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    September 16, 2019

    “This train is for St. Pancras
    International.” “Passengers with tickets marked, “Non High-Speed 1″, must change at the next station
    as your ticket will no longer be valid on this service.” “The next station will be Ashford
    International.” “Change here for Mainline services to London Bridge, Charing Cross, Cannon Street
    and London Victoria.”


    New transport in Luxembourg โ€“ Railway station, funicular and tram

    September 15, 2019

    Today, we are in the beautiful country of Luxembourg, specifically in its capital city of Luxembourg. We will look at the three new transport “facilities”, that opened on the 10th of December 2017. At first, we visit the new station of “Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg” on the North Railway from Luxembourg to Ettelbrück, Troisvierges and Belgium. The train approaching here is the 12:20 RE 3762 service to Troisvierges, the northern-most station in Luxembourg. It is an Alstom Coradia Duplex (CFL Class 2200), originally developed for the French SNCF. It is actually running on the wrong track, as trains in Luxembourg also drive on right, unlike its neighbours France and Belgium. Yes, Luxembourgish train guards still blow the whistle, before the train departs. The train is an RE – standing for Regional-Express – which means that it does not stop at all stations. On Saturdays, RE services here run every two hours, but they are complemented by the two-hourly IC train that calls at the same stations, but continues to the Belgian cities of Gouvy, Rivage, Liège and Liers. The station here, Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg, was built to improve the access to the European quarter of Kirchberg, located on top of the hill. Now we are looking northwards. Probably due to the workers seen at the far end of the platforms, trains shortly ran on the left. This train is the 12:29 RB 3512 service to Diekirch. It branches off the main line at Ettelbrück. The train category RB also indicates that train stops at every station along the line. The train is a typical CFL Class 2000 EMU, built by Alstom in the 1990s. Train travel in Luxembourg is very cheap, a day ticket covering all lines costs just 4€ (£3.90, $5). (That’s in second class.) (I have no idea what this loud sound is.) Fast forward a few minutes, the next train arrives. It’s also an RB service with a CFL Class 2000 train. RB 3636 will only have a short way left to its terminus at Luxembourg (City) station. The train carries a lot of passengers from the northern areas of Luxembourg, maybe they want to try out the new connections. Moving a bit backwards, we can now see the funicular, which also opened on the 10th of December. This is the Intercity 110, also going to Luxembourg. The locomotive is Luxembourgish, but the coaches are owned by the Belgian NMBS/SNCB as the train is coming from Liers, province of Liège. The train does not carry a control car, instead, the locomotives run around the train at both terminal stations. Unlike other countries, IC trains are fully integrated into the Luxembourg fare system. The locomotive is part of the CFL 3000 class, built by Alstom in the early 2000s, while the coaches belong to the NMBS/SNCB type “I10”, constructed in the 1980s. Note how the guard’s door closes only when the train starts moving. With this scene, we will leave the railway station and move to the funicular. The funicular, which is also operated by the Luxembourgish state railways CFL, is only 200 m long, but covers a gradient of 197 ‰. Four cabines shuttle back and forth every 3 ½ mins, and can be used for free. The funicular was built to link the railway station in the valley, with the tram and bus stop at the top. Personally, the funicular seemed oversized to me. On the left, you can see buses crossing the Grand Duchess Charlotte Bridge (also “Red Bridge″). At the time of filming, the nature had not yet “healed” from the impact of construction. (*ding, deng, dong*) As you can see, Luxembourg is a very hilly city, with steep streets and large gorges all around the place (*ding, deng, dong*) Note how the cable is pulled down (between the tracks) This cabin is fuller than the others, presumably, a