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    Top 10 Future U.S. MEGAPROJECTS

    November 19, 2019


    These are ten megaprojects the U.S. desperately
    needs to complete in the near future. They each represent many other projects awaiting
    approval and funding in cities and towns across America. A bullet train in Texas would help ease traffic
    in Houston and Dallas that will only get worse as the lonestar state continues to grow. A road trip from one city to the other will
    take up to 6.5 hours in the next twenty years. Modelled after Japan’s Shinkansen train,
    the Texas Central High-Speed Rail will cut that journey to just over three hours thanks
    to max speeds of 250 miles per hour. Heavy rains in 2015 breached more than 50
    dams in South Carolina, causing flooding throughout the state. It’s an emergency that will keep happening
    if the more than 600 dams rated as high-hazard aren’t modernized. Dams are aging nationwide and need more than
    $20 billion in repairs and upgrades. The Washington DC area has some of the worst
    traffic in the country. Extending the existing metro system to the
    suburbs by adding another metro line with 21 new stations will make everyone’s commute
    shorter, and will take an estimated 17,000 cars off the road. Denver has an ambitious plan to take back
    land from the interstate by plunging part of the I-70 East underground to create a large
    park with sports fields and performance spaces. The project will also modernize and widen
    the 60-plus-year-old road to ensure its structural integrity and ease congestion within the sprawling
    Denver area. Miami is already dealing with the effects
    of climate change with the installation of 80 pumping stations. But when sea levels rise just 5 more feet,
    96% of the city will be underwater, making it America’s most vulnerable urban area
    to a changing climate. To survive, it will need to significantly
    expand its levee system and build a multi-billion dollar seawall. The highly populated northeast corridor of
    the U.S. desperately needs to expand its high speed rail network to keep pace with the best
    cities in the world. Right now, the fastest train is the Acela,
    whose top speed is just 125 miles per hour. A maglev train connecting New York to DC could
    hit 300 mph and cut the commute from four hours to one. Old sewer lines aren’t properly functioning,
    resulting in raw sewage streaming into Lake Erie from Cleveland during storms. Project clean lake is a 25-year renewal plan
    that uses a variety of green methods, including the construction of seven tunnels, to solve
    the problem. To allow for more people and goods to pass
    through the Detroit-Windsor, Canada section of the border, the Gordie Howe International
    Bridge will provide uninterrupted traffic flow. When complete, the project will increase daily
    vehicle crossings by 30%. Phase 1 of California’s high speed rail
    project should open by 2030. It aims to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco
    in just three hours, compared to the nearly six hours it now takes to drive the route. It will be the first high speed rail project
    on the U.S. west coast and will eventually extend to San Diego and Sacramento, the state’s
    capitol. 200,000 daily passenger trips are made through
    the only rail tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. 100 years old and severely damaged by Hurricane
    Sandy, it badly needs an upgrade. The proposed Hudson River Rail Tunnel
    megaproject would modernize the existing tunnel and add a second one in order to ease congestion
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    RWBY Chibi, Episode 24 – The One with a Laugh Track | Rooster Teeth
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    RWBY Chibi, Episode 24 – The One with a Laugh Track | Rooster Teeth

