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    Trains and Regional Transit by bsquiklehausen | Modded Tutorial | Cities: Skylines
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    Trains and Regional Transit by bsquiklehausen | Modded Tutorial | Cities: Skylines

    January 16, 2020

    Hi everyone! My name is bsquiklehausen. Thanks to Paradox Interactive, I’m here for a third video to talk transit and
    how you can use it best in your cities in Cities: Skylines A few previous videos
    on this channel have focused on different types of transit in your
    cities. So be sure to watch Some Fairlife Milk’s video on vanilla and console
    transit, and my previous two videos on low and high capacity transit, all right
    here on this channel. Links will be in the description for all of them, and
    they’re probably in the top right corner of this video around now as well. For the
    last part of this transit mini-series we’re gonna be mostly be talking trains.
    By default, trains have the largest capacity of any single vehicle in the
    game with each holding 240 riders But with custom trains that number can get much higher. The downside to all this capacity is the land that trains take up.
    While you could tunnel under much of your city to avoid knocking down too many
    buildings, train stations have an enormous footprint even for just the
    small one that only serves two tracks this makes it really hard to get really
    good service coverage with trains alone Train lines can also share tracks with
    freight trains and regional trains while both of those can have enormous benefits that could also clog up your rail network So separate systems or careful
    planning is essential Of course, separate systems take up even more space which makes this disadvantage of trains even more clear. Where trains are most useful
    though, is regional transport Trains should make limited stops almost
    entirely beyond the range of your city center and metro network with each train
    station at the center of a small, low-capacity transit network to serve the
    neighborhood that surrounds it Using the massive multi platform train stations
    from the Mass Transit DLC makes this kind of network even easier since you
    can easily make a hub between the different branches of your commuter
    system, with each service getting its own platform, helping to alleviate train
    traffic on the lines. The sheer size of them is mitigated somewhat by the number
    of connections, but it’s still a huge piece of infrastructure to design your
    city around. Commuter trains are great for high-density, transit oriented
    development around the stations, but make sure there’s at least some sort of noise
    barrier between the tracks and some people’s houses, or it
    can get too noisy to live close to the station If your outlying areas aren’t
    really suited for full high-capacity train service, you could take a lot of
    these principles and swap the vehicle out for a bus, transforming it into a
    commuter bus. While sacrificing a lot of capacity-competitive trains, a commuter
    bus is the distinct advantage of being able to make multiple stops both in the
    town it’s coming from and the city it’s going to The best stop layout for this
    is a short line of one to two stops in the originating town and then a couple
    stops in the destination city as well with very few or no stops between the
    two at all. These express buses can use your highway network for movement, or to be
    more efficient, can use a dedicated road making them basically teeny tiny little
    trains that drive around city streets at the ends of their routes. The best way to
    make sure that an area is set up for regional transit is to build the transit
    network out first and then zone higher densities nearest to the station. It’s
    how we built a lot of these towns in real life and it’s very effective for
    letting people get to where they need to go without a car. With trains or commuter
    buses serving the furthest reaches of your map metros, and rapid surface
    transit linking your urban areas, and local buses and trams serving your
    suburbs, you’re very well set up for a transit focused city with little car use.
    But these systems don’t work well unless they work together. Making sure that you
    have good, close transfer points between your different systems and
    different lines is an incredibly effective way of making sure that your
    transit systems are used. Having a set of separate systems can be just as bad as
    not having any system built because when nobody’s riding your buses they
    just add to the traffic and cost you money Creating good transit is both an
    art and a science and the optimal network and layout can often take the
    form of many different things. Using the data views and the route query to find
    out where your sims are coming from and going to can help make sure that you
    serve them with the transit network that can rival or even exceed what we have in
    real life. So now that you’re a transit expert I want to thank you all very much
    for watching these videos. Be sure to subscribe to the Cities: Skylines Official
    channel for more tutorials from all sorts of creators, me included. And if you’re
    interested in transit, come on over to my channel bsquiklehausen as well.
    Thanks again and happy building!

