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    Sound Transit Ambassadors: Here to help
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    Sound Transit Ambassadors: Here to help

    December 12, 2019

    Right now, our system
    is expanding and with that comes a lot
    of changes a lot of construction and we understand that’s gonna
    impact our rider’s commute. Because of these changes, we have our Sound Transit
    staff out there helping our riders
    navigate through the system, and that is the
    Ambassador Program. My name is Sandee Ditt and I help manage the
    Ambassador Program here at Sound Transit. You’ll see Sound Transit
    Ambassadors at park-and-rides, in our stations You might see us at some
    fairs and festivals
    around the region. You also might see us
    at Husky games helping with the crowds. Everywhere you see a teal vest that’s where a Sound Transit
    Ambassador would be
    all along our system. Pretty much everyone at
    Sound Transit is a Sound Transit Ambassador. So it can be anyone from an IT specialist an administrative assistant a manager, an engineer, everyone here is a
    Sound Transit Ambassador. Getting to work with
    other Ambassadors you get to meet a lot
    of people that you normally
    don’t work with. This is a great program for you to kinda get to know
    your co-worker. With the ST Ambassador Program I’ve managed to make
    many friends many connections and
    it’s kinda really cool. The first thing we look at is
    we find out about what’s happening And then we look at
    how many people
    that’s going to impact. Once we figure that out,
    we start the recruitment. Once we get that
    recruitment going, we have all of
    our shifts filled, we go into the training. And then we make sure that
    we have all the supplies, materials anything that our Ambassadors
    might need to have out in the field that
    they it with them. And that they have the correct
    knowledge about what’s happening. After that, we compile
    everything we bring it back,
    lessons learned, and we make adjustments
    where we need to. Coming up in January 2020 in order for us to connect
    our current light rail line, to our future
    Eastside light rail line, we need to do some
    construction downtown. This construction is for
    10 weeks, starting January 4 and we’re calling it
    Connect 2020. So during this construction everything is going to be a
    little bit different. We’re gonna see a lot of
    ST Ambassadors like me helping riders get
    to where they need to go. That’s where our staff will be
    the front line communications. So you’ll see us out there
    in our teal vests, we’ll be out there answering
    questions, letting you know what you can do in the future
    to make your commute better, how long this is happening we know this is going to be a
    big impact for our riders, we know that there’s going to be
    a lot of changes during this
    period of time and we want to be
    out there with you. As a project manager,
    I like to do this work because I get to connect with riders,
    I get to see what they’re
    looking for I get to talk to them. I get to know and get
    feedback from them. so I can take it back
    to what I do. I only have good things
    to say about Sandee. She is one of the fearless
    leaders that we have for the Ambassador Program. Her and her team have been
    working really hard to make sure that
    we as Ambassadors are ready
    for the work that’s coming up. So I’m really grateful. When you see someone
    out there in a teal vest we’re out there to help. we’re out there to answer
    your questions. We’re gonna make sure
    that you get to where you need
    to go safely.

    A Sneak Peek at Houston’s First Bus Rapid Transit
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    A Sneak Peek at Houston’s First Bus Rapid Transit

    December 10, 2019

    Hi everyone, I’m Clint Harbert, I’m Vice President of System and Capital Planning. A lot of what we do here at METRO is trying to find ways to make life easier for everyone. Listening to what people need and looking for new projects and ways to make METRO move for everyone. And right now we’re working on a new project that METRO has never had. We’re partnering with the Uptown Management Authority to bring you life in the fast lanes. Dedicated bus-only lanes are being built along Post Oak Boulevard. We call it Bus Rapid Transit or BRT for short. It’s really integrating the best of bus and rail. Bringing you the road infrastructure with the flexibility bus service. This makes it easy to hop on and off for shopping, working or just living your life. BRT will run from a new Transit Center near near Westpark in the southwest part of Houston, through Uptown and connecting to a brand new Northwest Transit Center that we’re constructing today. This means quicker connections with Park & Ride services and the planned Texas high speed rail system. It’ll be a game changer for this region, taking us through some of the busiest areas of town. We’ll let you know, when it’s ready to roll.

    METRO Helping Neighbors – Hurricane Harvey
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    METRO Helping Neighbors – Hurricane Harvey

    December 8, 2019

    It was the largest rainfall in US history. The region was under water… and people needed our help. I worked the first responders throughout the night… to evacuate folks young and old, trapped by the flood. So much water… It was hard to tell where the road began or ended. People would cry, laugh, even clap… when they saw us arrive. They called us heroes… but we were just helping our neighbors. It’s what we do…at METRO.