    November 18, 2019


    [INTRO MUSIC] Team RWBY: RWBY CHIBI Announcer: RWBY CHIBI is presented in front of a live studio audience. [audience applause]
    [Seinfeld-style Chibi RWBY theme plays] [audience quiet laughter] Weiss: *coughs* Weiss: *coughs insistently* [audience laughter] Weiss: *coughs even more insistently!* Ruby: You doing okay, Weiss? Ruby: You should probably see a doctor about that cough. [audience laughter] Blake: You know, it would probably just be easier to go study at the library. Weiss: I don’t want to go to the library, I want to study here. Weiss: In my room. Yang: It’s all of our room. Weiss: Yang, what are you even doing? Yang: Oh, well, the boy’s fight class is about to let out. Yang: I think I can see the showers from here. Weiss: What? No you can’t. [audience laughter] Yang: See? Told you. Weiss: Okay. I can see in. Weiss: Yang, you’re terrible. Yang: *scoffs*, you’re the one still looking. [audience laughter] Weiss: Oh! Someone is coming in! Yang: Who is it? WHO IS IT? Ruby: Who is it? Yang: Professor Port! [audience laughter] Yang: I’m blind! I’m blind! [laughter continues] Weiss: Today couldn’t possibly get worse. Jaune: Hell-o, Team RWBY! [audience cheers] Ruby: Hey, Jaune! Yang: Sup. Blake: Hello. Weiss: What do you want? Jaune: Well… Ruby: Here it comes~! Jaune: I heard that you don’t have a date to the dance coming up, Jaune: So, I thought, I’d stop by and- Weiss: No. [audience laughter] Jaune: NO? Jaune: But, you don’t even know what I was going to ask. Weiss: *sighs* Weiss: Okay, fine. Weiss: What were you going to ask? Jaune: I was going to ask if I could take you to the dance. Weiss: Sooo, you want to know if I’ll go to the dance with you. Jaune: Yeah! Weiss: Well… What do you think I’m going to say? Ruby: A-aaand… Jaune: I think you’re going to say- Weiss: No. Ruby: Swing and a miss! [audience laughter] Jaune: I guess you can’t win ’em all. [laughter dies out] Jaune: Wait, Yang, what are you doing? Yang: It’s… a long story… [audience laughter] Announcer: We’ll be right back, after these messages. Pyrrha: (Forced) Everyone knows that a pre-fight meal is the most important. Pyrrha: That’s why, I always turn to Pumpkin Pete’s Marshmallow Flakes before a match. Pyrrah [awkwardly]: MMMmmm. Pyrrah: Taste that? Pyrrah: That tastes like… Pyrrah: Vic-tor-y. Announcer: Pumpkin Pete’s Marshmallow Flakes, Announcer: The tasty treat that’ll toughen your tummy. Roman: I remember a simpler time, Roman: A time when three flavors of ice cream were all you needed. Roman: That’s why I stuck with Neo’s Neo. Roman: So don’t listen to our competitors, Roman: Try Neo’s Neo today! Roman: I-i-it’s definitely not poison. Announcer: WARNING. Neo’s Neapolitan Ice Cream is considered a hazard by the Remnant Food Bureau. Announcer: Eat at your own risk. Announcer: It’s probably poison. [ ‘ting!’ wink sound] [audience cheering & applause] Yang: Well, Yang: Looks like the End of the Year dance was a success. Ruby: Nailed it! Yang: Hey, that’s my line. [audience laughter] Sun: Uh, hey, Blake. [audience wooing] Blake: Hello, Sun. Sun: You know, I got two tickets to the GUN show, if you want to join me on the dance floor. [audience oohs] Blake: That’s the cheesiest thing I’ve ever heard. Blake: Okay. [audience awws] Neptune: Wait! Neptune: I want to go to a gun show. Neptune: You promised the next free time you had, we’d get to hang out, Neptune: Just us guys, Neptune: Keepin’ it real. Neptune: What’s more awesome and manly than a gun show? Sun: No, that’s not what I meant. Neptune: Oh no, I’m not taking “No” for an answer. [audience laughter] Yang: Well, Blake, Yang: You win some, you lose some. Weiss: Hey, wasn’t Team JNPR supposed to be here with the cake? Ruby: They were? Weiss: Yeah, I told Nora to bring cake. Yang: Nora? Yang & Ruby [IN UNISON]: You don’t think… Neptune: Heyy-y. Neptune: Didn’t there used to be an exit here? Yang & Ruby: No, don’t! [THE SOUND OF NORA’S PANCAKE’S TUMBLING DOWN] Nora: Hahahaa! Nora: I know you said cake, Weiss. Nora: But, you didn’t say what kind~! Ren: *weary sigh* Ren: Mind if we borrow your scythe to cut up and serve some slices? Ruby: Okay, but be careful. Ruby: Remember! Ruby: It’s also a gun. [audience laughter] Ruby: Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for coming out tonight. Ruby: Give it up for our wonderful cast. [audience cheering & applauding] Ruby: We want to thank our producers, Ruby: The fine people behind the cameras here, Ruby: We gotta thank our sponsors, for making this possible. Ruby: Oh! The Vale Kingdom Quartet everyone! Ruby: We love you all! We hope you’ve had fun! Ruby: And we’ll see you next season! Ruby: Thank you, GOODNIGHT! [BEEP] [ENDING MUSIC] Ruby: Click here if you want to wear some stuff with us on it. Ruby: And click here if you want to watch some stuff with us on it. Ruby: ’cause y’ know, more us. Duh. Ruby: We’re awesome. Rooster teeth outro

    Texas Bullet Train: Accessible for all Texans
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    Texas Bullet Train: Accessible for all Texans

    November 9, 2019


    for many Texans with disabilities Travel
    poses an inherent amount of unpredictability our aim at Texas
    central is to bridge communities together when you design a solution with
    the disability community in mind everyone benefits from a system
    employing universal design a high speed rail line connecting two of the largest
    metro areas in under 90 minutes ensures Texans will have a safe predictable and
    always enjoyable ride we are Texas Central accessible for all
    Texans

    This is My METRO – Catherine
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    This is My METRO – Catherine

    November 8, 2019


    My name is Catherine and I’m a ballerina in training. I practice…and I practice. I amaze. And then…I do it all again. I rely on METRORail to take me there. Without it I wouldn’t be able
    to pursue my passion for ballet. Dancing is my art. And I’m never going to stop working to amaze myself every day. My name is Catherine and this is my METRO. Plan your trip at RideMETRO.org.