    40th Anniversary: The New Bus Network Is An Overnight Success
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    40th Anniversary: The New Bus Network Is An Overnight Success

    January 7, 2020

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    Riding Houston METRORail from Texas Medical Center to Downtown
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    Riding Houston METRORail from Texas Medical Center to Downtown

    January 6, 2020

    Welcome to Texas Medical Center (TMC) Transit Center. I am heading to the rail station via the sky bridge. Then take the METRORail Red line to Downtown Houston (going north). Crossing over the skybridge. Fun Fact: TMC is one of the largest medical center in the world. Another bus terminal. Facing southeast of Houston. I’m heading down to the rail platform. Arriving METRORail Red line (north bound). Friday morning rush hour. At the background, there is a blue bus called “Quickline”. Quickline is a service that bypass several bus stops. It’s kind-of like an express local bus. Leaving TMC Transit Center. Going under Holcombe underpass. Leaving the TMC District. At the background is Rice University. Entering the Museum District. Entering Midtown. Entering Downtown Houston.

    Houston METRORail – Central Station – Downtown Houston Texas
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    Houston METRORail – Central Station – Downtown Houston Texas

    January 3, 2020

    Exiting the METRORail Red Line This is Central Station-Main. METRORail Red Line stops at Central Station-Main. METRORail Green & Purple Lines (eastbound) stops at Central Station-Rusk I am walking south of the platform. And then will turn left on Rusk Street. And walk east to Central Station-Rusk (one city block over). The right-side of the platform is METRORail Red Line, heading south to Midtown, Zoo, Museum, Texas Medical Center, and the football stadium. This street intersection is Rusk Street and Main Street. Walking towards Central Station-Rusk Eastbound Platform. Approaching Central Station-Rusk. This intersection is Rusk Street and Fannin Street. I am tapping my fare card on the card reader. [Next train arriving one minute Palm Center Transit Center [Purple Line]] Please stand back from the platform edge. [Please stand back from the platform edge Purple line train arriving Palm Center Transit Center Please stand back from the platform edge]

    LA Metro Rail to Orange County? 🍊  Future Transit USA
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    LA Metro Rail to Orange County? 🍊 Future Transit USA

