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    Metro Red Line Walking Tour DTLA to Hollywood
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    Metro Red Line Walking Tour DTLA to Hollywood

    January 21, 2020

    Hello, today I’m going to take you on a
    tour around LA by using the Metro red line. First catching the subway line at
    the Union Station located on Alameda Street. Fare for the subway is $7.00 for
    an all-day pass using the LA Metro Tap card. Following the signs in the Union Station to locate the red line. Getting off at Perishing Square Station
    and walking towards the Grand Central Market. Grand Central Market is located on
    Broadway between 3rd and 4th Street in LA. Grand Central Market is open from 8 a.m.
    to 10 p.m. 7 days a week. Next Desination is Angeles Plaza.
    Angeles Plaza is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of housing
    and services for older adults, with disabilities and low-income
    families. The Senior Center offers health services meals recreation and lifelong
    learning. From this location you can walk downtown
    to Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center the Broad Museum. It’s all within walking
    distance. The Chinese Theater is a movie palace on
    the Hollywood Walk of Fame and hosts movie premieres and award shows The red line takes you to Downtown LA,
    MacArthur Park, Willshire, Sunset, Hollywood and Vine. It even goes all the
    way to Universal City Walk. So at any stop you can go on an adventure.

    Antioch Extension Train Unveiling
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    Antioch Extension Train Unveiling

    January 15, 2020

    well I think the roomie their new their
    modern they have a good feel about them [horn sounds] [clapping] These are diesel electrical vehicles running on standard gauge track it’s beautiful people were worried that
    they weren’t getting classic BART and when they look at this they’re going to
    say they get the a plus car well you put the button to go in and out they close automatically and they have infrared sensors and pressure sensors so that they can’t close on you It’s a beautiful car. The seats– very nice airconditioning just feels comfortable inside there I think people will love it. Right inside you
    have this open space where there’s room for four to six wheel chairs. But if
    it’s not being used for wheelchairs then you can put bikes there also. [music] There’s two v-eight diesel engines on the
    vehicle. These diesel engines run electric motors which actually propel the train the
    motor cars in the middle and then there’s a coach car with a cab for a driver on either end. [music] They fulfill the most stringent EPA emissions requirements for diesel engines. I think people will find this an opportunity to get out of their vehicles you’ll spend less time on on the road
    less time in congestion. Finally they’re going to have an alternative they keep saying we’ve paid for BART all
    these years and now they’re actually going to get BART. One, two, three… Getting here today with the vehicles
    ready to run is like next biggest thing. [music fades]

    Communications Based Train Control
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    Communications Based Train Control

    January 9, 2020

    [music] [Announcer]
    Millions of people have relied
    on BART for the better part of five
    decades to get around the Bay. When the system first began
    service, it featured space-age technology. [Fred Edwards]
    BART is limited because we
    were designed in the 50s we were built in the 60s and
    opened in the 70s. [Announcer]
    But what was considered
    state-of-the-art in the 70s, is now woefully out of date. [Scott Burke]
    A new iPod can fit more
    information on it than every rack in this room. [music] [Announcer]
    The need is clear. BART must run
    more trains to address overcrowding But that won’t be possible
    unless BART replaces its nearly 50-year-old train control
    system. [Scott Burke]
    Here you can see the train
    control cables— here are some of the original
    ones here. The existing train control
    equipment currently causes about 10 percent of the delays
    systemwide. The new CBTC equipment
    with the new cabling that’s going to be installed is
    going to be much more reliable. [Announcer]
    In fixed-block signaling, the
    railway is divided into blocks. When a train is detected in any
    part of a block, that area is
    considered occupied. The train control system
    keeps the next train behind the occupied block
    at a safe distance by prohibiting movement into
    the occupied area as well as a buffer block. The current system is very safe
    but it’s old. The fixed-block system requires
    a lot of equipment to operate. Signals, cables, wiring, and
    more are needed for the system to properly function. Much of that equipment is at the
    end of its design life. [Fred Edwords]
    One of the first things we’re
    doing is we remove most, if not all of the train control
    components from within the trackway. So we don’t have to put our
    workers in the track to fix the system. [Announcer]
    The new system will be able to
    track every vehicle’s location, direction of travel and speed. The trains will send precise,
    real-time travel data directly to a central computer system
    that safely coordinates the movements of all trains. [Fred Edwards]
    Communication based train
    control will allow us to put 30 trains an hour into a space
    that we now put 24 trains an hour. [Announcer]
    It would reduce headways—
    the minimum amount of time needed between trains to
    only 2 minutes. Running trains closer together
    is essential to boosting
    capacity. [Fred Edwards]
    The same space where we’re
    looking at 3-thousand or 4-thousand feet of separation,
    we’re going to be down to hundreds of feet of separation
    in a much, much safer system. [Announcer]
    Installing Communications-Based
    Train Control will allow BART to get the most out of its new
    fleet. It means more trains, more
    trips, and reduced crowding on platforms and in vehicles. [Fred Edwards]
    Once we’re done, you will see
    a world class service that the Bay Area deserves.