    Clarence Falls in Love with Miami’s Metromover

    December 8, 2019

    Hey everybody, I am in Miami and I have discovered Metromover So what do I like about it first of all, it’s free and I’ve been on it dozens of times already They are small tiny cars. They come often. They’re usually very clean. It’s controlled by robots So there’s no physical driver in the pods It’s twisty and turny and really kind of fun I have a three-year-old and sometimes he gets his train sets out and designs the Coolest little loops to play on and in a way this reminds me of it It arcs through the sky You can shoot some of the greatest footage Of the city from it. As a filmmaker you appreciate some of the unique angles you can get that you normally don’t get Now more than willing to admit the cars and the whole system looks like something out of a Logan’s Run movie Or a 70’s 80’s science-fiction film Or I’ve never come to take the system and found it broken down and that some people complain the stations are less than a minute apart All these things I realize are true, but there’s a certain charm in this system I’ve never ridden anything like it anywhere and I am in love with it

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Purple Line
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    Happy Thanksgiving from the Purple Line

    December 2, 2019

    I’m thankful for another year of life I’m thankful for being a part of this project and being with the Purple Line And thankful for being with my family this year. And have a great Thanksgiving I’m thankful for my health, my family and for the opportunity to work for the Purple Line. I want to thank God for the project, for my job, for life, for my family, for another year. May God continue to bless me. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving! On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for all the men and women who work on the Purple Line for keeping the project safe for all the traveling public and their families. I’m thankful for working for Purple Line. This is my second family, so I’m thankful for working with them. Happy Thanksgiving!

    How Transit Signal Priority works in Toronto
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    How Transit Signal Priority works in Toronto

    November 30, 2019

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could drive around town and tell traffic signals to turn green for you? Well, if you’re driving a TTC streetcar or bus
    in the City of Toronto that’s exactly what happens. Or at least… that’s what happens at the 400 signals equipped with
    Transit Signal Priority (TSP) During busy periods, cars carry an average of 1.2 people each while articulated buses carry an average of 75 people at the busiest point along the route. And streetcars carry an average of 130 people. So a streetcar sitting at a red light for 10 seconds creates the same person-delay as a private car
    sitting for 18 minutes. In order to minimize the time people spend at red lights, it just makes sense to prioritize transit vehicles
    when they’re around. And by adjusting signals in real-time for transit, the signals can still be optimized for other traffic whenever there isn’t a transit vehicle approaching. Prioritizing transit also reduces the subsidy
    required by transit companies. Obviously providing faster service
    will attract more riders and thereby more revenue. But the biggest impact is actually
    a reduction in operating expenses. The number of vehicles required on a transit route
    is based on the round-trip time. For example, if it takes an hour to do a round trip
    and there needs to be 6 streetcars per hour in order to carry the passenger volume, in other words, a streetcar every 10 minutes, we will need 6 streetcars. But if we could reduce the round trip time to 50 minutes it would only take 5 streetcars. That’s one fewer vehicle to purchase, maintain
    and pay drivers to operate. Roughly speaking, cutting the round-trip time by 1/6
    also reduced the operating cost by 1/6 while actually providing faster service
    and the same capacity as before. So how do traffic signals know
    where streetcars and buses are in order to prioritize them? Well, all TTC streetcars and buses
    are equipped with radio transponders which send coded signals under the vehicle. These signals are then picked up
    by rectangular antennas in the road surface commonly known as “loops”. A loop in advance of the intersection lets the transit vehicle request a green light
    at the next signal. While a loop at the intersection lets the signal know that the vehicle
    has entered the intersection so the green light can end. More complex setups also have additional loops to update the signal on the vehicle’s position
    as it approaches the intersection. But when a signal detects
    an approaching transit vehicle it can’t just suddenly turn green. There are minimum intervals
    which need to be respected such as the Flashing Don’t Walk, the Yellow, and the All-Red times. There are also restrictions placed on the system
    by the City of Toronto which limit its impact on other road users. For example, there is a maximum amount that TSP is allowed
    to extend a green light at each intersection. And depending on the intersection, TSP may not be allowed to take every action available to provide a green light to the transit vehicle. At each intersection, the TTC and the City of Toronto negotiate to determine how much priority transit should receive and set the signals parameters accordingly. So just because a signal is equipped with TSP doesn’t mean that transit vehicles all
    get through without delay. At most intersections, the programmed parameters restrict the system enough that some vehicles will still get stopped at red lights. But unlike most other TSP systems in North America, Toronto’s system is technically capable of providing priority strong enough that transit
    vehicles are pretty much guaranteed a green light. And there are some intersections in the city
    where this is the case. In my next video, I’ll explain what Toronto’s TSP system can do to prioritize transit vehicles. And then, what the system can do to compensate
    other road users for the changes in signal timings.

