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    The Metro Story: How We Move People
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    The Metro Story: How We Move People

    October 17, 2019


    I like to get up early in the mornings
    knowing that I’m gonna be able to help people you help them go home you help
    them to go to work doctor’s appointments I feel like a million dollars when I’m
    able to help somebody and they give you a smile when they see you coming For so many years you know the story has
    been the only way that you can get around LA is by car. We are going to
    change the story of traveling in Los Angeles. This is about a picture for Los
    Angeles County that has different ways for different people to get to the
    things that they want to do I love my job a lot. I go home at the end
    of the day knowing they save a lot of lives and I like to say I treat
    everybody like if it was my own family out there. The goal of first and last smile is to focus
    on those micro conditions that can make or break someone’s decision to take
    transit . We’re looking at the nitty-gritty conditions of the streets
    around our stations, the connections to our communities at a level of detail and
    with an eye that we haven’t turned toward the community in the past. Transportation agencies are morphing
    into much more than just moving people We are not your grandmother’s
    transportation agency. We are beginning to step into leadership voids all over
    the region. We are becoming a non-traditional entity that is an
    economic driver.

    A Train Almost Ruined the Town But Something Saved People
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    A Train Almost Ruined the Town But Something Saved People

    October 17, 2019


    Imagine: You’re on a train, calm, relaxed,
    and enjoying your journey without a care in the world. After all, traveling by train is one of the
    safest ways to get somewhere. But what’s that? You feel it accelerate, and soon it’s already
    moving at breakneck speed, ignoring stop signs, stations, and other trains. You’re pinching yourself in a futile attempt
    to wake up, but it’s no nightmare – you’re on a runaway train! Wait, that really happens? Sure does, and there are plenty of real cases,
    like that of train #1908. It was a cold winter night on January 11,
    2004 when the 5,000-ton freight train was moving along the main Volkhovstroy 2 line
    in Russia’s northwestern Leningrad region, where Saint Petersburg is located. Even though everything seemed to be in order
    at that moment, just a couple of hours before, it looked as if the train wouldn’t be able
    to start its journey at all. (Perhaps that would’ve been for the better
    given how things would turn out later…) The thing is that two people were supposed
    to arrive at the train yard that night: 31-year-old engineer Eduard and his 24-year-old assistant
    Alexander. But when it was time for their shift to begin
    at 11pm, the engineer was nowhere to be seen. After waiting for his co-worker for 15 minutes,
    the assistant decided to inform management. They eventually got hold of Eduard, and the
    engineer simply said that he’d overslept. He ended up arriving on site at 12:15am, making
    him 1 hour and 15 minutes late. Obviously, everybody was severely behind schedule
    now, so the engineer’s standard pre-journey medical check was done in a hurry. But his health readings were normal, and he
    was totally sober. Everything was fine, nothing out of routine
    here, except maybe the fact that instead of his uniform, the man was wearing a suit and
    tie, as if he was going to some important event. But nobody seemed to find that odd… And why would they? After all, the engine driver, although quite
    private, was a disciplined worker. He was just your normal guy, liked football
    and hockey. Perhaps he just had a wedding or something
    to go to after work, and he wouldn’t have time to change. Who knows? In any case, after the doctors gave him the
    green light, the engineer was ready to go. He climbed up into the cab, and that’s when
    his assistant noticed another oddity. Eduard didn’t put a new tape into the train’s
    speedometer, which was a serious violation of the rules. But when asked, Eduard assured his partner
    that everything was ok and started the locomotive. It left the train yard at 12:42am and headed
    for its first station, where it got connected to 58 loaded cars. After the train left the loading station,
    the engineer broke protocol once more by refusing to check if the brake system was working correctly. Again, they were critically behind schedule,
    so nothing seemed too alarming at first. But then… As the train came toward the railway haul
    Volkhovstroy 2 – Kukol’, the station operator reported that there was another train approaching
    the station. Train #1908 was supposed to make way for the
    other locomotive and wait for it to pass. Alexander the assistant confirmed receiving
    this information, and the train started to slow down. But within seconds, the younger man screamed
    in horror when the engineer hit the controls to accelerate! When Alexander tried to bring his co-worker
    to his senses, the much stronger engineer answered back with physical threats. Desperate, the assistant realized that there
    was nothing he could do to prevent what was sure to become one of the most terrible railway
    disasters in history. By that time, the engineer had already switched
    off the cab signaling, which was supposed to inform him about the maximum speed allowed
    on the track. At 2:58am, the train blew through the red
    light at Kukol’ station, careened on a totally unscheduled route, and dashed toward the main
    track. No one could contact the two men inside – the