    January 2, 2020

    Hey everybody, thanks for tuning in to
    Los Angelist. Today we’re going to look at a historic abandoned Pacific Electric
    Railway line being brought back to life by the County of Los Angeles; Metro’s
    planned West Santa Ana branch light rail line, which will eventually connect
    downtown Los Angeles to Cerritos and Artesia by bringing yet another one of
    our region’s numerous abandoned former Pacific Electric interurban rail lines
    back to life and could eventually even connect Metro Rail to the terminus of
    the already funded streetcar being constructed in the cities of Santa Ana
    and Garden Grove, well beyond the LA County Line all the way to the
    intersections of Harbor & Westminster boulevards in Orange County. The mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has included a proposal to complete this line as far as
    Cerritos and Artesia in time for the 2028 Olympics. However
    today I’d like to dive into this project a little deeper than has been done
    previously and actually look at the long term prospect of connecting Orange
    County to Los Angeles County via Metro Rail. Now while I personally have some
    profound policy disagreements with the Orange County Board of Supervisors on a
    number of issues, namely approaches to immigration enforcement and homelessness
    which I could personally only describe as cruel, but on the matter of how best
    to reestablish the long-lost light rail link between Southeast LA County and
    Central Orange County, one of Orange County’s five Republican County
    Supervisors has made a point that is absolutely correct and deserves to be
    recognized. In an article published in The Voice of OC late last year, fourth
    District Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson was quoted as saying: “Us doing
    things one off and on our own is not a great idea. I think the smart approach is
    to tie in to the vast network that LA has already put a lot of investment into” and that doing so “might be a great way to troll for some dough from the federal
    government”. Not only are Supervisor Nelson’s comments absolutely correct;
    Money does tend to flow to shovel-ready projects that have already completed the
    required environmental and social impact studies, they also show that supervisor
    Nelson and his staff have actually put some serious thought into this and done
    their homework so to speak. Not too long ago this piecemeal approach that Nelson
    laments was used to, of course, spend 1 billion dollars in Orange County
    taxpayer dollars to widen the 405 freeway which, of course, only made
    traffic worse due to induced demand because the primary effect of widening a
    road is not to improve traffic flow as is often falsely claimed but rather to
    actually cause additional people to make the decision to drive in the first place
    instead of walking or taking transit. If OCTA had taken a more comprehensive
    regionally minded approach to reducing traffic gridlock on the 405 they would
    not have been able to ignore the fact that another 1 billion dollars had only
    recently been wasted doing the exact same thing to the 405 in Los Angeles
    County where it also caused traffic to become even worse. For those of us
    keeping track that’s 2 billion taxpayer dollars that have been spent just on
    those 2 freeway widenings; a catastrophic waste of public resources that has not
    even benefited those who actually have to drive on the 405 each day, but I
    digress. Through such reckless failures of
    governance as the harmful and costly impulse to continually widen area
    freeways, it has become abundantly clear that a more effective and cooperative
    regional approach to addressing the transit needs of those who commute
    between Los Angeles and Orange Counties each day is warranted.
    And, just as we did with our recent successful effort to improve service
    frequency on Metrolink by 2028; That’s where you come in. Separate into state
    from 2016’s Measure M in Los Angeles County, Orange County also has the
    transit funding sales tax, also called measure M. If you agree that an ambitious, unified and coordinated approach to solving Los Angeles and Orange County’s
    shared traffic woes is desperately needed, the Orange County Board of
    Supervisors needs to hear from you as soon as possible. Specifically, they need
    to hear that supervisor Shawn Nelson was indeed right to suggest that Metro Rail
    should be used to reconnect Los Angeles and Orange counties, and that they should take action and seek funding for a Metro rail connection between Los Angeles and
    Orange County using the same historic route as the old Pacific Electric red
    cars did right up until the bitter end in 1950.
    In addition to 4th district supervisor Shawn Nelson, who you should absolutely
    call and thank for suggesting this idea in the first place, Orange County is represented by four other County Supervisors who need to
    hear from you that they should help fund an extension of Metro Rail to Harbor &
    Westminster Westminster Boulevards in Orange County. Extending Metro Rail to Orange County would give the two counties of Los Angeles and
    Orange something to share in common other than bad traffic and good surfing,
    and such a unified two-county approach would have the added bonus of providing
    infrastructure friendly politicians at the state and federal levels with a
    larger and more politically useful target for future funding since, as Metro
    CEO Phil Washington often likes to point out, government funding tends to flow to
    projects that have completed studies and are already ready to break ground,
    because there is practically nothing our politicians seem to enjoy more than a
    good photo op with a hard hat and a shovel. And who can blame them?
    Trains rule! So give your Orange County Supervisors
    the opportunity to earn a well-deserved photo op with a hardhat and a shovel.
    Tell them that you are sick and tired of sitting in traffic on the freeway and
    that you demand that Orange County takes action to fund the expansion of Los
    Angeles metro rail into Orange County. As usual, don’t worry about which specific
    supervisorial district you live in. Despite the Orange County County Board
    of Supervisors being quite literally in charge of everything that happens in
    Orange County, period, very few people actually even pay attention to what the
    supervisors are up to, so when you call in with a well-informed demand for the
    expansion of Metro Rail into Orange County you should expect gold star
    service from your elected representatives. Far fewer people
    actually bother to contact these powerful local officials than you might
    expect so those of us who actually take the time to call our County Supervisors
    tend to have a disproportionate influence on the supervisors decisions.
    In other words the squeaky wheel really does get the oil. Well, thanks again for
    tuning in to Los Angelist and of course thanks to everyone who let me use their
    stuff! Links in the description. And also in the description you will find
    up-to-date phone numbers for all five Orange County Supervisors right down
    there in the description as well. Call all five if you have a minute! Snd of
    course please like, share and subscribe. Oh and hey, one last thing before you go.
    Those of you who have been following Los Angelist for a while may have noticed
    that I started a Patreon blog last week where I’ve begun posting maps and
    information about my future videos and activism efforts. The reason I’ve done
    this is because after spending the past year or so making videos like this and
    speaking up for transit improvements at public meetings in my free time, and
    especially after my Metrolink video and your letters and phone calls to County
    Supervisors resulted in a real legislative commitment to increase the
    number of daily Metrolink trains on most lines by 2028, it has become clear to me
    that advocating for improved rail and bus service right here in LA and
    throughout the Americas is the closest thing I have found to a true calling in
    life. The problem is, you can’t eat model trains, so I’ve made a Patreon in hopes
    of being able to commit myself full-time to making videos like this one. Try and
    imagine a year-round political campaign with no candidate and where everybody
    has to be respectful of one another and the only campaign issue is a thunderous
    demand for more transit and better transit in every place that needs it.
    That’s what I’m going for. So of course thank you so much to my first three patrons on Patreon, Aziz, Brian and Robert for breaking the ice! I hadn’t actually
    expected anyone to notice my Patreon blog before I had had a chance to at
    least promote it in one of my videos, so the fact that the three of you hopped on
    board before even that means more to me than you could possibly ever know. Thanks again for watching! Please join the public transit revolution at Please like and subscribe!