    Train for the Game with Diesel
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    Train for the Game with Diesel

    November 4, 2019


    This is Diesel, your Houston Dynamo mascot. His actions speak louder than words,
    mostly because he can’t talk. But, he can walk…into any METRORail station and connect to nearly 10,000 destinations. He goes here. He goes there. Diesel goes everywhere. Plus, with a valid game ticket, He and every other Dynamo or Dash ticket holder ride FREE to BBVA Compass Stadium. Yep, that diesel is one sly fox,
    and THIS is is his METRO.

    Would You Live In A Boot? ~ Sad Train Cat
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    Would You Live In A Boot? ~ Sad Train Cat

    November 4, 2019


    good morning everybody it’s a good
    feeling heading north again it’s been a while it’s been a nice
    little break I am filming on my Canon and 50 again because I do believe by the
    end of the day I’m gonna have some new equipment in my hand to be able to edit
    video so today’s gonna be a good day no matter where we had I’m currently on a
    dirt road here you guys actually remember back in the
    day railroad tracks is where they they put everything next to because the
    railroads is what brought everything in and just outside of Livingston Texas
    Here I am at a little meet little historical stop here that is still
    standing so what we got right here is Thomas mercantile a very very small town
    grocery store it does look like they are closed I don’t know what their hours are
    or if they open any more but it is just a little country store the locals would
    come in but be cool and interesting part of this is is any time customers were in
    the store in past years if you heard the rumbling from the railroad tracks over
    here customers shoppers would dash outside and they would run out here to
    the tracks and they would try to get the engineer to toot his conductor horn
    twice if he does if you get twice every customer in the store at that time gets
    20% off their purchase here at the mercantile I know about you but that’s
    pretty quirky but like I said it doesn’t like this country stores been open for a
    while trains don’t really bother me they never have trucks idling and and air
    brakes readjusting and stuff like that that bothers me but but trains now I
    like trains I grew up around trains who you mowing at are you are you the
    country store cat yeah are you friendly you look very
    fluffy Tim’s a good boy it was a good boy a country store kitty
    yeah buddy no you can’t come with I already talked to Jax he doesn’t like
    cats I know I’m sorry if you were a dog he might go for it but no he’s he’s not
    a cat person I am no there’s there’s no room
    you can’t stow away dude no we’re not doing all those crazy things you’d be
    good it was one cat that I paid Jax just one cat I didn’t even bring him with me
    cuz my hands smell funny here we go guys we’re back on the road we’re heading
    north towards Dallas but don’t worry I got lots of stops to make what are you
    doing on the dash still I’ve never seen him ride up here on the dash at freeway
    speeds okay that’s cool he’s not in my way he’s lower than the steering wheel
    and the dash and everything but I can still see him down there with his butt
    up against the windshield you’re a putz you’re a putz with a bus and now you’re
    done okay so we’re heading to Dallas come along with me guys we’re gonna have
    a fun day today I’m in Huntsville Texas is quirky and full of larger-than-life
    stuff now and you’re gonna live in a house do I live in a normal house if you
    don’t have to you guys see this because wouldn’t you rather live in a boot
    it’s an actual house y’all somebody lives in there in that window and next
    door their garage is a cowboy hat oh my gosh yeah this homeowner is doing it
    right I love it I’d love to see the inside of that boot house darn it is a
    private residence though man Texas is quirky holy cow it is windy out
    here you know change of plans it’s 2:15 and I still haven’t gotten
    confirmation than my MacBooks ready to pick up at the Apple store in Dallas so
    I’m in no rush to head up there because there’s nowhere to park up there it
    looks like I’m gonna be stalled an extra day so I’m still gonna shoot this video
    out to you when I get the MacBook and edit it and pop it out I’m just gonna
    split it up into two videos but I’m gonna overnight park here at the Walmart
    of Huntsville Texas that’s the plan and we’re gonna freeze tonight 31 degrees is
    the low tonight and up north in Dallas Fort Worth they broke a record yesterday