    Riding the Metro in Budapest, Hungary : Deli Train Station on Budapest Metro
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    Riding the Metro in Budapest, Hungary : Deli Train Station on Budapest Metro

    January 9, 2020

    I’m Dante Mena, the author of the Adventure
    Hungary travel guide, and here on behalf of Expert Village. And we will learn a little
    bit more about how to get around in the city using the public transportation system. Here
    we are at the top of the Deli Palyaudvar, and like I said, coming out of this entrance
    if we continue where we are coming from, we will come out to the plaza level of the shopping
    area of the train station. And then above that we can go ahead and get our tickets and
    continue on to other destinations in Hungary. As we have come up to the top of the Deli
    Palyaudvar with all of its shops, we know that we can take a look at the signs, in blue,
    that point, first of all to the train station, but also to where we can find restrooms, and
    also, if you will notice, it says “penztarak,” and that means where we can get our tickets.
    You will also see that good old eye, which stands for information, and we can see that
    we have to go up the stairs to get our train tickets and also to board on the trains. And
    as you can see, each of the lines over here is for a different train, both coming and
    going. And you will see, on the sign that comes up from the Deli, that at the top there
    are different line numbers. These different line numbers correspond to the tracks, and
    if you will look at the tracks you can see that there are actually line numbers shown
    – seven, eight, six, five, four, three, two, one. And so knowing your line number, which
    is usually shown on your ticket, and you can always ask also at the ticket counter, you
    can know which train it is that is boarding, on which line, and you will notice that on
    those signs, we’re a little bit distant from it, but you will notice that on those signs
    you will also see the time of arrival or departure and the end destination of the train. So you
    can always make sure that you’re boarding on the right line.

    Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US
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    Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US