train had just arrived in the valley. (*ding, deng, dong*) With this cabin arriving, we will leave the funicular and move on to the main attraction: THE TRAMWAY! But first, a bus on route 18 to Kockelscheuer arrives at the new transport hub. A tram had already been in service in Luxembourg between 1875 and 1964. The first stage of the new system between “Rout Bréck-Pafendall” and “Luxexpo” is 3.7 km (2.3 mi) long and serves 8 stops. On weekdays it runs every 6 minutes, on Saturdays every 10 minutes, and four times per hour on Sundays. The system is heavily influenced by the French tram renaissance. The section in the city centre, yet to be opened, is to be operated without overhead wiring. This is already true for the turn-around sidings here, where the tracks also have no wiring. The pantograph will drop now: But magically, the tram still continues to go. Skipping a few minutes, the same tram now heads back towards Luxexpo, which it will reach in only 11 minutes. Now, the pantograph rises again. The building on the left is the funicular station. In mid 2018, the tram is supposed to be extended from here across the bridge to Limpertsberg. Later, further extensions to the city centre, the central railway station, Bonnevoie, Howald, Gasperich Cloche d’Or and the airport are also planned. The corridor between the ”Ville Haute” city centre and the railway station is currently one of the most busy bus corridors anywhere. Lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 28, 30, 31 plus regional buses currently operate between these two areas at a very high frequency. After the opening of the tramway, the bus network on the Kirchberg was also redrawn. Buses now avoid the Avenue John F. Kennedy, where the tram runs, and instead use the Boulevard Konrad Adenauer. A Citaro articulated bus is seen here on route 125/1 to Hollerich P+R Bouillon, while a “Multiplicity” branded bus runs in the opposite direction. Finally, the tram has finished picking up passengers, and departs. We will wait for the buses just turning towards us. The first is on route 7 to Pulvermühl Hammerdällchen. Let’s take a look inside the tram. (*Alphonse Weicker*) (*Alphonse Weicker*) The interior is designed quite futuristically, but the seats are very plastic-y and uncomfortable. I do like the metal grabpoles though, if you’re standing centrally, it makes a really cool look. Most tram stops are equipped quite spartanically with small shelters and benches only. The travel comfort is very good, although this might just be because the tram still has a very straight and uninterrupted route. (*Nationalbibliothéik – Bibliothèque nationale*) (*Nationalbibliothéik – Bibliothèque nationale*) Let’s exit the tram again and take a look outside. On the entirety of the opened route, the tram has its own right-of-way. There used to be a bus lane here. I like these grassy tram tracks more, though. Also, all (or most) crossings, incl. pedestrian ones, are secured by tram traffic lights. In the rear, two trams meet at Nationalbibliothéik – Bibliothèque nationale stop, where a new national library is being built. Also note how the road signs in Luxembourg are a strange mix of French and German signs. (I don’t know what the 68 in the tram’s destination board is standing for, also, an l is missing in “Pafendall”. This is the “Universitéit” stop, which serves, as you might have guessed, the university’s Kirchberg campus. Due to the weather, this film looks quite grim, however this is actually a really pleasant area. I kind of have the feeling, that Luxembourgish trams stop at tram stops for an usually long time. From the same location in the other direction, we can see another tram coming. The trams were built by the Spanish company “Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles” (CAF) and belong to the Urbos 3 family. Similar vehicles also run in Belgrade, Birmingham, Budapest, Edinburgh, Freiburg (Breisg), Stockholm, Sydney or Tallinn. (I know, the beginning of this scene is very blurry) (*Coque*) (*Coque*) You’re currently looking at the “Arboretum Parc Central”. And this is “D’Coque”, named after its cockle form, the largest sports centre of Luxembourg. And with this departure, we come to the end of this film Thank you all for watching!