    train’s radio receiver had been switched off. It was gaining speed, now reaching 60 mph
    (100 kph). Horror-stricken Alexander couldn’t do a thing
    to stop his partner. Eduard, obviously, had lost his mind. Everything changed at Valya station. At 3:02am, when the runaway had already blown
    through the previous stop at Myslino, the Valya station operator came up with the idea
    to cut the power on the line. It was done just seconds before the multi-ton
    train sped past his station. Even though the electricity had been successfully
    cut off, the train kept gaining speed because it was going downhill. Luckily, this descent turned into a steep
    incline about 5 miles (8 km) down the way, and the train’s speed started to drop. At 3:45am, the train finally lost its forward
    momentum and came to a stop. Alexander the assistant immediately saw his
    only chance to escape. He jumped out of the cab and rushed toward
    the nearest station to report the incident. Good thing he got out when he could because
    the train then started to roll back toward Valya station! Remember, it was now on a pretty steep hill. Naturally, the engineer didn’t apply the brakes,
    so the train rolled another 1 mile (1.6 km) in the opposite direction before it came to
    a halt, this time for good. When the police got to the train at 4:14am,
    they discovered the engineer on the floor, completely out of it. The delusional man was taken to the hospital
    for mental health treatment. It was a shocking diagnosis, given that he’d
    passed his previous mandatory psych evaluation in 2003. Well, in any case, thanks to some fast thinking
    on that station operator’s part, this incident didn’t turn into a catastrophe. Had the train continued its crazed path to
    destruction, it would’ve made it to the town of Tikhvin, population: 60,000. Phew! What a story! But I’ve got another one for you, and this
    runaway train might sound a little more familiar. Ever heard of the “Crazy Eights” incident? It happened on May 15, 2001 in northwest Ohio. Locomotive #8888 (hence the nickname) was
    moving a string of 47 freight cars on the Walbridge – Kenton line. Twenty-two of the cars were full, with two
    of them containing thousands of gallons of an extremely hazardous and combustible industrial
    chemical: molten phenol. If a person inhales or digests this stuff,
    or if it comes into contact with the skin, the consequences won’t be pretty. Things were going smoothly until the train’s
    35-year-old engineer noticed that one switch was strangely misaligned. The man decided that since the train was moving
    quite slowly, he’d have more than enough time to get down, fix the switch, and climb
    right back up into his cabin. But as it turned out later, that wasn’t a
    great plan whatsoever. Before the engineer left the cab, he’d set
    the wrong brake. In other words, he didn’t hit the one that
    would keep all the cars locked in place. But that wasn’t the only problem. When the man had applied the brakes, he automatically
    disabled the dead man’s switch. This switch can cut the engine power and stop
    the train if something were to happen to the operator. But these circumstances wouldn’t have led
    to such a huge ordeal if it hadn’t been for the last, dire mistake. When the engineer tried to switch a special
    brake that would’ve slowed the train down to a crawl, he accidentally set the engine
    not to brake but to accelerate! So, here’s the situation: you’ve got a
    super heavy freight train with hazardous chemicals, one functioning brake that’s certainly not
    powerful enough to stop the whole train, and the only human operator is about to disembark. Hmm, let’s see what happens, shall we? When the engineer got to the ground and aligned
    the switch, he immediately tried to get back on board. But the locomotive was already speeding up. The train dragged the man for about 80 feet
    (25 m) before dumping him on the ground and rolling out of the yard to start its 65-mile
    (105 km) journey. On the one hand, the engineer was luckily
    mostly unscathed. On the other hand, a stray train was running
    south at a speed of 51 miles per hour (82 kph) with no one at the controls! You can imagine the turmoil that started as
    soon as the authorities found out about the runaway. At first, they tried to stop the train with
    the help of a portable derailer, but these attempts failed. Then the police started to shoot at the emergency
    switch, which serves to cut off the fuel supply. That didn’t work either because the switch
    had to be pressed for at least a few seconds before the fuel-starved engine would shut
    down. It was then when dispatchers came up with
    a brilliant idea. Locomotive #8391 would wait in ambush for
    the runaway #8888 to approach. There were two crewmembers on that train:
    engineers Jess Knowlton and Terry Forson. When the two of them saw the speeding runaway,
    the chase ensued. Luckily, Knowlton and Forson managed to couple
    onto the freight train’s rear car and began to slow it down. As soon as the runaway’s speed dropped to
    11 mph (18 kph), engineer Jon Hosfeld, who’d been waiting up ahead, managed to climb into
    the cab and shut down the engine. Later, it turned out that the heat and friction
    had completely destroyed the brakes on #8888 after they’d been in use during the whole
    trip. Even though this incident gave everyone involved
    and the public quite a scare, it did end well. And, boy, talk about teamwork makes the dream
    work! Have you ever heard about any other runaway
    trains? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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    Building new high capacity metro trains – jobs for Victorians
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    Building new high capacity metro trains – jobs for Victorians