    New Blue Improvements Project — South Closure
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    New Blue Improvements Project — South Closure

    December 29, 2019

    Metro has begun closing portions of the Blue Line in two phases between January and September 2019 to make major improvements. During the SOUTH CLOSURE, Blue Line Service is closed between Downtown Long Beach Station and Willowbrook Rosa Parks Station from January to late May 2019. Here at Metro, we understand that this is big and appreciate your patience. We’re offering several bus shuttles to all Blue Line stations during closures to help make it as painless as possible. Look for signs like these and friendly Metro Rail Safety Ambassadors at Blue Line stations to help you get where you need to go. Learn more about closure schedules and Metro’s shuttle options at A better Blue Line is coming. Plan ahead and share this video with everyone you know who rides the Blue Line.

    Houston METRO Bus 244 Gulf Freeway Commute
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    Houston METRO Bus 244 Gulf Freeway Commute

    December 27, 2019

    Leaving Downtown Houston and heading towards to Eastwood Transit Center (south of Houston). [Pierce at Jackson] The bus is turning left to get on the IH-45 Express Lane. Bus is heading towards the IH-45 Express Lane Entrance Ramp. IH-45 Express Lane (heading south) will take you to south of Houston, Clear Lake, NASA (Space Center), and Galveston. [Eastwood Transit Center] In Eastwood Transit Center, a passenger can take a free shuttle bus to the University of Houston. Exiting IH-45 Express Lane and heading towards Eastwood Transit Center.

    Happy 40th Birthday METRO!!!
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    Happy 40th Birthday METRO!!!

    December 27, 2019

    Hi. I’m Tom Lambert, President and CEO of METRO
    and I’ve been here almost since the beginning. I joined the Agency in 1979 – its first
    full year of operation, as a security investigator. I’m proud of what we do, how we do it, our
    people, the tenacity of Texans and of this place we call home — where I was born and raised. You know, the heart of Houston, Harris County
    is legendary. We’re a community in motion. A region known for great diversity. Inspired by technology. Fueled by determination, and focused on the
    future. For your home, our home. Moving at the speed of life. Help us celebrate our 40 years of service,
    to you.