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    Transportation Interpretive Center at the Port of Kalama
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    Transportation Interpretive Center at the Port of Kalama

    January 17, 2020

    My name’s Mark Wilson. I’m the Executive
    Director for the Port of Kalama. As the Executive Director, I’m responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Port under the guidance and the policy set by
    the Port Commission. About 15 years ago, the community did a
    community planning effort and it was one of those things where everybody comes
    together, brainstorms all the little things that they think that would make the
    community a better place to live and and then you’ve developed this list of
    projects that you go out and execute and one of those was a museum about the
    history of our community. We have a really rich history here for a relatively small town, and a pretty diverse history. Well, we frequently have folks that
    live here will bring family that comes to, comes to town down and walk them
    through this and then take him to lunch next door at McMenamins and then they
    walk the halls at McMenamins and look at all of the other history that’s on the
    walls. So it’s become a place of pride I think for the community to become, to be
    able to come down, tell, show the history of the community and with real items,
    some of them life-size so you can actually see what they look like and
    touch them. There’s just these funny collections of
    things that happened here that are tied to a lot of bigger things that went on in
    the greater development of the Northwest and the changes that happened. The wagon here is a representation of
    the Meeker wagon that Ezra used when he went to went back across the Oregon
    Trail when he was retracing it so the photograph here is Ezra Meeker in Kalama. He was the very first homesteader in Kalama. He had a cabin right here also
    near the spot of that first rail. They drove the first spike of the
    Northern Pacific on the western end was here in Kalama and so that was the the
    beginning of the Northern Pacific Railways presence in the Pacific
    Northwest. First mainline rail was just a few
    hundred yards from where we stand. The Tacoma Ferry was a designed to shuttle entire trains across the river and so these steam locomotives would come into town, they would break the trains down with a switching locomotive, load onto
    three rail sets across the deck of the ferry, steamer would paddle across the
    river, and then they’d offload it on the other side. The story of the ship being
    built or the boat being built clear over on the East Coast, taken apart, shipped
    clear around the Horn, and reassembled in Portland before it was put into service
    so it ran for about 25 years I think was roughly 1884 to 1908. Last run was right after Christmas of 1908 and then they then they shut it
    down. And this exhibit we talk a little bit
    about the the different countries that we currently trade with all over the
    globe. So Port of Kalama’s connected to the Pacific Rim. We ship over 13 million tons
    of cargo a year all over the globe, primarily wheat, corn and soybeans so
    we’re feeding a lot of people around the world. When we were developing the
    interpretative center we contacted the Cowlitz Tribe about providing a canoe for
    this because that was one of the very earliest forms of transportation and
    technologies for trade. This is carved from a cedar log but this is only half
    of the log. The other half of the log has a sister canoe that the tribe made
    for themselves so we’re able to get this carved and it shows an example of the
    kinds of canoes that would have moved up and down the Columbia River where they
    would be out hunting, gathering, doing their their other activities and then
    engaging in trade with the other tribes nearby or anybody else that was moving
    through the area. This story is kind of fun too because
    the person that found it was a commercial fisherman that lives here in
    the community and he was clearing his drifts so that he could drift his net
    through a stretch of the river and so they were down there with divers they
    found this piece of wood sticking out on the bed they hooked onto it to move it
    and discovered that there was an anchor attached to the piece of wood. I figured
    well nobody just leaves an anchor behind so I started digging into it and
    discovered that there was a ship accident almost identical to the
    location where we found the vessel. 1889, two ships collided in the river one
    was at anchor and one was coming downstream. Fortunately for us it was
    tied up in a big legal battle and went all the way to the US Supreme Court
    so there’s Supreme Court records that describe in great detail how the ship
    accident happened its exact location and the fisherman’s description of where he
    found the anchor and where the ship accident happened were within a couple
    hundred yards of one another so I can’t say for sure that that’s where it came
    from but I found a picture of the vessel that sunk and they had the same kind of
    anchor so we think we could tie it together it’s pretty pretty plausible
    but I can’t guarantee that because there’s no there’s no markings on it. There’s a lot more here than meets the eye. We’re a small community but we’re
    at the crossroads of trade routes and it’s brought a lot of people here over
    time, a lot of people that you wouldn’t think would be here. you

    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!