    October 17, 2019


    Bigger trains for a better Melbourne
    [Title: Bigger trains for a better Melbourne] [Vision: Artist impression of train moving
    along track and through tunnel] Voice over
    From mid-2019, you’ll see bigger, better trains carrying thousands more passengers
    on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines [Vision: Map of Victoria]
    Which is why we’re building them right now, here in Victoria. The High Capacity Metro Trains Project will
    result in 1100 jobs right across the state. [Vision: Manufacturing workers clapping, artist
    impression of train running on line] Suppliers big and small across Victoria are
    staffing up to deliver the biggest train order in Victorian history – 65 high capacity
    metro trains [Vision: 3D wireframe of the train with different
    train components highlighted] There’ll be workers in Morwell, manufacturing
    the traction and key electrical systems The train’s bogie frames are being built
    in Bendigo – putting more people in work Key components are being created in Hallam,
    while in nearby Pakenham East, work has started on the state-of-the-art maintenance Depot
    [Vision: Drone footage of trucks on Depot construction site]
    At the peak of construction, 400 workers will be building the base for 30 of the trains
    and learning cutting edge construction skills to last a lifetime
    [Vision: Workers inside train doing the fit out]
    100 long term staff will be needed for ongoing maintenance
    [Vision: Timelapse footage of construction at Newport – a new factory is being built]
    Over in Newport, there’ll be 175 workers will be on the assembly line, putting the
    parts together to create the next generation trains that a growing Victoria needs
    [Vision: Footage of life size model train – showing exterior and interior. Artist impression of train assembly line]
    At the height of manufacturing, there’ll be one new train being delivered out of Melbourne’s
    west every month – the end result of a seamless, state-wide manufacturing experience
    [Vision: Map of Victoria and world globe. Photo of worker welding]
    The contributions by local businesses across the state will set Victoria up to be a future
    train supplier to Australia and the world– promising more jobs for more Victorians, for
    many more years to come. [Vision: Artist impression of train. Evolution Rail logo]
    Bigger trains for a better Melbourne. Made in Victoria, for Victoria
    [VICTORIA State Government] [Speaker: Authorised by Victorian Government,
    1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

    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.

    What’s New in #OurCounty – New Metrorail Train Rollout
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    What’s New in #OurCounty – New Metrorail Train Rollout

    October 17, 2019


    Have you been on Miami-Dade County’s new ride? Check out the long-awaited, new and improved Metrorail train rolling out and making its debut on this edition of “What’s New in Our County!” Miami-Dade transit riders can now enjoy an improved ride on Metrorail’s new modern rail cars. Here’s an inside look at the first four-car train unveiled at the airport Metrorail station just 20 months after assembly began. This is the first time that a new train goes into service in this system since 1984. This new fleet of trains will mean a more comfortable, more modern, more reliable service to the people that take our mass transit in our Metrorail. The new trains did not come together overnight. Here’s how we got to this point. Before they hit the tracks, the vehicles start off as empties stainless steel car shells. They come from Missouri to Miami-Dade. Car shells move to different work stations during the assembly process right here in our County. Inside Hitachi Rail USA’s plant, workers install floors and windows and miles of wires. Thousands of train parts come together and take shape. This is where the car shells undergo intense water tightness testing to ensure passengers and the inside of the train stay dry during inclement weather. That’s 400 nozzles and 260 gallons of recycled water per minute. From water tests to motor tests and everything in between, the new Metrorail fleet goes through rigorous safety testing at the Hitachi plant and at Miami Dade’s Lehman Center Test Track before rolling out and going into service. This first new train means we’re going to improve reliability of our system start improving the frequency and therefore provide a better service to everyone that uses it. Funded by the half penny surtax from the People’s Transportation Plan, the new rail cars feature high-tech equipment and modern conveniences such as bicycle racks, free WiFi, digital displays, security cameras improved a/c and a new brake system among other improvements. Transit riders can expect to see new vehicles being phased in through February 2019, when the full fleet of 136 new Metrorail cars will be in service. For Miami-Dade TV, I’m Jeanette Perez and that’s what new in our County.

    North West Rail Link
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    North West Rail Link

    October 16, 2019


    >>BARRY O’FARRELL: Look fantastic to be here with the Transport Minister, local MPs, but also the joint venture to announce the awarding of the tunnelling contract for the North West Rail Link.>>BARRY O’FARRELL: Last week in the budget we committed for more than $4 billion to the North West Rail Link.>>BARRY O’FARRELL: Today we’re signing a contract for $1.5 billion which will see tunnel boring machines in the ground starting next year.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: Thank you Premier. Today is a really exciting day for the North West Rail Link.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: It’s an exciting day for everybody who cares about the future of public transport. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: Without the hard work and two years of dedication and focus by this government we wouldn’t have got to where we are today.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: And we’re so pleased and thrilled to announce that we sign the contract for the tunnelling component of this project. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: And today we’ll be turning the first sod for the preparatory works. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: Essentially it takes months and months to make sure that we prepare ourselves for the first tunnel boring machines that will be in the ground next year. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: And that’s what today marks, the beginning of that process.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: But I also want to really talk about the significance of this project because not only is it fantastic for the people of the North West but today’s the start of the rapid transit system for Sydney.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: The North West Rail Link will be the start of a new way of travelling around public transport. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: The North West will be the first part of it and the second part of the project obviously will be the second Harbour crossing under the Harbour. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: So this is a very significant day for the future of public transport. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: We’re a government that came to office saying we would build the North West rail line. >>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: We’re a government that said we would have the tunnel boring machines in the ground by next year.>>GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN: We’re on track and on schedule to do that and I want to thank everybody involved for getting us where we are today.