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    Update Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? Californias transportation future is going

    November 14, 2019


    Update Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? Californias transportation future is going On Monday, my wife and daughter and I traveled home from Oakland by plane, and on landing in Burbank, my wife immediately did the math. Door to door, our trip would have taken only 90 minutes longer if we had driven, and it would have been much cheaper. Should we have traveled by sedan instead of by Southwest Airlines? If the high speed rail line were up and running, and both the time and price were somewhere between flying and driving, that might have been a preferable option. But the train is stuck in limbo, and its not clear from his conflicting statements whetherGavinjust blew the whistle or leaped off the caboose. I want to slap myself for saying this, but you can hardly blame President Trump for that hes trying to stiff us on a dollar 929 million federal grant for the project. Ill revisit the bullet train in a moment, but given the likelihood that were never going to get it together on rail, state Sen. John Moorlach of Orange County has pitched a bill to Freeways through the Central Valley on which you could drive like hell, with no speed limits. Buckle up, hit the gas and go. Burbank is a blur, Fresno a flash. Youre moving so fast, you cant even smell the cow manure at Harris Ranch. If Moorlachs idea sounds crazy to you, theres a reason for that. By my calculations, half the people behind the wheel dont know what theyre doing at any speed. Do we want lawmakers telling them to pretend theyre NASCAR drivers? Back when Montana law allowed you to drive as fast as you considered reasonable and prudent, I rented a car in Great Falls and drove at the speed of sound approximately to Helena, where the Legislature was already considering a return to numerical speed limits. When I hit 112 miles an hour in a Toyota Camry, my teeth rattled, the doors felt like they might blow off and the ghosts of my ancestors danced before me. Even free spirited, get off our backs Montanans realized this was insane, and imposed a 75 mph speed limit in 1999. But Californians are a delusional denomination, and we cant let go of the dream that getting from here to there is going to be easier one day, even though all our choices guarantee the exact opposite. We keep growing, we move ever greater distances from our jobs, and 3 in 4 of us drive alone in our cars. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying congestion pricing, and my vote is yes, right now, lets go. You take the most congested places in the region and charge people to drive in those areas when traffic is worst, which means that some drivers wont bother. So theres less traffic and less pollution. Yeah, there are downsides. You dont want a system that punishes the poor and gives rich people yet another break. But its worked elsewhere and it can work here, if planners could design a system that gives a break to low income people who have to drive for their jobs. Then you take the congestion fees to build more and better transit. The same MTA is considering transit options for the Sepulveda Pass, including tunneling through the mountain or stringing a monorail up and over the hill. Thats how desperate we are to relieve congestion we cant stop looking to Disneyland for answers. OK, fine, but why are we always focused on the wrong ride? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the model we should be looking to. Make transit easy, fun and economical and people might ditch their cars. If the open air Big Thunder train barreled over and through the pass, with passengers screaming and their hair flying as they blew by the Getty, Id move to Sherman Oaks just to ride it every day. But seriously, were never going to get anywhere, so to speak, without some smart local decisions and more clarity from Sacramento. I appreciated Jerry Browns push for the bullet train as a centerpiece of his green agenda, but Uncle Jerry did a lousy job of selling the train, and his vision ended up being more of a hallucination. Way too many delays, massive cost overuns, millions in lawsuits and no funding in sight going forward. On Tuesday, the chairman of the high speed rail board resigned. As a candidate, Gavin Newsom was so wishy washy you couldnt tell where he stood. And when he finally spoke last week, he only created more confusion. One day it sounded like the train was dead; the next day Newsom said the media blew the story. What did we do wrong? But lets be real, Newsom had said in a speech. The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. Theres been too little oversight and not enough transparency. Right now, there simply isnt a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were. However, we do have the capacity to complete a high speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. Does that look unclear to you? It doesnt to me. I figured it meant the train was off the rails. Others saw it the same way, and the backlash was immediate. Newsoms people then scrambled to straighten things out, and the governor himself attempted to clarify, saying he hasnt given up on the bigger project. If thats true, Id like to make one recommendation to the governor. Go to Disneyland, take a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and imagine traveling from San Diego to San Francisco on that.

