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    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Motorists
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    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Motorists

    February 18, 2020


    Tempe streetcar and vehicle share lanes
    during parts of the ride so be patient. Think of the streetcar like any large
    vehicle, don’t follow too closely and when in front, avoid any sudden braking.
    When parking along the streetcar route make sure your entire vehicle is inside
    the striping on the road. Watch behind you when opening doors as bikes, vehicles, or streetcars may be approaching. Never park your vehicle on the tracks even
    temporarily and respect all posted signs, signals, and markings. Now your streetcar
    smart.

    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Pedestrians
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    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Pedestrians

    February 16, 2020


    [Music]
    Tempe streetcar can take you to many great places. What it can’t do is get out of your way. So obey all traffic signals and cross only at official crosswalks, especially one between the light rail and streetcar. Never cut across the tracks and always wait for the crossing signal. Stopped car traffic does not
    indicate a safe crossing. Sometimes cars are stopped to allow the streetcar to cross. Be safe even when obeying the signals. You should look and listen before crossing the tracks remember Tempe streetcar is rather
    quiet. Now your streetcar smart.

    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Bikes and Scooters
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    Valley Metro Streetcar Safety for Bikes and Scooters

    February 15, 2020


    The Tempe streetcar shares the road but
    bikers and scooters should follow a few safety tips. Always cross the tracks
    upright, and at a 90 degree angle. Avoid riding between the tracks as tires get
    caught and can cause a crash. There are two steps when turning left over tracks. First ride in the right lane through the intersection. Next pivot across the
    tracks with the next green signal. Remember streetcars can’t stop quickly
    so let them past first and obey all traffic signals. Now your street car
    smart.

    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Erin
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    Rail Projects Victoria Graduate Program – Erin

    February 13, 2020


    Hi, I’m Erin and I’m the Communications
    and Stakeholder Relations Graduate. What attracted me to the Grad Program was
    the idea of working on a live project. It’s definitely something
    different and definitely gave this program an edge, particularly from a
    comms perspective. Working for the Metro Tunnel and on the wider rail project, it’s just really exciting, like every day is different, everything chops and change
    so quickly working for government and sometimes it’s challenging and sometimes
    it’s frustrating, but mostly it’s really enjoyable. At the moment I’m working
    in the Regional Rail Revival team so with the regional rail it’s a bit
    different, I get to work a lot more cross-functionally with the team so a
    lot more kind of just project support as opposed to being pigeon-holed into a
    role, and then next rotation I’m hoping to move into the marketing team
    to do a bit on the tunnel. My biggest takeaway so far is kind of
    how large the project is you kind of think of it as this big engineering-based
    organisation but there are so many other parts to that. The best part of the program for me so far is probably just the kind of different
    people you get to work with. I think there’s not many situations or many work
    environments where you’re working with engineers, lawyers, accountants,
    program managers, roles that I didn’t even know existed before coming
    into this and I think especially from comms that’s a really rare occurrence
    in the workplace and that’s really fun. For any grad considering this program
    I’d really think about why you want to work for a government
    organisation and how you think that this will kind of propel your career. For me I
    really like working in government and I see myself staying within the public
    service sector for a while, so if you want to be in that sector this
    is a great really great place to start. As well as if you want to get a chance
    to kind of do a lot of different things this program’s definitely for you, with
    the rotation base it gives you the opportunity to do that.

    METRO TRIP App – Bus Stop Tracker
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    METRO TRIP App – Bus Stop Tracker

    February 12, 2020


    This video will show you the Track Bus
    Stop feature. Without planning a trip, you can track a single bus stop and be
    notified when you’ve arrived at the proper place. Start out by clicking the
    route that’s related to that stop. Choose the route and the direction.
    The stop that is located closest to you is represented by a blue bus icon. This icon
    is larger than the other bus icons on the route. The route name also points to
    the selected stop. If this is the correct stop, click Track Bus Stop, or touch
    one of the other bus stops if it is not the correct stop once track bus stop is
    clicked confirm your choice. Now you are actively tracking the stop. A green
    radar icon will appear in the upper right hand corner of the app. Next, walk toward the
    tracked stop. You can follow your progress and locate yourself on the map
    by following the dark blue solid circle. A small blue arrow shows the
    direction that you are walking. When you’re approximately 1/3 of a block away from
    the stop, you’ll start to feel pulse vibrations. (PHONE VIBRATION SFX) These vibrations will intensify
    the closer you walk to the stop. A notification and alarm vibration
    will occur when you’ve reached your stop. (MULTIPLE PHONE VIBRATION SFX) You can then dismiss the
    notification or review the next arrivals.

    HS2: Boris Johnson gives go-ahead to high-speed rail project
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    HS2: Boris Johnson gives go-ahead to high-speed rail project

    February 12, 2020


    So today, Mr Speaker, the cabinet
    has given high-speed rail the green signal. We are going to get this done
    and to ensure that we do so without further blow outs on either cost
    or schedule, we are today taking decisive action to restore discipline
    to the program. I will be appointing a minister whose
    full time job will be to oversee the project. A new ministerial oversight group will be
    tasked with taking strategic decisions about it. There will be changes to the way HS2
    is managed. We will, in line with Mr Oakervee’s
    recommendations be interrogating the current costs to identify where savings
    can be made in phase one without the costs and delays that would
    be associated with a detailed redesign. Some have suggested delaying or even
    cancelling HS2 in order to get Northern Powerhouse rail done more quickly. But I want to say to you, Mr. Speaker,
    to the House, this is not an either or proposition. – Hear hear. Both are needed and both will be built
    as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. And to make sure that happens,
    we will, working closely with northern leaders, explore options for creating a new delivery
    vehicle for Northern Powerhouse rail, and we will start treating HS2,
    north of Birmingham, Northern Powerhouse Rail and other
    local rail improvements as part of one integrated master plan,
    high-speed north. Once again, we see the government taking
    ideas from the Labour party, [laughter] adopting language but falling very long,
    way short on the substance of it. Today, the Prime Minister is selling his
    announcement as a prize for parts of the midlands and north. I simply tell him this: people in those regions
    to whom he promised so much in the general election are going to be
    sorely disappointed when they see what actually happens. Take HS2 for example. The Labour party supports HS2 as a
    means to boost regional economies and reducing climate emissions. It’s essential for boosting rail capacity
    and freeing up other lines for increased freight use, etcetera. But we don’t see why the government
    should get a slap on the back for announcing it’s going ahead. After all, it’s only because of the abject
    failure of successive Conservative governments to keep on top of the costs that the
    project’s future was put in doubt in the first place.