    January 7, 2020

    This video was made possible by Skillshare. Learn anything, including how I make these
    videos, for free for two months by going to This is Indiana, and this is Scotland. Both have a similar number of inhabitants,
    a similar size, and a similar population density. But here’s Indiana’s public transportation
    system, and here’s Scotland’s. You want to get to Cupar, a town of 9,000
    30 miles from the capital? That’ll take you 55 minutes on a train that
    leaves every 30 minutes or an hour and 40 minutes on a bus that leaves every 40. You want to get to Anderson, a town of 50,000
    30 miles from Indiana’s capital? Well, you’re out of luck. The only option is the car. Antiquated technology, safety concerns, crumbling
    infrastructure, and nonexistence—it’s not hard to argue that the US public transportation
    network is just not good. Vast swaths of the US have no option but to
    drive because the alternative just is not there. This has consequences on the environment,
    on economic mobility, on where people live, the consequences of America’s lack of solid
    public transportation almost defines American culture. But it wasn’t always like this. The United States once had the best public
    transportation system in the world. It was a the admiration of countries worldwide
    and an essential factor allowing for the successful western expansion of the country. It all started with this—the horsecar. Now, there were urban transportation systems
    before these horse drawn trams came along, but they weren’t cheap and they weren’t
    fast. Roads generally weren’t paved and there
    just wasn’t the economic demand for high frequency service because these carriages
    were rarely faster than walking. But on rails, these horsecars were fast and
    one horse could pull a full load of passengers thanks to the rails. In its heyday, there were over 6,000 miles
    of horsecar lines in the US. In comparison, the combined mileage of every
    tram, subway, light rail, and commuter rail system in the US nowadays is 5,416. In 1880, 50 million people lived in the US. Today, over 320 million. Around the turn of the century, many of those
    horsecar systems were electrified. There were then 11,000 miles of streetcar
    track nationwide. The systems were absolutely everywhere. Even tiny towns like Bangor, Maine and Berlin,
    New Hampshire had streetcars. So what happened? How did the US go from having 11,000 miles
    of streetcar to 200? How did the US go from having solid public
    transportation in towns big and small across the country to how it is today? The decline of the streetcar began just after
    the turn of the century. That was when the automobile came around. By 1920, the car was starting to get to an
    attainable price-point for the everyday individual. That was the real threat for the streetcar—not
    cars, but economical cars. The streetcar received another blow in 1929—the
    great depression. There were fewer people with jobs which meant
    fewer people who needed to commute and fewer people who had the money to pay for transport
    so many lines were just not profitable anymore and closed. But then the streetcar received a stay of
    execution—World War Two. You see, during World War Two, the US had
    the lowest unemployment rate in history—as low as 1.2%. There were tons of factory jobs to support
    the war so practically everyone who wanted a job had a job. That meant there were tons more people now
    going to and from work, and, even better for the streetcar, there were rations going on
    on rubber and gas which diminished the popularity of the car. But something else was going on through all
    of that. Something more sinister. Sometime in the 1920s, automobile technology
    became advanced enough that the bus became cheaper to operate than the streetcar. Streetcars cost very little to power, but
    they do require a lot of infrastructure from overhead lines to track. Buses were more flexible and required almost
    no infrastructure. And the bus had some powerful friends, the
    automobile companies, or more specifically, General Motors. General Motors went and bought dozens of small
    streetcar companies across the nation and turned them into bus companies. They removed hundreds of miles of track across
    the US and supported other companies doing the same, but its not like they didn’t have
    a good reason to do this. These streetcars were not economically advantageous. Buses were faster, cheaper, and at the time,
    they were the modern and fresh transportation method that the public wanted. Nearly every streetcar system nationwide was
    replaced with a bus system. In addition, the streetcar companies were
    almost all commercial so if and when they failed, many local governments set up public,
    subsidized bus companies. So that’s how transportation got bad, but
    why did it stay bad? Well, mostly because of the car. America is the country of the car. It grew up as the car grew up and so its cities
    were built for cars. Think Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles—you can’t
    survive in these cities without a car. Remember, the United States is centered around
    the idea of personal freedom. With a car, you can go anywhere at anytime,
    so politically, cars have historically been associated with the idea of personal freedom. Just like the Republican party votes to have
    strong national defense, allow gun ownership, and preserve small government in order to
    promote personal freedom, they have always worked to promote the usage and ownership
    of cars. This means they often voted in favor of subsidies
    helping the auto industry, most often in the form of indirect subsidies lowering the cost
    of gas. Now, that was fine when cities were small,
    highways were new, gas was cheap, and climate change wasn’t even a concept, but that’s
    not the case anymore. Cities are just of a size where they literally
    cannot support their entire population driving. You can’t fit more road infrastructure in
    many cites, but you can fit more public transportation. Cars were available to the common American
    much earlier than the common European, so the US set road policies early that allowed
    for large, smooth, well-functioning roads. While the US was building its magnificent
    roads, Europe was building their public transportation systems. The high car usage in the US even has to do
    with zoning. You see, European cities tend to have less
    strict zoning laws which allow for businesses and housing to intermingle. The US zones its cities much more strictly. Houses are next to houses and businesses are
    next to businesses which means that the distances between houses and shops in the US is much
    greater. Therefore, Americans have to go further more
    often. The most demonstrative fact is how the two
    places approach parking. In the US, zoning laws specify a minimum number
    of parking spaces per building. In Europe, the laws specify a maximum number
    of parking spaces. The three cities with the three lowest car-ownership
    rates in the US all have something in common. Boston, New York, and DC, are all old, rather
    compact cities with decent public transportation systems. Since they were cities before the car, they’re
    built much more like the European cities that have such good public transportation systems
    today. Simplified, public transportation gets worse
    as you go further west since western cities are newer. But here’s the most important sentence of
    this entire video: access to transportation is the single most important factor in an
    individual’s ability to escape poverty. That is not a subjective claim, that is a
    fact that emerged from a Harvard study. Someone who lives right by a subway stop is
    astronomically more likely to find a high-paying job than someone who doesn’t have a way
    to get around. Individuals in poverty generally live in poor
    neighborhoods with few job opportunities, but with reliable, accessible, and inexpensive
    public transportation these individuals can get all across their city to where the jobs
    are. So, a good way to evaluate the effectiveness
    of a public transportation system is by how well it serves the poor. DC, for example, does a good job of this. The poorest neighborhoods have the greatest
    proportion of their residents within a 10-minute walk of a metro station while the richest
    neighborhoods have the smallest proportion. Hand-in-hand with their move back into the
    cities, millennials are shunning cars. Car ownership among young people is at historic
    lows and the urban youth is relying more and more on public transport. Some cities like, Portland, Kansas City, Detroit,
    and DC are turning back to streetcars. Done right, streetcars can drive huge increases
    in economic development. They’re more of a symbol of modernization
    that entices residents, developers, and businesses to areas. Portland, for example, has had an estimated
    $5 billion in extra economic development thanks to its streetcar. New streetcar systems are being built all
    across the US in cities like Milwaukee and Oklahoma city since they’re finally making
    money again—not from their fares, but from the jobs brought by their existence. People didn’t want them a century ago, but
    streetcars finally make sense again. Public transportation is instrumentally important
    to the success of cities. You can almost be sure that a good city will
    have good public transportation and a bad city will have bad public transportation. Public transportation increases economic mobility,
    decreases carbon footprints, and increases economic development so the only question
    is, why not build more of it? One of the most common requests I receive
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    Why Your Public Transportation Sucks | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix
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    Why Your Public Transportation Sucks | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