    Canada to Japan – The Journey | Canada to Tokyo | Tokyo to Iwaki | Japan
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    Canada to Japan – The Journey | Canada to Tokyo | Tokyo to Iwaki | Japan

    November 7, 2019


    Holy crap, I’m going to Japan! Good morning some of my favorite people! So today, I’m heading to a bus stop, which is extremely weird for me to do in my own City, but
    today I have very good reason to do that! So we’re going to Japan! It was very unplanned. So originally we were just going to be going to Quebec,
    which is only a couple provinces away, maybe a 10-12 hour drive from where I
    live here in Halifax, but then Akane had to go back to Japan,
    and I said “you know, this is probably the perfect time to go”. So earlier this week,
    actually technically it was last week, we bought the flights on like a
    Wednesday, here it is Monday, and we are heading to the airport! So what we’re going be doing, is we’re going to be taking the city bus to the airport. So
    something that would take you 20 minutes or half an hour to drive, is going to
    take us a leisurely hour-and-a-half this morning, so we’re going be catching the
    #3 from here near the Mumford Terminal, and then we’re going to be going to the Bridge Terminal, where we catch I believe it’s the #320 all the way
    out to the airport! So chances are we’ll see you there, not so much along the way.
    It’s going to be a pretty long and boring ride. Good morning Akane! Good morning. How do you feel
    about this morning? Cold! Yeah? What’s the temperature? Umm? 10C? Yeah. Oh it was 9 degrees in the morning. That’s pretty crazy, isn’t it? Yeah. And what’s the temperature of where we’re going to be going? Ah rainy! Right now just 23 degrees. Well, that’s alright. But today…look! It’s going to be 29! Nice! Flight 1 of 2. Halifax, Canada to Toronto, Canada. Flight Duration: 2 Hours. Alright, so we have made it to Toronto
    after two hours of flight. It was a really good flight, looks like a brand new plane!
    Everything was super clean, super perfect, and it was absolutely fantastic! So I’m
    hoping our second flight is just like that although it’s gonna be like six times longer! Uh oh! That’s a big difference! But anyway, first section of the journey,
    really good so far! Welcome to Tokyo, Japan! Alright! Good day! For us, it’s next day
    technically, after a 13 hour plane ride we have finally made it to Tokyo! We cleared customs, which we thought was going to be quite a little hassle, Because as you can see, by my passport, my picture is horrible! If you guys remember back in the Kentucky videos, where that massive
    rainstorm happened… About to find out the status of our tent. Well, the tent is standing. The…fly… The fly is…oh no. So just on the other side of that fly is my open… The word I’m looking for is “suitcase” My open clothes, luggage. It might be wet! Okay, so our entrance has collapsed, But… Let’s see what it’s like on the inside. I don’t… No, you’re clothes are so wet. Oh yeah, there’s a puddle in my chair. So there’s a nice puddle of water. Oh your speaker! Oh no! Hopefully that’s… Is that waterproof? Nope, I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out. Yeah, oh yeah, that’s pretty wet. Well my passport was in my luggage, and that’s what it looks like now. When we came back from that trip,
    and went to Canada, we asked about it. They said it was fine since it still scanned. However, So we flew from Halifax to Toronto and Toronto here, When we were boarding in Toronto coming internationally, they stopped me
    at the gate it’s probably…there’s a good chance it’s not going to work. Anyway, we get here, and the looks at it,
    and he’s like “whatever” and puts me right on through, so far things for the trip have gone really smoothly. I slept really well, probably, I don’t know, 5 or 6 hours of the 13
    hour trip. as oh hey length is good to be Anyway, it’s good to be here on Japanese soil, and I’m looking to see with this country has to offer! Catching the train to Iwaki. A great system where the color of the light above your seat lets you know if it’s available or pre-booked. Hey guys, we’re pretty much ready for bed. I want to thank you all so much for watching. If you like the video, hit the thumbs up for me, And if you’re new to the channel I want to say welcome, I hope you subscribe. We’re going to be doing some amazing things while here in Japan. So everyone, I hope you have a great day, and I hope to see you on the next adventure tomorrow! A special thank you to the following sponsors. Filmed August 2018

    Japan Trip 2017| Kiyomizu Temple, Ninenzaka, Kyoto- Yodobashi, Bullet Train
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    Japan Trip 2017| Kiyomizu Temple, Ninenzaka, Kyoto- Yodobashi, Bullet Train