    Newsom is right to scale back the bullet train, and its good politics too Los Angeles Times

    September 15, 2019

    Newsom is right to scale back the bullet train, and its good politics too Los Angeles Times If anyone thought that Gov. Gavin Newsoms administration would merely be an extension of fellow Democrat Jerry Browns, that notion has been completely obliterated. Browns and before him Arnold Schwarzeneggers humongous Los Angeles to San Francisco bullet train was always a pipedream. And in his first State of the State address Tuesday, Newsom . Lets level about the high speed rail, Newsom told a joint session of the Legislature. I have nothing but respect for Gov. Browns and Gov. Schwarzeneggers vision . But lets be real. The project as planned would cost too much and 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, Newsom said of the original route promised voters, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were. However, Newsom continued, we do have the capacity to complete a high speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. Now, I know that some critics will say this is a train to nowhere. But thats wrong and offensive. The people of the Central Valley endure the worst air pollution in America as well as some of the longest commutes in the state. And they have suffered too many years of neglect from policymakers here in Sacramento. They deserve better. … Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield and communities in between are more dynamic than people realize. Aside from the economic pragmatics of sidetracking an unaffordable dollar 77 billion project, its good politics for a liberal Democrat to reach out to a core Republican region where more than half the counties voted for President Trump in 2016. Newsom never seriously considered junking the whole project. Much has already been spent. If the state just walked away, it would owe the federal government dollar 3.5 billion in seed money. Might as well complete the route from Merced to Bakersfield and try to get something out of it, the new governor concluded. Otherwise, he explained to the lawmakers, We will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises, unfulfilled commitments and lawsuits to show for it. President Trump tweeted Wednesday that Newsoms action means that California owes the feds dollar 3.5 billion and . But the presidents facts were wrong. As usual. Bullet train dreamers have always argued that California is the fifth largest economy in the world, so theres no reason it cant afford to build a high speed rail system. Smaller countries have. Thats rubbish. California is a state. It doesnt print money. It must balance its budget books annually. Those other bullet train builders are nations and they usually partner with private enterprise. No private investor is interested in Californias project. While campaigning for governor last year, Newsom said hed scale back Browns two big legacy infrastructure projects: the bullet train and monstrous twin water tunnels in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta. And thats what he did Tuesday. Newsom rejected the dollar 17 billion twin tunnels idea, but said as promised that he supports a compromise single tunnel. Theres a lesson here: Newsom might be worth listening to. At least on the train and tunnels, he wasnt just some politician blowing smoke. In October, the candidate told me he was optimistic thered be enough money to build the line from Merced to San Jose through the Pacheco Pass. People could live in the affordable San Joaquin Valley and commute to high paying tech jobs in the Silicon Valley. But there was no specific mention of a valley to valley line in Tuesdays speech. That was left open to speculation. Look, we will continue our regional projects north and south, he said. Well connect the revitalized Central Valley to other parts of the state and continue to push for more federal funding and private dollars. But lets just get something done once and for all. Legislators interpreted that differently. Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson, a former Fresno mayor and longtime bullet train critic, said: Weve known for quite some time theres only enough money for a rump railroad between Bakersfield and Merced. The governor confirmed it. He sounded bitter. This experiment has essentially collapsed, he said. Weve lost thousands of acres that should be returned to agriculture folks. Weve got blight land nobody wants anymore, weve got squatters, got trash, junk. Its a mess. California owes Fresno what it takes to make us whole. But Sen. Cathleen Galgiani D Stockton , who originally authored the high speed rail legislation that was eventually approved by voters, saw a glass half full. In no way do I believe the governor was saying, Thats it, were done, Galgiani said, adding that she personally confirmed this with Newsom. Hes saying instead of focusing on six different segments at once, lets get this one done. When the dollar 15 billion Merced to Bakersfield route is completed, she added, the governor or his successor can take it another step. Anyway, Galgiani said, shes excited about the train coming to Merced. Because from there, riders will be able to connect with a commuter train to San Jose over the Altamont Pass into the East Bay. That commuter train currently only goes to Stockton. But as part of a gas tax backroom deal two years ago, Brown provided dollar 400 million to extend the rail line 61 miles to Merced. Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanfords Hoover Institution and a former speech writer for Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, said, Im going to give Newsom credit. He did something Jerry Brown was not capable of. And that is admitting the obvious about high speed rail. Newsoms message: Theres a new conductor in town.


    Denver man alive after being dragged under light rail train

    September 15, 2019

    all right thank you Sam new video in this morning truly terrifying just want to give you a heads up but a man miraculously survived here after being dragged under a light rail train up in Denver a train slammed him in wow this is unbelievable let’s take a look here the video shows Sam Hines being taken for a terrifying ride the ordeal all started when he tried to get off the train with his bicycle he struggles then the train starts moving there it goes and Sam loses his balance falls under the train all the way at first but then a debris guard pushes him out from under those heavy steel wheels he had fractured left clavicle he broke his fourth and eleventh ribs and he also had fractures at t2 and t3 in his spine well Sam was dragged about 35 feet before the train stopped an RT d spokesperson said the driver should have noticed him Sam’s lawyer and RTD are negotiating a settlement to try to keep the case out of court

    CAR vs BIKE vs TRAIN – We found the FASTEST way through LA Traffic
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    CAR vs BIKE vs TRAIN – We found the FASTEST way through LA Traffic