    December 19, 2019

    Hmm. It’s show day. Hmm. I gotta get to work. Never? Wait! Watch the elbows! I’m not gonna make it. “Attention, passengers, we are experiencing delays due
    to signal malfunctions.” “Attention, passengers, we are currently delayed due
    to train traffic ahead of us.” “We are currently delayed.” “We are currently delayed.
    Delayed. Delayed.” “The bus came the minute you left.” Stop! “You’re wife won’t remember you.” That’s not true. “This is happening
    because you masturbated in high school.” No. “That’s right. Run, you little bitch.” I’m almost there! Almost there. Just play the intro. Oh, my God! Thank you so much. I made it. Thank you. How’d you get here so fast? Thank you so much. I’m Hasan Minhaj.
    Welcome to Patriot Act. Thank you. Now, look, tonight, I want to talk
    about public transportation. Look, it’s not just destroying my life. Everyone hates public transportation. Our transit has never been worse. Enough’s enough.
    How much can we take? You think this is acceptable
    to treat human beings this way? “This woman’s look of exasperation
    spoke volumes.” Since BART opened at six, it’s not been
    working, and it’s about to be nine. New Jersey Transit is the absolute worst! I’m not gonna get to my game now
    because they are… incompetent! Incompetent! “Incompetent!” That guy got so mad,
    he went through puberty again. People tweet meaner things
    about their public transit than Medicare, the IRS and United Airlines. Do you know how bad you have to be to get more shit than United? You guys remember that time they used
    an Asian doctor to wipe down the aisle? And we were all like,
    “Have you been on the L train, though? At least this dude is moving.” And that’s not wrong. American public transportation
    is a disaster. If you commute to work by train,
    you may notice this: cracks in America’s
    crumbling infrastructure. Insufficient funding has left
    America’s passenger rail network lagging. More than a half dozen MTA buses
    have caught fire. This bus driver would only talk
    if we concealed their identity. Public transit is sending people
    into Witness Protection. Look, I get the whole anonymous thing, but why do they make him sound like
    a demon? Like, you want to empathize, but I also feel like he’s about
    to sacrifice a virgin. Now, this isn’t some abstract problem. Good public transit can be life-changing.
    This is true. A Harvard study linked shorter commutes
    with getting out of poverty. Commute time mattered more than anything. More than schools or crime
    in your neighborhood. So if you’re a kid
    and you’re watching this, skip school, steal shit, smoke weed,
    but whatever you do… live near the express bus. It makes sense that public transportation
    is so important. Think about it. Like, really, it’s our lifeline to jobs, education, healthcare, food. And despite that, the American Society of Civil Engineers
    recently gave our transportation… a D-, the lowest grade of any U.S. infrastructure. Here’s my thing. D-? Just give it the F. Like, whose dignity are you saving
    at this point? A D- means that you failed,
    but the teacher is afraid of your parents. Last year, because of terrible service
    and lack of funding, ridership fell in nearly every major city
    where people depend on transit, which can lead to a transit death spiral. When fewer people use public transit,
    it makes less money, which means it either has to cut service
    or raise fares or both. So even fewer people use it,
    which means it makes it even less money, which means even worse service
    and higher fares. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s like what happened to MoviePass. Remember MoviePass? You remember? Like….
    They were like, “Ten bucks a month, any movie you want.” Then fewer people used it
    and they were like, “All right, hold up, all right, $15 a month.” Then even fewer people used it.
    They were like, “It’s two grand a week, and you can only see movies where
    Timothée Chalamet smokes cigarettes.” We already see
    this death spiral happening. People all over the country
    are choosing cars over transit. A new study finds
    Americans are spending more time behind the wheel than ever before. U.S. motorists spend 70 billion hours
    behind the wheel a year. That’s up 8% from 2014. 3.2 trillion miles traveled on America’s roadways, which was an increase of 12 billion miles
    over the previous years. 3.2 trillion miles. Now, obviously… most of that was Beto taking road trips
    to find himself. He’s like, “I don’t need
    a campaign manager, man. I got my arms… and the open road.” Now, all this driving might seem natural but unlike the de Blasio campaign,
    this wasn’t an accident. There are a lot of reasons why American public transportation
    is terrible. Zoning laws, mismanagement,
    but in particular, your train sucks
    because there are hidden forces around the country
    that want you in your car. And that’s what I want
    to focus on tonight. American public transportation
    is under attack, from the top down at the federal level
    and from the bottom up at the local level. America is killing public transit
    the same way a second grade class kills their take-home hamster. Nobody is blameless, but some people did more damage
    than others. Just so you know, Brett Russo definitely
    killed our second grade hamster. Now, Trump has proposed