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    November 28, 2019

    We are in Hong Kong ! near South Horizons subway station And we are going to do the world’s longest journey by metro. If you have already crossed Paris from east to west with Line 9, it’s long, isn’t it ? Here, it will be way longer ! CHINESE CURIOSITIES THE WORLD’S LONGEST SUBWAY JOURNEY We start from an island south of Hong Kong we’re going to use the same transport as a person crossing a neighbourhood or going to the next neighbourhood The world’s longest subway journey means the world’s largest city. that’s what’s happening in Guangdong province huge cities are developing their metro systems one by one when these cities are side by side the metro lines merge it is therefore possible to cross the entire region by metro This morning we start from here oh no ! and we’re going up to Futian Checkpoint That region is becoming the largest urban agglomeration in the world surpassing Tokyo, Japan The urban grid is dense our next destination is Shenzhen then we’ll go to Foshan via Canton and Dongguan We are quickly crossing Hong Kong Hong Kong’s transport is very efficient 80% of the population rely on it everyday To switch from one system to another, from HK to the city of Shenzhen in mainland China we need to cross a border. Then we will reach the Shenzhen metro system. We’re crossing a border in the same country. Let’s go ! Here we are in the Shenzhen subway system security guards pass through the trains. People use Chinese social networks that I don’t know at all In HK people use Instagram, WhatsApp… Beijing is the old city Shanghai is the adult city and Shenzhen is the teenager city that is developing at high speed Shenzhen is increasingly attracting the financial world It is a city that will surpass HK in the coming years For example, this brand new CBD, under construction built on reclaimed land everything will open at the same time there. The line 11 has a business class coach, when you go to 123 stations by subway might take the opportunity to do some of them in business class It’s amazing, we are in the same subway but there you can see the crowded train and here the business class passengers ! The Line 11 links the airport to the city center A business class coach avoid building an airport line so that those who fly do not disturb everyday travellers This mega city is also connected to the rest of the world by 3 state of the art international airports. We finished with the Shenzhen subway. 24 yuans, 3,42 USD for this business class trip. the line that connects to Dongguan metro is still under construction We may have to take the bus. I should have waited a year before making this film…. It’s pretty rough, huh? Dongguan, a city renowned for its industries there are factories all over Dongguan In the future, several lines will go down to Shenzhen We are very far from the centre of Canton We’re going to take the line… watch out… The line 21 ! The journey is very long We start from there We have to go there ! Guangzhou Metro is crazy. In a few years only, they built hundreds of kilometers of tunnels Sometimes very far from the city center It’s pleasant and easy to move with those lines, as easy as in the city center, especially here in the countryside. Metros are partly financed by the Rail+Property method The construction of new lines increases the value of land around stations on which the Metro company already owns Last transfer to reach Foshan ! I’m tired, it’s been two days I’m in the Metro ! That’s it! 124 stations! If we had to return to the starting point we would have to drive 3 hours on the highway We may be crossing the future largest megacity In the future, we will hear about what is happening here! CHINESE CURIOSITIES A WEB SHOW BY MATTEO MARTINO ALL THE EPISODES AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

    Melbourne Suburban Trains 2004-05
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    Melbourne Suburban Trains 2004-05

    November 26, 2019

    G’day, the following video is made up of footage that I shot of suburban electric trains in Melbourne in 2004 and 2005. And I filmed it on my first ever digital camera this Olympus Stylus 300 This was very early days for digital compact cameras, and they were very basic at the time And actually quite expensive for what they were this sliding front design was probably very cool in about 2003 and the lens would zoom out when you opened it however they got very unreliable over time, the front used to fall off sometimes you’d close it and the lens would try to come out and get jammed behind there it’s got this tiny little screen 3.2 megapixel resolution for still images This camera did have a video feature but it was very low resolution, and the camera doesn’t actually have a microphone, so it had no sound What’s maybe even more amazing, is that the videos could only last for sixteen seconds The following footage is what I did film on this camera it is very poor quality, and was shot very badly as well and every shot is only sixteen seconds long, and there’s no sound BUT – the content has become historic and interesting in the years that have passed since filming it so I’ve decided that it’s worthy of upload now.

