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    Customer Service Officer | Canberra Light Rail
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    Customer Service Officer | Canberra Light Rail

    October 19, 2019

    There are 66 seats onboard each LRV With 12 priority seats located throughout. They are close to the doors for easy access. These seats are red and easily identified. A local Indigenous artist has designed all of our seat fabric design. Passenger information displays are located throughout the network, as well as in 12 locations on each LRV. These screens will provide up to date destination information, as well as any other relevant messages.

    Sydney Metro: Cherrybrook Station community day
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    Sydney Metro: Cherrybrook Station community day

    October 19, 2019

    Welcome ! Welcome ! Welcome to Cherrybrook ! [Train horn] [Crowd cheering] [Woohoo!] I was enormously proud when that first train pulled in and you got the reaction. Huge roar. Completely unprompted. Was great. Then you got two trains. How good is that? And everyone then realised – this is real, it’s happening, and it’s coming soon. [Crowd cheering] [Clapping] Everyone was clapping and there was a whole lot of cheers. It was really exciting. It was the first look at the new Sydney metro train for the public. I must admit I clapped and I was pleased to see a few other people clapped too. I asked a lady down there what she thought and if its possible to be nearly in tears on a railway station – she was. She just raved about them. It was fantastic. I mean just seeing them in action. I mean obviously we know that it’s coming but seeing them moving. It’s very exciting, they’re really close. I feel terrific [Laughter]. Other than peering through the fence out at Tallawong these are the first two I’ve seen in action. It’s been fantastic. People I was talking to on the platform, they can’t wait for it to come, they cant wait for it to open. Fabulous. Absolutely very excited to be poart of the whole thing. We do live close by so it will be very convenient for us. Catch the train and go to city. It is very attractive. No-one can think it’s a Metro station from outside but when you get in I think it’s comfort. We all have been waiting for it. My husband goes to the city so this is a great idea changing at Chatswood and going to city. The kids can go to Uni. It’s a very flexible thing. It opens up employment opportunities it opens up opportunities for schooling and education. Really excited about the shops as well. You dont have to fight the traffic into Macquarie or even Castle Towers. Really excited about al those sort of options. I think the people of Cherrybrook have been waiting for this a long time so really exciting to happen. Absolutely.

    Sydney Metro Update: August 2016
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    Sydney Metro Update: August 2016

    October 19, 2019

    Welcome to Sydney Metro We’ve just finished tunnelling on stage one. And now, we’re getting ready to start tunnelling again. From Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour and into the CBD, moving more people than the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel combined. Using specialised tunnel boring machine technology to dig about 40 metres under the surface of Sydney Harbour. Modern, new metro railway stations will be built at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Central and Waterloo. and also, here in the heart of our global city, new metro stations at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Barangaroo. New metro at Martin Place means a quick and easy underground interchange from the existing suburban sytem to the new metro. Work starts next year at Martin Place where a massive cavern will be excavated under the city for the new station, helping relieve congestion at current stations. And at Barangaroo, where metro will service Sydney’s new world-class commercial hub, with quick and easy access to the spectacular new headland park. Sydney Metro. Australia’s biggest public transport project.

    Sydney Metro: Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill
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    Sydney Metro: Arthur Whitling Park, Castle Hill

    October 17, 2019

    [Music] Originally this site was Arthur Whitling Park, so it was a park for the local community around here, with the houses and the shopping centre. Back in about 2015 construction started where they excavated a 25 metre deep, 200 metres long, 20 metres wide box to allow the tunnel boring machines to do their work for the tunnels. [Music] Part of our construction involved reinstating Arthur Whitling Park The elements of the park include some of the heritage elements that we’re reinstating. There’s an old tramway signal from the original trams that used to run through here, so we’ll reinstate that. There’s some heritage trees. There are 168 trees to go into Arthur Whitling Park, and about 8,000 square metres of soft landscaping. [Music] The skylights allow natural light into platform level, so that allows natural sunlight to go 25 metres down into the box to connect people back up to the outside world when they’re down waiting for a train. The skylights are designed to be interactive in this park space so that people can feel a part of it and sit on them while they have their lunch or have a break from their day-to-day life. [Music]

    Sydney Metro: City TBM arrival August 2018
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    Sydney Metro: City TBM arrival August 2018

    October 17, 2019

    [START] [Music] It’s a huge logisitical exercise. The TBM is so massive it has to be broken into other large pieces, brought down to site piece by piece on the road – on the trailers you see here this morning. [Music] [END]

    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.

    Metro Tunnel Archaeology: Unearthing Melbourne’s Past
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    Metro Tunnel Archaeology: Unearthing Melbourne’s Past

    October 16, 2019

    Even though archaeology happens all the
    time in Melbourne it rarely happens on the scale that we’re seeing as part of
    this Melbourne Metro project. We’re not just excavating one or two properties
    we’re looking at the area of a whole community, it’s half a city block in some cases. (Evan:) We’re doing this project and opening up these areas that will
    ultimately form entrances to the tunnels. There’s a real opportunity here to
    recover some artefacts that will hopefully help piece together some of
    the history of Melbourne and contribute to a different aspect other than just
    delivering huge infrastructure. Once archaeology has been impacted that’s it
    you actually don’t get another opportunity to investigate it. So it’s
    very important for a project of this scale that the excavations occur so that
    we get that information out of the ground, so to speak, analyse it and
    contribute to our understanding of the history of Melbourne. (Jeremy:) The site’s really interesting
    because it has potentially a range of different layers: it’s got the
    indigenous layer, the archaeology of Aboriginal communities before European
    settlement in the 1830s, and it’s got that pioneer generation of Buckley and
    Faulkner and then of course Melbourne has a massive period of transformation
    in the 1850s with the discovery of gold the population absolutely explodes, it
    becomes a very wealthy city and the architecture changes again, and then
    throughout the 19th century we see continual growth and change, so all
    these phases and they’re all different should be reflected in the
    archaeology of these sites. (Meg:) There’s a huge opportunity for the
    broader community to be exposed to the archeology and this is really fantastic
    because actually the broader community owns this past and this is where
    archeology is so exciting because you’re not reading about it, you’re actually seeing it. (Jeremy:) We expect to find two sorts of things:
    we’ll find the remains of buildings the foundations, the remains of fireplaces, doorsteps, gardens potentially, so a range of almost architectural features, but we’ll also
    find a lot of artefacts that were used and discarded by the people living in
    Melbourne at this time. We could potentially get over half a million
    artefacts. Of course the value of the artefacts is not in this sum total of
    numbers that we find but it’s in the information that it gives us that we
    don’t already know about early Melbourne.