    increasing spending on highways by more than $1.5 billion, while also trying to slash transit funding
    like the Capital Investment Grant Program, which is the main way public transit
    gets funded at the federal level. And he’s proposed to kill it twice,
    which makes sense. Trump doesn’t even know what buses are. I mean, the last time he was on one,
    he thought it was a locker room. Now, the federal government supports public transit through
    the Department of Transportation. Yeah, just catch up. The DOT’s job
    is pretty straightforward, all right? Congress approves funding and then
    the DOT, they hand out the money, right? But under Trump,
    the DOT is holding up billions. It now takes twice as long
    for projects to get funding, and it’s much more expensive. It’s longer, harder, and more expensive
    than it needs to be. It’s basically a destination wedding. I don’t know if you guys have friends
    that are doing destination weddings but if I have to get vaccine and a machete
    to get to your wedding… I’m not coming. They’re like, “Hasan, do you love me?” You’re not worth Zika. Okay, I’m sorry. Now, if you want an example
    of the government messing with transit, look at the Gateway Program,
    which is right down the street. Gateway would repair the main tunnel
    that connects Jersey to New York. Every day, more than 800,000 people
    use this tunnel to get to work. And to borrow a phrase from our president, It’s kind of a “shithole.” “The estimated $20 billion project
    includes new rail tunnels under the Hudson River.” “The failure of the existing
    110-year-old tunnels is imminent.” The existing tunnel
    is a single point of failure for 10% of America’s
    gross domestic product. A collapse of the tunnel
    could injure thousands and cost our economy
    an estimated $100 million a day. $100 million a day
    and thousands of injuries. New York hasn’t seen
    that kind of destruction since Spider-Man the musical. Look, if this tunnel collapsed, it would shut down northeast transit
    from Boston to D.C., a region that experts say accounts
    for not just 10%, but 20% of America’s GDP. But Trump refuses to pay for Gateway. This is pathetic. If you’ve traveled, you know this.
    Other countries don’t do this. Just one of Paris’ rail systems
    moves more people per year than all of America’s
    commuter railways combined. Japan has a train that levitates,
    it literally floats. And Denmark, they love buses so much,
    they made this ad. Okay, we all want to fuck that bus, right? Don’t make me feel weird about this. That’s what they were going for. Now, look, there are lots of cities
    and states in the United States that want to get busy with transit, but… they are facing massive opposition,
    especially at the local level. And no one is leading the opposition
    more than Charles and David Koch, aka, the Koch Brothers. Now, I know these wrinkled ATMs
    are the bad guy of every story. Voter suppression, gerrymandering,
    climate denial. I’m sick of them. I don’t even want to show their picture because A, they’re terrible people, and B, showing their photos
    actually makes them money. Koch Industries has a major stake
    in Getty Images. Just showing that picture of them
    cost us $250. But this is a story about them, so I have to show them,
    and it’s not just that picture. Every picture we use of the Koch Brothers,
    they make money. All of this. This just cost us $1,000. And it’s not just the Kochs. I can’t show you anything
    without them getting paid. I can’t show you Yo-Yo Ma. Or this baby eating a lemon
    for the first time. They own this baby. This adorable baby, eating a fucking–
    They own it. I can’t show you things that are weird,
    like this old man having fun at the dentist. They own his weird smile. Showing all of that was $1,500. But if we’re gonna talk
    about public transportation, we’re going to have to
    talk about the Kochs. Now luckily, there are actually
    two Koch Brothers out there who are way more fun to watch. -Camera’s on me, bitch.
    -It’s on me, too. We’re the Koch Brothers.
    This is Derek. I’m Daniel. “Tonight on Playing With Fire.” We started off in modeling. I shaved my nipple hair last night. Whoo! We own multiple restaurants. Good job tonight, man. Seriously. Even though we’ve got three restaurants
    to run in New York City, our signature Day & Night party
    does pop ups everywhere. The easiest way to seduce a woman is
    to take her to dinner. You know? -That’s cliché, bro.
    -No, it’s not. Shut the *bleep* up. -What is that hat, Daniel?
    -This is money in the bank. My ears are warm. My balls are tingly. All right,
    these Florida State Winklevoss twins are Derek and Daniel Koch. They’re the other Koch Brothers,
    and they’re former reality stars. Now these Koch Brothers are amazing. These Koch Brothers suck. So for the rest of this episode, even though I’m talking about
    Charles and David, I’m going to show you Daniel and Derek. So the Koch Brothers are conservative billionaires
    who have a huge stake in pretty much anything
    that has to do with cars. Oil, gas, asphalt, tires, seat belts. They own seat belts. And they have spent millions funding a right-wing political group
    called Americans for Prosperity or AFP. And although they deny it,
    the Kochs have been quietly working to kill public transit
    around the country through AFP. What we are living out here