    Station Focus | Rideau (O-Train Line 1)
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    Station Focus | Rideau (O-Train Line 1)

    November 26, 2019

    Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today,
    we’re going back up to Ottawa to check out Rideau Station, a central station on the O-Train
    Confederation Line tunnel. Rideau is the Easternmost station on the O-Train’s
    downtown tunnel and is also the deepest station in the entire system, sitting under the CF
    Rideau Centre and Ottawa’s iconic Rideau Canal. Let’s take a look at what makes this station
    so special. [Intro] Before we get into today’s video, I wanted
    to tell you about our Ko-fi creator page. Buying us a coffee or a transit token on Ko-fi
    is a great way to help support us in making new videos for you guys, and you can also
    commission us over there if you would like to see a certain video being made! Also, we’ve got a PO Box! If you would like
    to send us anything such as your transit cards or any other fanmail, please send it to this
    address using your national mail service, and we’ll open it up in the next episode of
    Catching Up with Reece in December! Now, back to the scheduled content. Located deep under Rideau Street just North
    of the CF Rideau Centre, Rideau Station is a deep underground station located 26.5 meters
    or roughly 7 and a half stories underground. The station is the second busiest in the entire
    OC Transpo System owing to the numerous attractions and workplaces nearby such as the CF Rideau
    Centre, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the temporary Senate located in Ottawa’s old central
    train station, and the National Art Gallery among others. This is definitely one of the stations you’ll
    be using quite often to see the sights if you’re visiting Ottawa as a tourist. Arriving at the station on its side platform,
    we take into view a long concourse that looks very similar to the other two underground
    stations on the line, one of them being Lyon, which we visited before — you can check
    out that video in the description. The platforms are quite wide: enough to handle
    the heavy passenger flow through the station, and equipped with standard platform amenities
    such as a transecure waiting area, tactile ground indicators, and lots of good vertical
    access. Definitely not the worst place to wait for
    a train, and to look at these beautiful Alstom Citadis trains, even if they have been experiencing
    some problems. And if you look up, you’ll see the ceiling
    opens up to show the two different concourses of the station, which we’ll check out after
    this. [Music] As we’ve already seen, the station actually
    has two concourses on either end of its platforms, one on the east connecting to the William
    Street/Byward Market entrance, and the west side concourse connecting with the two entrances
    in the CF Rideau Centre, which is our next destination. Heading up to the west concourse, we can see
    the blue color scheme of the station running through the walls and ceilings here, as well
    as on the walls down below at platform level: I really love this detail in all of the downtown
    Confederation line stations. This is where you’ll be able to find a part
    of the first art piece of the station: This glass screen overlooking the platform
    below, along with its counterpart on the other concourse, together make up FLOW/FLOTS, an
    art piece by Geneviève Cadieux, giving a unique flair to an otherwise pretty standard
    concourse. And although we weren’t able to get footage
    of it, there is also another art piece in the station by Toronto artist Jim Verburg
    titled The shape this takes to get to that, which is a set of murals on the walls of the
    staircases. Each of the concourses are of course equipped
    with lots of Presto fare gates, as well as Presto machines and maps right nearby for
    convenient access. [Music] But on this west concourse is something quite
    different and unique to it even in the whole system, and that is this long corridor right
    here. This is an exhibition area called “Corridor
    45/75”, comprised of glass display cases along this 25 metre long corridor. The 45 and 75 comes from the longitude and
    latitude of the city, a pretty neat way of naming a unique existence in the system. [Music] Walking down the corridor, and we soon arrive
    at a set of stairs and escalators connecting us to the CF Rideau shopping centre above. Fun fact: This is actually Canada’s longest
    escalator with 181 steps, beating out Toronto’s York Mills station by 33 steps, and it really
    looms over you with its presence. [Music] After passing through a set of doors, we take
    another set of escalators up, thankfully much shorter this time, and arrive inside of the
    shopping mall. There are two entrances to the station here
    at one of the main shopping malls of the region, one closer to Rideau Street at the intersection
    with Sussex Drive, and another inside the mall near the Shoppers Drug Mart. Outside on Rideau Street, this busy thoroughfare
    is occupied by pedestrians and cars, but most importantly by the litany of buses traveling
    through the corridor, with more than ten routes serving the station at one of 4 bus stops. [Music] And across the street further to the east
    is where you’ll find the last entrance of the station, fit snugly beside a Scotiabank
    on William Street, right where the Byward Market area begins. This east entrance and concourse of the station
    doesn’t have any fancy exhibits or long elevators, but it is more spacious, and has
    the same beautiful glass screen overlooking the platform, great for some casual trainspotting. [Music] Alright guys, that’s about it for our short
    tour of Rideau station, which has definitely claimed one of the central spots on the O-Train
    Line 1 roster of stations, and is a great place to visit in its own right, if not for
    all the different sights to see around. Like, subscribe, and leave a comment down
    below to tell us what you think about Rideau station, and what your favourite station on
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    us on Ko-Fi if you’d like to help us keep making great videos. Thanks for watching guys, and we’ll see
    you in the next one! [Music]

    Northline Transit Center/HCC II
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    Northline Transit Center/HCC II

    November 24, 2019

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