    September 15, 2019

    – Los Angeles is known for
    its incredible car culture. But is the car really the
    best way to get around? Well today, we’re gonna be racing through rush hour traffic, in
    the city with the worst traffic in the entire country. I’ve got my car, Zach’s got his bike, Raghav is gonna be taking
    public transportation. ‘Cause he doesn’t own a car or a bike and he’s the only one we
    found who would do it. Racing 13.6 miles from downtown LA to our office in Santa Monica, this is car versus bike versus public transportation. (car engine starting) (bike helmet clipping) – Let’s do it.
    – Yeah. – Oh wait, are we going for real? – Alright, I guess this is it. – Alright. – Start us off Nolan,
    give us the countdown. – Okay, three, two, one. (car roaring) – Raghav, have a great day at school. – Oh camera’s rolling, oh
    geeze, Zach just passed me. Zach just passed me. – We’re here at the office
    and we’re gonna track the guy’s progress with
    this state of the art lap top computer and
    global positioning systems that each of them have
    on their cellphones. – This guy just walkin’ through. – Nolan has moved two
    feet, looks like he hit some traffic right away. – It’s called a cross walk. – Yesterday I was like, I
    don’t really care if I win, right now I really wanna beat Nolan. – My car 2006 Mustang GT,
    save your crowd jokes, I don’t wanna hear ’em,
    I’ve heard ’em all before. (upbeat music) – I’m just tryna time the lights right now as best as I can. – I’m using Google Maps which is giving me the fastest route. (upbeat music) It’s not hard to see why
    people like driving their car to work, you know,
    you got your own music you can listen to, you got
    your climate control, and you can kinda just
    have your own space. Totally forgot dude, I got pizza. – Ridin’ a bike, you get
    immersed with the locals, see your neighbors. What’s up? – Hell yeah, pineapple
    and ham, again, save your jokes, I love pineapple and ham. – What’s up man? What’s up? – It’s like hating on
    Bruno Mars, you know, he’s a great musician. (train passing) (crowd chattering) – Or maybe we lost Raghav
    ’cause he’s underground. Ooh, Nolan and Zach, neck and neck. That’s not, that doesn’t
    bode well for Zach. That doesn’t. – I have no clue where I am. – I’m excited, this is really fun, this is the most fun I’ve
    had sitting in traffic. – Unless something happens, I
    think Nolan just passed Zach. – Let’s give Zach a call. – I think I’m gonna call Nolan soon. (phone ringing) What’s up Nolan. – Zach, how are ya? – Good dude, where you at? – Probably east of Culver I think. I’m pretty comfortable, got the AC on, I’m feelin’ good man. Yeah I think that the
    final stretch is gonna be key I think. I realize I was using my
    phone while I’m driving. Not supposed to do that. It’s dangerous. – I like when people are
    like, ah man, I’d move to LA but how do you guys deal with the traffic? That’s where Nolan is right now. – C’mon. – Zach didn’t have to make any turns. Zach is just like whew. – Wonder how Raghav’s doin’. (upbeat techno music) (upbeat music) – Why is everyone on the road? What are you doing, going to work? With your jobs. (super fast zooming) – No, no, no. I’m legit like stressing
    out (laughing) over this. – Five minutes away. – Err, oh my-are you kidding me? That would’ve been Raghav’s train. No dude, no. – [Train Announcer] Now
    arriving Expo Sepulveda Station. – Five minutes, goin’ crazy. (upbeat music) – Did I win? – Yeah. – Ahh. – You just smoked him. – Dude I’m exhausted, like I
    need to go home and shower. (laughing) Yeah I need drive back. – Agh, well done, well done. 10 is just like you change lanes, ’cause one’s faster and then it just becomes slow immediately. – Yeah. (applause) – We actually clap for
    Raghav, everyday when he comes into work, I dunno how the joke started. (laughing) – The takeaway is I think
    the bike is probably I won’t say the best.
    – Fastest. – The fastest way to get around LA. – During rush hour.
    – During rush hour. But you get really sweaty. Public transit is really
    cheap, but it takes a while. – Cars, you gotta spend
    a lot of money on gas, but it is comfortable. – [Crewman] And insurance. – And insurance and
    everything else, but I think the best way to get around
    LA, is on a motorcycle. (laughing) – So Zach forgot his helmet
    and we knew we couldn’t make a video of him, with
    him not wearing a helmet so Eddie did this commute twice. – [Nolan] Yeah. – To go get Zach’s helmet from his house. – Especially in La, it
    never rains and you can split lane so, it’s basically the best. Thanks for watchin’
    please like this video, tell us in the comments
    about your commute, we’d love to hear about
    it, maybe we should make more motorcycle videos. – I guess we have to go to work now. – Yeah (laughing) yeah dang.

    Sonoma-Marin SMART Train Zips You Between San Rafael And Petaluma
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    Sonoma-Marin SMART Train Zips You Between San Rafael And Petaluma