    is a national agenda by the Koch Brothers and others. They believe in fossil fuels,
    they mine an awful lot of it. So, all across the country they are trying
    to stop public transit because frankly,
    it’s a far more sustainable alternative. Americans for Prosperity
    most recently meddled in a mass transit issue in Nashville. No, I told you,
    I don’t want to see them anymore. Play the fun Koch Brothers. The Americans for Prosperity
    most recently meddled in a mass transit issue in Nashville. See how much better that is? That news is upsetting,
    but now it’s also hilarious. Nashville shows how much influence
    the Kochs really have. The city has a huge traffic problem. So in 2017, the mayor proposed building
    new rail and bus lines. It went up for a vote. And early polling showed that nearly 60%
    of Nashvillians supported it, but then the Kochs got in the game
    and remember… killing transit is good for the Kochs
    and it’s great for their bottom line. The same way that launching Billie Eilish
    in the space would be great for Lorde. It’s getting rid of the alternative. Also, it’s sending her back
    to where she came from. She wants to go home, you guys. Let her go home. In Nashville, AFP activists organized a door-to-door
    canvassing campaign against the new rail and bus lines. They told voters it was too expensive
    and would raise taxes, and it worked, flipping public opinion from almost 60%
    for the transit plan to more than 60% against it. And guess what the Koch Brothers did. Throw a *bleep* party. Whoo! That was 10 a.m. This is their playbook. AFP targets local voters, and then they flip them
    with misleading campaigns, and it all looks like
    grassroots opposition, but it’s actually
    mayonnaise billionaire bullshit. They have done this, in at least
    ten other states around the country. Just look at Milwaukee, okay? Wisconsin has been the Kochs’ private lab
    in libertarian fuckery for years. They have a history of opposing
    public transit. And for most of the last decade, they’ve also had a loyal soldier
    in the governor’s office, Scott Walker, who looks like
    if Paul Rudd got less time in the womb. I mean… It’s… so accurate. The Kochs spent millions
    getting Walker elected, and Walker was more than happy
    to attack their favorite targets– public unions, Medicaid, food stamps. And he also did this: A move by Wisconsin governor
    Scott Walker that was likely intended to ingratiate himself in the eyes
    of a Jewish constituent has decidedly backfired. “In a letter about a Hanukkah menorah, instead of signing off
    with a ‘Mazel Tov,’ Governor Walker wrote,
    ‘Thank you again and Molotov.’” He signed his letter,
    “Thank you again and bomb threat. Also have a happy Hanukkah Matata.” Now, Walker spent nearly 20 years trying to kill public transit. He put the Milwaukee bus system
    in a death spiral and killed high-speed rail projects, but when it came to spending on highways,
    he didn’t bat an eye. As governor, he spent almost two billion
    on a single highway junction called the Zoo Interchange,
    which sounds like a program that sends pandas to Amsterdam
    for a semester and Dutch kids to the Bronx Zoo. But the Zoo Interchange was the most expensive highway project
    in Wisconsin’s history and ended up costing the same
    as 15 years of public transit funding. Now, why did he do this? We didn’t need
    these gigantic high-speed rail lines like they’re seeing becoming
    a boondoggle in California. Okay, even though boondoggle
    sounds like an STD from 1840, it’s a common term people use
    to describe a waste of money, especially when it comes
    to public transit. A new measure to finish
    Honolulu’s troubled rail transit project. Critics are calling it
    nothing more than a boondoggle. The train is a boondoggle. Rail boondoggles. Gateway-earmarked boondoggle. The boondoggle of boondoggles. Boondoggle. Boondoggle. Boondoggle. Boondoggle! Boondoggle! Okay, what is going on with this guy? He looks like he’s either about to expose
    a major government conspiracy or himself. Or maybe both. He’s just like, “The CIA
    killed Avril Lavigne in 2003. Boondoggle!” Now here’s the thing. The argument that roads
    are a better investment than public transit is nonsense. Every billion dollars spent
    on public transit generates over 21,000 jobs. That’s more than highways, water, energy, or defense. In fact, for every dollar we invest
    in public transit, we get $4 back in economic output. And there are other costs
    to ignoring public transit. One of the underlying issues
    is always going to be the issue of race. If you’re black or Latino
    you’re six times more likely to not have a car
    and to be dependent on public transit. No one cares, you know. Every day, we wait on buses
    hours and hours and nothing happens. Okay, that’s not true. If you’re black and you wait two hours
    for the bus, nothing happens. But if you’re white and wait two hours
    for the bus, you win an Oscar. When we don’t fund public transit,
    we are basically saying, we care about some people
    more than others. And that’s exactly what Walker was doing
    in Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the most segregated
    metro area in the country with one study calling it, “The second worst place to be black in the United States.” Now, obviously… the first place is Joe Biden’s house. Look, he doesn’t do anything bad. He just keeps saying,
