shinkansen lines that was actually carried over from the 1939 plan the plans were approved in 1958 with engineering quickly commencing and construction beginning in 1959 to connect Tokyo to Osaka this Shinkansen plan or new trunk line after the standard gauge designation also brought along the ridicule moaning and hysteria from other superiors in Jnr the Japanese government and the media all throughout the planning and construction Shima and slow go were deemed madmen for sticking to trains in a coming age of automobiles and airplane words that would probably make the best humble pie with MIT’s crow later the Shinkansen was massively expensive with a budget of 1.6 billion u.s. dollars in that year which doubled to an actual of 3.2 billion u.s. dollars from 1963 to 2018 dollars that’s nearly twenty six billion dollars even including all new engineering research design and manufacturing it’s still more than half the cost per mile of California’s now 100 billion dollar project but because of these cost overruns in out of respect both so go followed by Shima resigned from J&R before ultimately the fruit of theirs and thousands of others laborers who realized on October 1st 1964 right on time for the Tokyo Olympics the era of high-speed rail had begun since the Shinkansen opening jnr had run into a lot of cost problems but contrary to popular belief this wasn’t actually created because of debt acquired from the Shinkansen project itself quite the contrary actually it paid in spades and it was subsidizing the two biggest losses for Jun are forced construction of commuter railways in sparse urban areas and government constraints on fare increases with inflation the change came when jnr was eventually split regionally into private companies rather than a public government corporation in 1987 these new japan rail or jr companies brought the much-needed technological improvements especially to rail service like the Shinkansen which stayed with the initial zero series Hikari for nearly 20 years after introduction in 1987 the year of breakup and privatization the 100 series Shinkansen ran at a hundred 37 mile an hour top speed top speed by 1992 was increased to a hundred seventy miles an hour by the series 300 by 2000 the series 500 could reach 186 miles an hour and today and e5 Shinkansen can reach 200 miles an hour hooray for capitalism the amazing history behind the Shinkansen is the reason why Japan and its visitors are able to enjoy the comforts it affords today the seating on board is rather comfy in the reserved class with plenty of space to stretch out eat on tables and put your luggage on top without worrying about running out of space and checking it in the bathrooms aren’t pristine have actual functioning sinks push button operation and sized properly for actual human beings not goblins like on Amtrak japanese etiquette suggests for you to stay quiet at a conversational level in the cars and if you need a good walking stretch or a talk on the cell phone there’s the in-between cars that have cell phones smoking areas and bathrooms the rails on which the bullet trains right upon are as smooth as a silk kimono every night of every day a crew of about 3,000 across the network perform maintenance and needed repairs on a track that takes close to 370 trains per day the receiving a dedicated inspection train equipped with gear like laser measuring equipment called doctor yellow which is quite a rare sight but hey with my luck I snapped a picture of what a Ginza then there’s the punctuality of the entire network which I previously talked about the average delay if there even is a delay for the Shinkansen is a scant 30 seconds thanks to the teamwork of everyone and the skill of the conductor’s I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of cleaning crews that clean these trains that seat 1200 plus people in only seven minutes flat I didn’t get a chance to see them but their work obviously shows as everything is clean whisking through over the rural parts of Japan cities tunnels and mountains it becomes clear how amazing these trains really are and how it has enabled Japan’s economy to reach the level it has we were already getting close when we looked back at our watches and realize how quick two hours and 300 miles had gone nobody was cramped and we were all relaxed at exactly 1019 we were at the station and we felt cheated out of our early minute so we stayed here gawking at the bullet trains for a bit more [Music] and another weekend by the way these shirts you can get them on the ark teespring and more goodies back to scheduled programming the amount of time the bullet train has given us to enjoy another part of the country was time well spent [Music] from shin-osaka we were able to easily and quickly board a train to osaka station then transfer Anisha Kujo to head for Universal City station to Universal Studios Japan [Music] [Music] [Music] it’s almost as if somebody stopped time were able to arrive here with ease and get to basically the reason why we came to Japan in the first place JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure the ride after we did all we wanted there we had enough time to take a train over to Osaka famous daughter amore district Osaka is known for its culinary culture frequently called the kitchen of Japan there’s even a saying in Japan that goes Kyoto No kia ora Osaka no cuido meaning one dresses into decadence in Kyoto and one eats into decadence in Osaka thus the Japanese term cuidado or to over indulge yourself in food [Music] [Music] indeed the food in Osaka is amazing although I think osakans are confused with how hamburgers are used but apart from cuisine the sights and lights of Osaka are enough to feed the eyes and the senses which reminds me of the old Cuban saying of bodega Jana Corazon contento or bellyful and heart content and with our heart content and legs exhausted it was time to get ourselves back to Tokyo before midnight on the last train home upon the platform itself we were able to get ourselves some Japanese snacks and alcohol to add eyes bleary to the ailments incredible how convenient it is to have a convenience store right on the platform it just works on the way back I thought about the immense amount of possibilities a system like this would bring to the u.s. much of the world including France Germany China Taiwan Italy Spain and even Morocco now have high-speed rail systems while America has dug itself in a dark hole of automobile and airline dependency the same hole that Japan avoided nearly 50 years ago thanks to the brave and innovative men that pioneered the Shinkansen the journey we took on the Shinkansen is by car would take over six hours and eight by bus that’s already half that they’d gone sure planes once they were in the air can go pretty fast but accounting for flight time plus security check plus boarding disembarking and traveling to and from the airport and your one and a half hour flight to turn to about three or four hours of total travel time there’s a reason why the Shinkansen rules an outright majority of share and travel between these two cities for starting at around $95 for this lower service to 130 dollars for the express one-way marginally cheaper bus tickets and fluctuating airline tickets around the same prices with fees don’t seem to be a good deal and one ride on the Shinkansen you can tell why the competition is scared around the world there’s actually hope for the system to come to the US through the Texas Central Railway Company coincidentally being done with the assistance of jr. Central the same company that runs the Tokaido Shinkansen we took if you want to learn a little bit more information about that you can click this video over here although we’ll be coming out with more information on it pretty soon it’ll be linked over here Japan isn’t done yet improvements to speed on the current system are currently being tested with the new Alpha X experimental train capable of over 225 miles per hour then there’s the great leap forward with what we dub the Hyperloop killer that actually exists the SC maglev this train has been breaking record at the record with the latest one in 20 fifteen at 375 miles an hour with more to go the test line in Yamanashi will be open to the public come the 2020 Olympics around the corner rhyming with history just as Japan unveiled its first Shinkansen in 1964 maybe someday the US will be able to realize the benefits of rail and we too can raise the ceiling of what is possible within our country whether it’s an easy day trip to a city 300 miles away facilitating jobs in the new economy or bringing family together the passenger train has an important place in a nation’s of modern infrastructure Japan has proved that for itself and the rest of the world it’s amazing that more than 10 billion passengers including myself and my friends have journeyed on this amazing work of human wonder and engineering with no fatalities making it probably the safest place to be in the world on top of unheard-of punctuality spectacular speed and surplus comfort it’s an experience and adventure that you too can have and hope to get a chance to hop on board whether it’s in Japan Europe or in the near future in America thank you for watching this video on American rail club if you want more real news on transit infrastructure and high speed rail in America and around the world be sure to subscribe and pull that belt share this video with friends interested in trains or planning a trip to Japan it’s no cost and everyone is welcome aboard want to support arc further upgrade your ticket to ride by supporting us on patreon where just $1 will get you access to exclusive videos and behind-the-scenes before the general public thank you for writing them next up the future [Music]