    November 5, 2019


    Thank you! This is a really nice view. What’s in the water? Is it ganna come back up? Come on fishie! The rocks have little handkerchiefs and hat! So Cute. Cherry Blossom ice cream for 300 yen. I can’t wait to try. It looks really good. It is very good Lots of fake food is very popular here. I almost bought one. here’s more. Yea like this is art. Like I look at this and I’m like “this is really cool.” THere’s beer. Fake beer. Oh! There’s fake uh, What’s it called? Fake what? Teas? Yea. Like, bubble teas. I can feel, the richness of those, those shrimp. I’m like, yo man, those shrimp. I feel it. It has a face! Okay, getting a little bit warmer for Japanesey. I expected, I expected the A/c to be super high because all the youtubers I see say A/C is always high! But I guess because it’s not summer yet? Yea I think so. It’s just spring. Or maybe Japanese people are just sensitive. I don’t know. Yea maybe. I don’t know. We are used to the harsh Canadian cold weather. Dude, yea. Going down again. Going to, fourth floor? Yea this is the fourth floor. Oh and they have washing machines and stuff. and Refrigerators, let’s just go down. This is the second floor. L Look at the pink ,so cute. This is, Kyoto station? or something? It’s really big. Ah! Yes, there’s the title So we’re at Kyoto Station and we’re going to take the bullet train and it’ll be an hour trip. We’re going to get on train 14. Looking for it, down there. They have those gates. safety When does it end? There it goes. We got snacks, for the train. So cute. We’re going to go on the next train. It plays music while it closes, that’s so cute! Trains down there, I guess those are the regular ones. Yeah. It’s coming very slowly. Yeah Here we get on. Now play music for us. Ohhhh shit! Okay this is going to be hectic. Maybe? No. Flamingo music? You called it flamingo music?! Here is it this way? I don’t know where. Which, what? Twenty what? 20 is right here! We’re here. Mountains are back there. So we’re transferring to go to the local train. You know the stop we’re at right now? The one after Nagoya, which one is that? Hamamatsu. Hamamatsu? Yes, so that’s where we are and we’re going to transfer to local train. It’s Sunday thankfully hopefully not too busy It’s the white gloves. It’s the white pushing gloves. So getting on the local train. We’re going to go to Maisaka Station. Now we wait. Maisaka? Maisaka. Is that how-? Okay, that’s how you pronounce it. Maisaka. Got it. You want to sit? Let’s just stay by her. Over here? So we got off. Now, now we are going to… somewhere. Do you know where we are going? I don’t know. Maybe we’re going to the hotel. Going on a magical journey to the hotel. O I think this is the bus, it’s here. Ah, oh! The bus. This bus is the hotel bus. SO then we get our bus tomorrow. Yea, our tour bus comes tomorrow. Yea that’s where our luggage is. Yeah. On the bus. Going to leave. I guess this is our hotel And there is a onsen Which we will be going to tonight. Very open here. Oh a wedding chapel! That’s cute. It’s very fancy. Into our room. Towels and Yukatas? Oh, kind of wish they were- they have a blue or pink. Oh your taking pictures of the room? I’m filming. Oh. Okay. Closet. We have Febreze. Do they have a vent in the washroom If not we could use the Febreze. But can you take it out though? Oh, I don’t know. So this is Western-style. I think? No, it’s not. This is a fully waterproof Okay. A fridge. Tiny fridge. Standard. Tea. How is the- Oh! One bed is just horizontal. That there’s a heart. So cute. I said so cute! This is the nice view. Sneaking photos with me all all day. This is a really great view oh yeah. I was really nice. Mmm. That’s our room this one’s very spacious.

    Ryan plays Thomas and Friends Toy Trains for Kids
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    Ryan plays Thomas and Friends Toy Trains for Kids

    October 24, 2019


    Wow look at that wow oh man, looked how it slipped over, oh no wow Hey Ryan, Hey mommy, what are you going to do today I’m playing with Thomas and Friends on the Island Welcome to Ryan ToysReview wow Ryan, that’s a big train set you have going on Go James go James going up the steep hill Ryan train is coming Go Ryan, Steam Thomas is coming oh it got stuck, it broke, ohhhh Accident will happen, Accident will happen, Accident will happen. Hahahaha Gordon, and Thomas, and Percy oh look at those trains over there where? oh maybe three at a time doesn’t work oh no, Ah, he made it wow going through the tunnel yes, wow wow you’re going to turn them all on. Wow wow James is pretty slow James is slow, Yeah There’s all going Ryan I see them wow you got it Thomas, you got this? oh you got this did you see Ryan? Yea I did see oh man, he just got stuck Go Thomas, be careful of the water Be careful Ryan oh no he got a crack in the track oh Thomas go Ferdinand oh he’s fast. Which one? This one? oh yea that’s super fast he fell in there ahhh Look at the steam Thomas, oh no, oh no look at the cargo oh man, what’s gonna happen, what’s gonna happen I’m going to turn them all at the same time, let see what happens oh no so many oh many Ryan yea that’s a lot oh no look, Percy is getting behind Gordon up oh no, oh man so many too many things going on what’s going to happen there. Oh no oh look at Percy’s cargo Ferdinand look Bye don’t forget to subscribe, see you later bye. If you like this video please subscribe

    Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? Californias transportation future is going to be a
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    Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? Californias transportation future is going to be a

    October 21, 2019


    Bullet trains? Monorails? An end to speed limits? Californias transportation future is going to be a On Monday, my wife and daughter and I traveled home from Oakland by plane, and on landing in Burbank, my wife immediately did the math. Door to door, our trip would have taken only 90 minutes longer if we had driven, and it would have been much cheaper. Should we have traveled by sedan instead of by Southwest Airlines? If the high speed rail line were up and running, and both the time and price were somewhere between flying and driving, that might have been a preferable option. But the train is stuck in limbo, and its not clear from his conflicting statements whetherGavinjust blew the whistle or leaped off the caboose. I want to slap myself for saying this, but you can hardly blame President Trump for that hes trying to stiff us on a dollar 929 million federal grant for the project. Ill revisit the bullet train in a moment, but given the likelihood that were never going to get it together on rail, state Sen. John Moorlach of Orange County has pitched a bill to Freeways through the Central Valley on which you could drive like hell, with no speed limits. Buckle up, hit the gas and go. Burbank is a blur, Fresno a flash. Youre moving so fast, you cant even smell the cow manure at Harris Ranch. If Moorlachs idea sounds crazy to you, theres a reason for that. By my calculations, half the people behind the wheel dont know what theyre doing at any speed. Do we want lawmakers telling them to pretend theyre NASCAR drivers? Back when Montana law allowed you to drive as fast as you considered reasonable and prudent, I rented a car in Great Falls and drove at the speed of sound approximately to Helena, where the Legislature was already considering a return to numerical speed limits. When I hit 112 miles an hour in a Toyota Camry, my teeth rattled, the doors felt like they might blow off and the ghosts of my ancestors danced before me. Even free spirited, get off our backs Montanans realized this was insane, and imposed a 75 mph speed limit in 1999. But Californians are a delusional denomination, and we cant let go of the dream that getting from here to there is going to be easier one day, even though all our choices guarantee the exact opposite. We keep growing, we move ever greater distances from our jobs, and 3 in 4 of us drive alone in our cars. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying congestion pricing, and my vote is yes, right now, lets go. You take the most congested places in the region and charge people to drive in those areas when traffic is worst, which means that some drivers wont bother. So theres less traffic and less pollution. Yeah, there are downsides. You dont want a system that punishes the poor and gives rich people yet another break. But its worked elsewhere and it can work here, if planners could design a system that gives a break to low income people who have to drive for their jobs. Then you take the congestion fees to build more and better transit. The same MTA is considering transit options for the Sepulveda Pass, including tunneling through the mountain or stringing a monorail up and over the hill. Thats how desperate we are to relieve congestion we cant stop looking to Disneyland for answers. OK, fine, but why are we always focused on the wrong ride? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the model we should be looking to. Make transit easy, fun and economical and people might ditch their cars. If the open air Big Thunder train barreled over and through the pass, with passengers screaming and their hair flying as they blew by the Getty, Id move to Sherman Oaks just to ride it every day. But seriously, were never going to get anywhere, so to speak, without some smart local decisions and more clarity from Sacramento. I appreciated Jerry Browns push for the bullet train as a centerpiece of his green agenda, but Uncle Jerry did a lousy job of selling the train, and his vision ended up being more of a hallucination. Way too many delays, massive cost overuns, millions in lawsuits and no funding in sight going forward. On Tuesday, the chairman of the high speed rail board resigned. As a candidate, Gavin Newsom was so wishy washy you couldnt tell where he stood. And when he finally spoke last week, he only created more confusion. One day it sounded like the train was dead; the next day Newsom said the media blew the story. What did we do wrong? But lets be real, Newsom had said in a speech. The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. Theres been too little oversight and not enough transparency. Right now, there simply isnt a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were. However, we do have the capacity to complete a high speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. Does that look unclear to you? It doesnt to me. I figured it meant the train was off the rails. Others saw it the same way, and the backlash was immediate. Newsoms people then scrambled to straighten things out, and the governor himself attempted to clarify, saying he hasnt given up on the bigger project. If thats true, Id like to make one recommendation to the governor. Go to Disneyland, take a ride on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and imagine traveling from San Diego to San Francisco on that.