    “My good friend Barack.” And you’re like… “Why’d you got to say it like that, Joe?” Now, the Zoo Interchange helps wealthier,
    mostly white voters with cars, but it does little for poor,
    mostly black communities who don’t have cars
    but need access to jobs, which is why civil rights groups
    were furious. The ACLU has filed suit in
    federal court over the Zoo Interchange
    Expansion Project. They’re asking that
    a federal judge halt construction until the state
    comes up with a new plan that also includes
    public transportation. The ACLU is representing the faith-based community group MICAH and the Black Health Coalition
    of Wisconsin. By the way, a faith-based community group
    named MICAH in Wisconsin is just definitely one dude named Micah. Wisconsin ended up settling the lawsuit. Walker was forced to spend $13.5 million
    on three new bus lines and promote bus ridership, which goes against everything
    he stands for. The Walker family crest is just
    broken trains and a giant comb that he thinks is a menorah. Now, I know that it seems like
    there’s nothing anyone can do about this, but that’s actually not the case
    because right now… there’s a fight over public transit
    in Phoenix, Arizona, where our boys are back at it again. The group behind Four Lanes No Train
    has opposed the current plans for light-rail expansion
    into south Phoenix for months now. We’re here to kill the light rail. No four lane or two lane anymore,
    it’s just no light rail. Some elected leaders accused the group
    behind Four Lanes No Train of taking money from the Koch Brothers. Okay, that sucks. But you know what’s cool? Now I know how my hair would look
    if I was white. Look, when I– When I first saw this guy, real talk, I was like, “Dude,
    this guy’s using too much product.” But then I realized… that’s just enough product. Back in 2000, Phoenix voted
    to build a new light rail system. The first section has already been built,
    and it was a huge success. Way more people use it
    than anyone expected. And it has spurred $11 billion
    in local development, but now, there’s a plan
    to extend the system, and it’s being opposed by conservative
    groups that have ties to the Kochs, and they’re running ads like this. “Phoenix voters have been deceived. The price tag for Phoenix light rail
    expansion has tripled in three years, costing taxpayers
    almost a billion dollars. That’s $140,000 per passenger. It would be cheaper to buy every rider
    a brand-new Tesla. Prop 105 slams the brakes
    on wasteful light rail expansion and puts your tax dollars into
    transportation projects that make sense. Vote ‘Yes’ on 105.” Okay, I’m going to be honest. When I first saw this, I was like,
    “I want a Tesla. Screw the train.” But this is a Koch-supported ad. So it’s obviously misleading. Now, screengrab this and do
    long division later, but here’s the TLDR,
    the ad overstates costs, ignores the value light rail has created and most importantly, completely hides
    what Prop 105 would really do. On August 27th, Phoenix is going to vote on Prop 105
    and if it passes, it wouldn’t just kill
    the light rail extension, it would make it impossible
    for Phoenix to build any light rail in the future. They’re trying to make it illegal
    to build trains. That is some movie villain shit. It’s like that children’s book,The Little Engine That Could,
    But Won’t If It Knows What’s Good for It.Now remember, the Kochs are doing this
    around the country. Sorry. You gotta look at the real ones
    this time. We can’t keep letting them win. We need someone to make a meaningful case
    for public transportation. So take on the Koch Brothers… I called… the Koch Brothers. Hey, we’re the world’s famous Koch Brothers. I’m Derek. I’m the older one. And I’m Daniel, still the hotter one. Don’t do that again. -Don’t touch my leg, dude.
    -I won’t. If you want
    to live the Koch Brothers life, you gotta do a few things simple. -Number one.
    -Support public transit. It’s the heart of a healthy economy. People are still trying
    to fuck with the bus. Like these Life Alert-looking freaks,
    the Koch Brothers. They’re fucking with our public transit. And number two. Manscape, guys.
    No one should be going full bush. There are guys out there
    whose shit looks like retired Letterman. -Like, cut your shit off
    -Shave your nuts. and fucking shave your nuts. Support public transportation. -Shave that nose hair, too.
    -Can I speak? The Kochs’ money is sabotaging transit
    all over the country. And the government is M.I. fucking A. The DOT is holding up billions of dollars
    in funding. There are few things in this world
    that fucking piss me off, people. Inept government bureaucracy… and bars that don’t have ladies night. Killing transit hurts some
    of the most vulnerable communities -across the U.S.
    -We’re talking black people, Indian people, Mexicans, -Orientals.
    -Bro, you can’t say that word. -It’s racist.
    -What word? What I say? Mexicans. Just call it what it is, pussy. -What’s that?
    -De facto segregation. -Say it. Say it.
    -Don’t call me a pussy, bitch. De facto segregation. -Your mom. Your mom.
    -Your mother. -Fuck you, we have the same mom.
    -Pussy. Remember, living the Koch lifestyle
    isn’t hard. -Just support public transit.
    -And be a patriot and shave your nuts. Fuck ass. All right, America.
    you know what you gotta do. Get to trimming.