    The Blue Line Special: Light Rail Connects 2 Los Rios Colleges
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    The Blue Line Special: Light Rail Connects 2 Los Rios Colleges

    October 15, 2019


    [ Background Music ]>>Today’s opening is a
    major milestone for RT. We had to overcome many many
    obstacles to see this day. Today’s light rail passengers
    to Cosumnes River College are but the first of an estimated
    future 11,000 weekday riders to this new blue line service.>>Five, four, three,
    two, one [smashing sound]. [ Cheering ]>>This line now
    seamlessly links two of Los Rios Community
    College District’s campuses; City College and this campus. Providing the region with great
    public transit connectivity to higher education.>>For the students who need to access multiple colleges this
    blue line transportation project is going to allow them to do
    that and access it in a way that they’ve never
    been able to before. [ Cheering ] [ Band Music ]>>So it’s a big celebration
    and it’s been in the works now for a number of years. And today though we celebrate
    the additional extension.>>The light rail system
    in town has come together since the late 80s in pieces and
    this is another important piece so we’re moving it from here the
    Meadowview light rail station all the way to Cosumnes River
    College, a four mile extension. [ Bell Ringing ]>>This new terminal site
    here at CRC transit center, which includes the parking
    structure behind us, provides over 2000
    parking spaces. [ Music ]>>And with this expansion
    Sacramento has the opportunity to attract new riders
    and increase the reach of public transportation. It is vital that we build
    a totally integrated full transportation system; a system that will really provide
    seamless connections through downtown, North
    Sacramento, South Sacramento, Folsom and every
    neighborhood in between. [ Bell Ringing ] [ Music ]>>And the fact that we have a
    project now that’s connecting the educational system for
    students in Sacramento, this is huge in terms of
    connecting them to school but also internships, work
    opportunities, the very, you know, rungs of the ladder
    that we seek to support. And so we’re thrilled to be able
    to celebrate this day with you.>>Cosumnes River
    College bound train.>>Connecting our
    colleges together and allowing students a way to
    get to campus without having to drive their car,
    and for a lot of our students transportation
    is a real hurdle. So more options and
    affordable options to get students to
    campus is awesome.>>I think that it’s a real
    testament to both Los Rios and RT to actually crate a
    truly transit oriented campus down at Cosumnes by
    connecting the two colleges now. It’s going to be a win win for the entire South
    Sacramento area. But it’ll be a real service to
    the students, the residents, and the community at large.>>So if I go to Sac
    City, but now thanks to this I can easily get between
    here and Sac City College. And also I can go from here
    to work so I don’t have to make a choice
    between like going to work and going to school.>>They pay for the
    price to ride in the registration fees each
    semester, so after they’ve done that essentially it’s free to ride the system
    all semester long. They don’t have to pay for
    parking, they don’t have to pay for gas, and they have direct
    access between two campuses on one line on one train.>>Well the fact that
    the [inaudible] is here and it’s easier for me to
    get from where I live at here to come to class to get
    to school it’s awesome. So now I’m taking classes
    not only here but at Sac City as well, so it’s
    definitely exciting.>>We are now providing
    a clear way for students to make the best
    of their education because we’ve got a transit
    network that will support that [Background Music].>>It’s about creating
    an environment where people will
    choose to live, go to school, and
    open a business. Our commitment to this
    neighborhood does not end with today’s grand opening. It is truly just the beginning.>>The train’s rolling and
    we’re open for service. Thank you. [ Cheering ] [ Music ]