    the how do you put it 44 degrees was the high in the daytime and that was the
    lowest high temperature in 33 years so it’s cold in Texas it’s supposed to be
    like 74 degrees and instead 40s needless to say we’ll be will be turning on that
    heater today yeah man Jax we’re gonna park here stay here for the night kay
    and get that heater going and keep mr. kitty kitty warm you still mad at me I
    didn’t take that other kitty I wouldn’t get him do that to you let’s see what we
    got we got apples and Bud Light put it in my murse yeah I just closed the
    curtains up there and who knew were at Walmart
    it could be in a beautiful gorgeous campground with a view too bad about the
    Astros though they’ve what a terrible game 7 for
    Houston that was embarrassing man huh oh I got a few new candles I don’t know why
    I just really love bath and bodywork candles they’re the best ones but Paris
    cafe was a good one this one is like you walk into a coffee shop and there’s a
    leak of stairs in the Chocolate Factory leaking down into the coffee shop that’s
    what this smells like yeah and some friends of mine from Lola
    Palooza the Nortons and I get that right guys they they left me something outside
    my door some Shiner Bock from Texas beer and blueberry maple pancake candle and
    this is actually my all-time new favorite even better than campfire
    doughnut when this burns inside the RV ermahgerd haven’t decided if I’m going
    to do custom plates on the RV and and the motorcycle yet but some have asked
    me what I’d done with some of my older plates they’re right here so when I
    enter the RV I just screwed them right into this little dresser cabinet that I
    have my youtube from South Dakota and my original nomadic from Washington State
    neither of these are available with personalized plates in Texas but there
    are some other ones available the problem is that if you order them
    through Texas it’s a little different they don’t mail them to you they mail
    them to the tax office in four weeks not your address so you physically have to
    be there in Polk County when you get the email to pick them up in person at the
    office and then they transfer them over you have to you have to give them your
    other Texas plates to get the custom ones so it’s no secret that I’ll be
    coming back down to Texas the very beginning of the next year after
    Christmas so maybe I’ll come up with something then we’ll get that figured
    out for 2020 yeah all right getting ready for dinner here checks is such a
    clown though this is really usually my seat my preferred side but when I get up
    to go to the bathroom or get a drink or work on something he moves to the warmer
    seat where my butt was just at so I said here half-hour later I get up
    from this chair he moves over to the hurt seat we play musical chairs all
    night he’s such a GU you goof man he’s like man I’m the kitty cat and you
    wouldn’t want me and came in and I’ve been slaving away at dinner for the last
    few hours minutes okay actually it’s one of those cafes steamers I really like
    these things they’re easy in the microwave they do take up a lot of space
    in the in the freezer but I just get a couple of them what’s that green stuff
    it’s a green stuff that’s not like me I’ll just work around it
    the first time for everything I’m gonna eat a green on camera y’all ready for
    this now you know it’s possible no you
    wouldn’t like it Jax and Jackson are gonna watch some Longmire here we’re
    just starting season 3 oh yeah oh yeah man you got the itchy twitches
    okay don’t even look over here you wouldn’t like it I really love traveling
    I love seeing new spots boondocking and yes you can see I’m okay with parking
    lot boondocking it doesn’t affect me at all
    it really doesn’t because I could be anywhere else and I’ve got this place so
    comfortable here tomaters ready for Christmas season and sorcerer Mickey
    Mouse and and Merlin over there and on the big 55 inch TV yeah I got fireplace
    going this is a free app on the lg tv just have a fireplace going in here
    non-stop that’s awesome with the sound to working with my blueberry maple
    pancake candle here and the the heater is on although there’s not much evidence
    you can see a little bit of red down here oh yeah puts off a lot of heat so
    it’s pretty comfortable then Jack’s you need a blanket no it’s warm enough all
    right buddy y’all take care Jack’s and I will see
    you in a couple days I guess

    Life On The Fast Train — A Better Way To Travel Across Texas
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    Life On The Fast Train — A Better Way To Travel Across Texas