    The future of light rail
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    The future of light rail

    October 20, 2019


    A HOT QUESTION IN AUSTIN THESE DAYS….WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE 33 UNA PREGUNTA CALIENTE EN INCREASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION. AUSTIN ESTOS DíAS SOME CITY LEADERS ARE PUSHING QUE HACER SOBRE LA CONGESTIóN A LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.COUNCILMAN MIKE MMARTINEZ MET WITH DE TRáFICO CRECIENTE. ALGUNOS LíDERES DE CIUDAD SEVERAL TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS AT TODAYS TEXAS TRIBUNE EMPUJAN UN SISTEMA FERROVIARIO FESTIVAL. KXAN’S OMAR LEWIS LIGERO. HAS MORE FOR US FROM DOWNTOWN. EL CONCEJAL MIKE MARTINEZ SE ENCONTRó CON VARIOS EXPERTOS 3 DE TRANSPORTE EN EL FESTIVAL DE TRIBUNA DE TEXAS , MAYOR LEE LEFFINGWELL TURNED DOWN PUTTING URBAN RAIL ON THE NOVEMBER BOND ELECTION BALLOT BUT OFFICIALS SAY LIGHT RAIL IS STILL AN OPTION FOR AUSTIN’S FUTURE. 3 3 33 EL ALCALDE LEE LEFFINGWELL GIRó DOWN PONIENDO EL CARRIL URBANO SOBRE LA VOTACIóN DE ELECCIóN DE OBLIGACIóN DE NOVIEMBRE. PERO LOS FUNCIONARIOS DICEN QUE “THE ROUTE IS SO LIMITED” FOR EL CARRIL LIGERO TODAVíA ES FOLKS IN AUSTIN IT DOESNT TAKE LONG TO REALIZE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AN EXPANSION. UNA OPCIóN PARA EL FUTURO DE AUSTIN . 333 “LA RUTA ES TAN LIMITADA” PARA LA GENTE EN AUSTIN QUE NO TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AN TOMA MUCHO TIEMPO PARA ENTENDER LAS NECESIDADES DE “I MEAN IF THERE WERE MORE TRANSPORTE PúBLICAS UNA EXTENSIóN. OPTIONS AVAILABLE LIKE WE 3 SI HUBIERA MáS OPCIONES DISPONIBLES COMO NOSOTROS ARE GOING TO ACL AND I WOULD LOVE TO USE IT BUT ITS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.” AND WITH THOUSANDS MOVING TO TOWN AUSTIN’S ROADS ARE ONLY 3 VAN ACL Y YO QUERRíA USARLO. PERO SU CERRADO LOS DOMINGOS. EXPECTED TO GET MORE CROWDED. THAT HAS DRIVERS LOOKING FOR AL” ALTERNATIVES.””YOU CANT GET AROUND YOU NEEVER KNOW HOW LONG ITS GOING TO TAKE BUT YOU KNOW WITH THIS YOU CAN GET ON GET OFF AND GET WHEREVER YOU NEED TO BE.” CITY LEADERS PERO UD. SABE CON ESTO USTED PUEDE AVANZAR SE BAJAN Y SE ALONG WITH TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS MET SATURDAY TO DISCUSS THE GROWING NEED FOR NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. PONEN DONDEQUIERA QUE USTED TENGA QUE SER. “ONE OF THE COMPONENTS TO SUCCESS IS BRINGING AND EXPANDED RAIL SERVICE THAT WILL CIRCULATE DOWNTOWN.”THE CITY IS LOOKING AT MODELS FROM 3 1 DE LOS COMPONENTES AL éXITO TRAE Y SERVICIO FERROVIARIO DALLAS AND HOUSTON TO FIND IF A SIMILAR SYSTEM WOULD WORK HERE IN AUSTIN. AUSTIN.”I THINK ITS A GREAT IDEA BECAUSE OF ALL THE TRAFFIC AND EVERYTHING GOING ON IN AUSTIN NOW.”ALTHOUGH THE AMPLIADO QUE PONDRá EN CIRCULACIóN EL DOWN TOWN. LA CIUDAD MIRA MODELOS DE DALLAS Y HOUSTON PARA ENCONTRAR SI UN SISTEMA SIMILAR TRABAJARíA AQUí EN AUSTIN. PIENSO SU UNA GRAN IDEA DEBIDO RAIL EXPANSION WONT BE ON THIS NOVEMBERS BOND ELECTION BALLOT ITS AN OPTION CITY OFFICIALS SAY WILL COME UP AGAIN. “YOU ARE GOING TO CITIZENS AND ASK TO HELP YOU PAY FOR IT. AND THEYRE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE CONSTRUCTION, DELAYS AND TRAFFIC JAMS AND SNARLS AND ITS IMPORTANT EVERYONE UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING TO BE BUILT HOW ITS GOING TO SERVE A TODO EL TRáFICO Y TODO CONTINUANDO EN AUSTIN AHORA. THEM AND HOW ITS GOING TO AUNQUE LA EXTENSIóN FERROVIARIA NO DEBE ESTAR EN ESTA ELECCIóN DE OBLIGACIóN DE NOVIEMBRES SOMETEN A VOTACIóN SU UNOS FUNCIONARIOS DE CIUDAD DE OPCIóN DICEN LLEGARá OTRA VEZ. 3 UD. VA A CIUDADANOS Y PIDE