    Articles, Blog


    November 20, 2019

    welcome back to surf and surf travel guys. Alright, today we’re gonna talk about Helsinki some more, and this time… what
    are we talking about? We’re gonna talk about transportation in capital of
    Finland… Just about every form of transportation that you can think of,
    some resources so that you can get around the city and some prices to go
    along with it… budget travel tips, let’s go So when you get to Helsinki of course
    most people are going to come in through the International Airport.
    You can rent a car of course, that’s always an option if you get a you know
    small compact car you’re gonna be paying about twenty nine dollars a day up to an
    SUV where it’s going to be $50 – $60 a day but another great option if you just
    want to go into the city is to catch the train directly from the airport. The
    train takes about a half hour from the airport a few stops along the way but it
    only costs you about five euros and it’s going to bring you right into the center
    of Helsinki when you go to get your tickets you don’t forget to buy the “P”
    train, that’s the one that’s going to take you right downtown So one of the best ways to get around the city is one of these Alepa Fillari bikes.
    Really all you need to pay is 5 euro for 24 hours keep
    it longer every half hours a euro so I recommend or turning it on time. but
    there’s over 50 different locations that they have these terminals where you can
    you can return and rent these bikes. it’s a really great option if you just want
    to do kind of some exploration throughout the day 5 euros there you go another good option
    from the central railway station is the underground subway.
    It’s mostly gonna take you to the suburban areas if that’s where you’re trying to
    go. again it costs about five euros you can checkout rail net to see where the all the destinations are for both the metro line and the suburban line Those are the two primary lines here in Helsinki.
    so for me one of the coolest and unique ways to travel around the city by one of
    the city trams and not just because this one seems to be going to the pub I’ll
    tell you it’s pretty cheap You can purchase your tickets from one of these terminal stations here for just a couple euro $2.50 in dollars or you can buy it on the
    app and show the the driver the app purchase it’s actually cheaper if you
    buy it on the app for more information on how to see where the pickup stations
    are and where the trams go just go to …not the other hell and my favorite way to get around the
    city is walking! and then last but not least if you want
    to try all the different types of transportation in Helsinki with the
    exception of bikes and taxis you can buy the 24-hour pass that gives you all
    access for 9 euros that’s going to be about 10 bucks you can hop on hop off
    buses, trams, Subways, trains. You can see just about everything you want to see thank you for watching. Yeah, thanks for
    watching guys. hopefully this is gonna help you in your travels around Helsinki
    uh you know we put a lot of budget travel tips in there and some resources.
    we’ll also link those resources down into the description since we already
    know you’re going to Helsinki you might want to check out our top ten spots in
    Helsinki and our Soumenlinna video that we did about Soumenlinna fortress. lots
    of cool history there. If you liked the video hit the like button hit the
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    Metro launches workforce development program WINLA
    Articles, Blog

    Metro launches workforce development program WINLA

    November 19, 2019

    Well, nothing stops a bullet but a career
    that’s a true statement, but bullets don’t have names on ’em. What I know for sure
    is that a career can save lives. If we can get the age group after 18 to 35 to get
    those young men and women to pick up tape measurerss instead of guns and now to
    buy homes instead of doing home invasions, those type of things will have
    a positive effect on the community. The program that Metro has, WINLA, is very vital because they get to see individuals from their community make those changes
    and become better. WINLA is Workforce Initiative Now Los Angeles. It’s a comprehensive workforce development program. We see WINLA as an
    opportunity for members of our communities and really members of our
    disadvantaged communities, to have a career not just merely a job but a career path. I chose the transportation industry because of the ample opportunities it can offer, such as opportunities in just not construction but also
    operations, maintenance, administration, IT… I joined the military in 1995. Both
    agencies — Metro and the military — provide you tools, provide you the training, and the
    opportunities for success. The transportation industry is an industry
    with diverse areas of opportunity An individual can enter either operations, maintenance, construction and have really a career path. A career path for upward
    mobility. There are so many different ways that you can go. I started out as a bus operator, but there’s planning… There’s environmental, there’s rail. WINLA is going to introduce you to the transportation industry. You know,
    preparing you for a future. Right now we simply know that more than 28 percent to nearly 30 percent of our current workforce is eligible to retire and in the future we know that that’s going to increase to possibly more than 50% in
    the coming years. We must have the skilled workforce ready and able for us
    to be able to deliver the upcoming projects and programs the overall
    portfolio that we have to deliver for the system. The young men and women
    need to understand I got to have a stake in my communities. So it’s vital that
    WINLA starts it now because individuals men and women in the
    community get to see and understand their peers doing the right thing with
    the help and aid assistance of Metro… having the forethought to say “hey you
    know what? Let me invest in the community.” Let the community be a part of the building process. Don’t let your beginnings be your endings. if you’re part of WINLA you’ll have an
    opportunity to have new beginnings Come on board and join us. So that’s a win-win for Metro and it’s a win-win for the community.