    October 23, 2019


    Time has become a commodity… Actually one of our most precious resources. We want to fill it like this…
    (a casual breakfast with family) …or this
    (dropping a kid at day care) But for too many Texans, it’s filled like this.
    (stuck in a traffic jam) That’s why we’re working on THIS!
    (Texas High-Speed Train speeds past traffic) For commuters between Houston and North Texas… It’s the Texas High-Speed Train! The fastest and the safest way across Texas. Trimming a four and a half hour slog… …into a smooth 90 minutes. Say you’re in Houston just after daycare drop-off… …you get an urgent request. “Can you be in Dallas for a rush meeting at noon?” By air?
    No. By car?
    Absolutely not! But by the High-Speed Train…
    Yes! Trains leave every 30 minutes between North Texas and Houston in both directions! And with just that, you’re on! Your itinerary stays a step ahead… building itself on the fly! Say you add a car in Dallas…. Done ! And the station’s right where you want ’em! We’ll help you find your way… In person or with queues to guide your way, Trains leave on time, EVERY time! But if you choose, you can hang out a bit. You’re still on track for that noon meeting. Security also works differently… using technology to ensure just the right people are on board. Again, trains leave every 30 minutes. Literally like clockwork! No delays. No weather glitches. No airport nightmares! Choose to order any food… it’ll be delivered right to your seat! Charge your devices right from your tabletop. And at nearly 200 miles an hour… Stop and go becomes…
    “All go!” 90 minutes between North Texas and Houston. There’s fast connectivity to whatever you want. Movies…TV… …even updates on your itinerary. And as you order stuff on board, we’ll tally up and send receipts to your device. As you get closer… your device is tracking. Lining up your ride and other info for your arrival. Then…you’re there! A morning fire drill turned into a noon meeting. And the return?
    Just as easy! Amazingly, getting you back well ahead of pickup. 90 minutes across Texas. It’s the smarter…safer….and faster way across Texas.

    Is America Finally On Track With High-Speed Rail? | The B1M
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    Is America Finally On Track With High-Speed Rail? | The B1M

    October 17, 2019


    The United States is home to the largest rail
    network in the world, with an operating route length of around 150,000 kilometres. But despite its vast size, approximately 80% of
    the system is used for moving freight, with most of the country’s population preferring
    to drive or fly when travelling domestically. For decades the US has been trying to introduce
    high-speed rail systems that would rival existing networks in Asia and Europe, and that would get
    more people out of their cars and onto trains. Progress, however, has been slow. In California,
    a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco is currently under construction,
    but the project has suffered numerous setbacks. Now in Texas, another high-speed line has
    moved one step closer to becoming a reality, and looks set to be the first in the country
    to be completed. If all goes to plan, this would mark the start of a whole new chapter
    in American mobility. With 29 million residents and extending over
    an area of almost 700,000 square kilometres, Texas is the second largest US state by population
    and land mass. It’s also an economic powerhouse – if it
    were its own sovereign country, it would have the tenth highest GDP in the world. However,
    as its economy and population continues to grow, particularly in the southern half of
    the state, transport links are coming under considerable strain. Around 16 million people now travel between
    Houston and North Texas each year and the majority of those journeys are made on a single
    highway – Interstate 45 – where journey times can range from three and a half to five
    and a half hours. The situation is only expected to get worse
    in the coming years, with a 200% increase in traffic along the route projected by 2035. But thanks to a proposed new multi-billion-dollar
    project, using one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly mass transportation
    systems anywhere in the world, Texans may soon be able to make the near-400 kilometre
    trip in less than 90 minutes, but by rail instead of road. Private railroad company Texas Central is
    planning to develop a high-tech new train line that connects North Texas, the
    Brazos Valley and Houston. Following the signing of a USD $14 billion
    deal between Texas Central and contractor Salini-Lane in September 2019, work is now
    scheduled to commence in 2020, with the line expected to become operational in 2026. The aim is to use high-tech Japanese bullet
    trains, which have been running on routes across Japan for several decades and are capable
    of travelling at more than 300 km/h. As well as offering rapid journey times, these
    locomotives are widely admired for their low-impact, eco-friendly design. They use just one eighth
    of the electricity per passenger mile that a typical commercial jet uses, and according
    to a study from the International Union of Railways, high-speed rail can be up to 14
    times less carbon-intensive than car travel. The service is also being presented as a much
    safer alternative to travelling on what has been labelled the second deadliest highway
    in the United States. Japan’s bullet trains
    boast a faultless safety record. In more than 50 years since the first locomotives
    rolled off the production line, there have been zero injuries or loss-of-life accidents
    caused by one of the trains, despite them carrying more than 10 billion passengers in
    that time. While the list of potential benefits may be
    lengthy, there are a number of obstacles to be overcome before work can begin. These range
    from gaining federal approvals to securing the remaining funding from private investors,
    which still stands at billions of dollars. The developers are also facing opposition
    from Texas landowners over the current plans to acquire land along the proposed route.
    There are fears that the line would disrupt the local environment and residents’ way
    of life. In spite of these challenges, there is real
    optimism that they can be overcome in the near future, and that plans to finally bring
    high-speed rail to the United States by the middle of the next decade can be considered
    an achievable target rather than an overly-ambitious one If you enjoyed this video and would like to get more from the definitive video channel for construction, subscribe to The B1M.