    Freight Train – Animated Children’s Book
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    Freight Train – Animated Children’s Book

    October 15, 2019


    Freight Train, by Donald Crews
    A train runs across this track Red caboose at the back
    Orange tank car next Yellow hopper car
    Green cattle car Blue gondola car
    Purple box car A black tender
    And a black steam engine Freight train Moving
    Going through tunnels Going by cities
    Crossing trestles Moving in darkness
    Moving in daylight Going, going… Gone.

    Los Angeles Metro Behind the Scenes Tour: Traveling with Kids
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    Los Angeles Metro Behind the Scenes Tour: Traveling with Kids

    October 15, 2019


    [Stephen] Take your left hand, and press the close button. [Stephen] See. Now look to your left. [Stephen] Look to your left. [Stephen] Crank your head out and look to your left. [Stephen] Do you see any of the lights? Did they all turn off? [Stephen] That means all the doors are closed. I think, I think the train’s gonna move. [Stephen] No. Hehehe. Today we’re going behind the scenes at the Metro. We’re catching the Green Line to the Willowbrook Station. All aboard! I met Mr. Stephen who was waiting for us. He’s going to be our tour guide for the day. Our first stop is the Metro control center. I was greeted by a Metro police officer. We’re going in the building. I’m tapping Mr. Stephen’s tap card to go in. Oh look! There’s a picture of the Gold Line train! Mr. Stephen is telling me the history of Metro. [Stephen] In 1990, the Blue Line was the very first line to open. It’s today, it’s now, the second busiest light rail line in the entire country. Then we went to the rails operations room. We are at the Metro Control Center. This section is where the CCTV observers monitor the cameras in the stations. And this section is where the rail controllers keep the trains on time. Now I’m going to put on my Metro vest. We’re going to take the Blue Line to Downtown LA. Here comes the train. Then Mr. Stephen gave me a big surprise. Now I’m riding in front of the train. And the way we go. There are so many buttons for the engineer to press. We’re on the fast track to downtown. We have arrived at 7th Street/Metro Station. Mr. Stephen is showing me where the Regional Connector will be. Now we’re going on the Purple Line. We have arrived at Union Station. This man is driving us to the Red Line Train Yard. This is where they keep the trains. Now we’re going to the control tower. There’s a great view from up here. This man at the Train Yard Controls dispatches trains. And our tour continues. We’re at the Metro Red Line Yard. This is where they keep all the trains when they are not in service. This is where the trains get washed. This is what connects the trains together. Oh look! An Amtrak train is passing by. Now we’re going inside one of the trains. We’re at the cab of the Red Line. I’m going to press the whistle. (honk honk) I am turning the dead man’s switch. This train is going to service. It’s heading to North Hollywood. Now we’re at the shop. This is called The Pit, where they can work underneath the trains. This man is going to give us a tour of the shop. These are the wheels and the axis. And when you put them together, it’s called the truck. This machine makes the wheels round. The man presses a button, and it raised the train. And lastly I’m riding in the cab of the Red Line. Wheeee! Thank you Mr. Stephen for giving us a tour. I had so much fun going behind the scenes at the Metro. Please hit the subscribe button so you won’t miss a video. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

    METRO TEAMS UP WITH OPERATION LIFESAVER 720p
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    METRO TEAMS UP WITH OPERATION LIFESAVER 720p

    October 11, 2019


    METRO employees are now, have become authorized volunteers. Operation Lifesaver started back in 1972. We’re going to go the community. We’re going to visit schools. We’re going to visit shelters, as well as
    special events. We’re going to basically educate the public
    about rail safety.