    September 15, 2019

    WE’RE GETTING A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE NORTH BAY’S NEW SMART TRAIN SERVICE WILL BE LIKE… THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO HOP ON FOR A FREE PREVIEW RIDE TOMORROW.. BUT OUR EMILY TURNER GOT A FIRST LOOK TODAY.. SHE’S LIVE IN SAN RAFAEL. EMILY? NATS Rush hour on 101 has been the bane of north bay drivers for years. but now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. (show tunnel) Each SMART train can carry 300 people. the full route will run ten stops from San Rafael to Santa Rosa at speeds of up to 79 miles an hour. but it’s launch is more than six months late and plenty of would-be passengers feel like the project has moved in slow motion. take sot Farhat Mansourian /General Manager SMART “it takes time because of youre safety so just have petience with us we are almost there.” stand up “so just how much faster is this than dring?” NATS but it’s not all celebratory bells (nats) and whitsles(nats). Those sound effects have been the focus of debate in towns along the tracks seeking quiet zones—-the train is still waiting on a full OK from the federal railroad association to begin anything more than showcase routes—and the 500 million dollar plus project is still dealing with doubters, especially when it comes to 38 million MORE it’ll be spending to extend south to larkspur, close the ferry terminal. paul cunningham/ lives near tracks “the fact that you same time by taking a train to a bus and bus to a ferry and a ferry to the city and that will attract people is really stupid.” you can ride limited times and routes free as the public tomorrow, Saturday and Tuesday. AND EMILY, ANY IDEA WHEN THE TRAINS GO TO A FULL SCHEDULE? THANKS EMILY. DEVELOPING NEWS IN THE SOUTH

    India’s Bullet Train –  Everything You MUST Know. Is India Ready?
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    India’s Bullet Train – Everything You MUST Know. Is India Ready?

    September 14, 2019

    Hey yo What is Up Beautiful People hope you Guys are having a Fantastic day Let’s Get straight Into the news. On 14th of September PM Narendra Modi along With Japanese Counterpart Shinzo Abe a Laid The foundation of The Much Hype Ahmedabad mumbai High-speed bullet train Project so Here’s Everything you Need to know Let’s start off with the cost of the project. The project will cost India an estimated 1.1 Lakh crore rupees or 17 billion u.s dollars and the bullet train is expected to make its first run on 15th of august 2022. The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to fund 81% of the projects total cost through A 50 year Loan at 0.1% interest rate. So how fast does the bullet train travel?the train will run at an average speed of 320 km/h and can Hit Maximum Speeds of Up to 350 km per hour. it is said that the train will cover the distance Between Mumbai and Ahmadabad in two hours And 58 minutes if it halts At 10 stations. Currently The fastest train running in this Sector is the Duronto Express Which Takes 6 Hours and 15 Minutes to reach Mumbai central from Ahmadabad running At a maximum speed of 130 Kilometers per hour. The train will cover 508 Kilometers and Nearly 92% of This Route Will be Elevated 6% Will Go Through Tunnels and The Remaining 2% Will be on land. A 21 Kilometer Long Tunnel Will Be Dug Between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai with 7 kilometers of stretch under sea. What is the technology behind the High-speed bullet train? The bullet train in India Will be based on Japan’s Famed Shinkansen Network Which is Known for its cutting-Edge technology and its Punctuality . The Shinkansen Uses an Automatic train Control System and dedicated tracks hence trains running on the network are extremely punctual and have an Impeccable Safety record Now for the most important question What’s the ticket fare going to be? It is said that the bullet train Will have Two categories of Seats Executive and economy With The Tickets being in the range of 3,000 to 5,000 Rupees’s. As PM Narendra modi Launched the ambitious bullet train Project Insisting It Will Bring convenience and Safety, employment and Speed he was bombarded with criticism by friends and Foes alike. The Main opposition Congress Called The Ahmadabad – Mumbai High-speed train an Election bullet train Project Launched with an Eye on the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls. BJP’s allies Shiv sena said it might be a dream Project of Modi but not for the common Man. so is India really ready for the bullet train? Something That Really Bothers me is the state of the Ordinary trains we have in the country? Last Month Alone Five Trains have come off the tracks in India, three on the same day. The Accidents One of Which Killed 23 People Have Renewed Warnings that The Basic infrastructure of One of The World’s biggest Railway Networks is Dangerously underfunded. In India The tracks are still Checked manually and The system is reliant on People With One person having to cover up to Hundred and Hundred and Fifty Kilometers of tracks, which tells you that the Technology is Way behind. A Report from Philipcapital found That It Would take 65 billion us dollars Which is Equal to four Years off the Railways capital Budget Just to complete the projects Which are Currently pending Being Farsighted is essential But Should We Take care of The Existing problems first Well these are My Thoughts but i’d love To hear What you Guys Think so hit me up in the comments down Below. So with that we come to the end of this episode Guys iF you enjoyed It please don’t forget to Slap a like and if you Haven’t Subscribed to the family yet please do subscribe also the other day we Hit a Hundred Subscribers. so i’d personally like to thank each and Every one of You for being Part of the family,for supporting me Thank you so much Guys It Wouldn’t be possible without you and i hope you Guys continue this Journey with me for a long time to go. So, yeah i guess i’m going to wrap it up with that and i’ll see you on the next episode till then it’s Goodbye for me you