    The Great Railfan Adventure McAdam Station Final  Part12
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    The Great Railfan Adventure McAdam Station Final Part12

    January 10, 2020

    Transfer papers on the other side Any areas that are off-limits like inside the buildings Okay Okay Reloading You’re not sure Yeah, that’s the car shop side this is locomotor side, okay Okay That would be a bunch of them over the leases they do they lease all this stuff song after so many after so long There’s a line I think that went to Greenville from here yeah mostly abandoned now Just want to go knock it it goes up the Brownville and then hits Pistol Signal 16-cylinder Sanding tower Yeah, you come back another year. So this all be changed all this will be gone really Yeah, this will be all knocked down a remodel new building built. Okay? Yeah, that’s good thing. We’re catching it when we are yeah, this is pretty historic stuff that That was the thing. We had to get the approval from the Historical Society just to take down what we’re taking down and they got the money to to Destroy what we can destroy some of it was already falling down but We got to clean it up, right a lotta Just that that floor there’s there’s nothing but asbestos there if all these buildings just have asbestos on yeah So it’s it’s a major hassle as far as cleanup. Mhm almost costs us more money. I mean just like that thing That’s the majority of the well, there’s some killer equipment in there Little tunnel motors TV 30 dive Larry struck an electric Told you there’s a lot of stuff here. We’re not gonna be able to fill it all in one day We should probably hit back sowed Hole Oh Plus you try to go around find us Bucks Just like the Wonder DanceSport, yep Okay, we’re on in the Wyatt Brownville Why do you want it now? Don’t so traffic To the bridge You It’s not Another oldie Especially me Oh, yeah He’s got the roof off in the car the door There’s a little track Oh S-s-san Gino’s Oh No It’s not the mattress Looks open It is open It’s awesome That’s a just give you little information the station is built in 1999 finished in 1901 And then in 1910 1911 added on both sides So they had done the dining room lunch counter and the expression of the baguette in Germany. I’ll show you guys are an eclectic Maxilla the architect for the building. His name was Edward Maxwell. There’s all sort of dedicated to him from her life And then the president anticipated Pacific rail at the time was away abandoned And so this row right here is the agents office and the last occasion to hear his name was Jim McCracken. He’s up there But it’s a huge area for communication between the states and making sure you know, there’s no Making sure everything ran smoothly. Yeah The checklist is here because they would actually play checkers when you know things about slow, but it was usually never slow Is there a 16 passenger trains daily? And then on top of that 30 freakin little booth and this is the junction. So these are all the roots Don’t would go over into What you lost passenger train furniture here no more that was the FSB area yeah 94, um Came cific. I’m pretty sure as an athlete 79 So this room is called the single ladies wait here the reason it’s called that is actually he was sort of forbidden for women to smoke in public That’s the station from 1900 1901 right there in 1910 1911 when they had gone to This is where just a before and after picture you guys hit And then we also do have a duel we actually have a deal here which I gonna show you guys So there’s just more like a little heavy sort of crimes around the railway station So it was like jumping on the train without pain you need to pay 10 cents or spend 30 days in jail So this is just a the name address and recharging their sentencing So, do you know what these That’s a hoop for orders We’re trained buffs Give me a harder question The floors look relatively new II yeah, this is all been restored in 2009-2010. Okay, this wool this actually started to the hotel lobby. So you come in here go to your room There’s 18 spots for the keys, but there’s actually only 17 rooms, so, do you know why? No number 13. Yeah. Yeah, I can’t stop Person this whole summer. I started here in the end of June. Mmm to get that order No one I had so many people think it’s like for booking Okay Are we able to see the upstairs is that open? Okay. I’d like to see that too. I Remember when the station was like the preservation was first starting they had a fundraising campaign to put a new roof on it was probably the Hotel After that So it wouldn’t have been a room like this one it was not when it was Owned by the railway No, okay So this is like something that you can rent out for local groups. I think there’s dinners that happen here In the dining room, we actually have like little weddings and stuff Yeah, it’s still very much. So I’ll wait for the museum to make some money. Yeah, exactly. That’s good Can we see the kitchen as well? Yeah, let’s go to this below This is is this original the floor is actually original. Okay, but not like the light fixtures But was this a dining room? Yes. Okay. I Used to have one of those clocks, yeah It’s all but yes, you are a probably no illusions like the dining there. This is more the upper Class In your face you Know Anyone like walking by that they knew or in fact, here’s a window. That was very fairly Hmm and I don’t know what that is any idea Yeah, yeah, so it looks like some kind of slicer Yes I’m leaning towards but this was for the common folk. Yeah, just the peasants My luncheon here anyway, so mmhmm yeah, so before this sort of Fifties style patter with the W shape. It actually used to be a high would encounter midnight with the stools There’s more of a horseshoe shape Then 1953 they changed it to this style. Okay So when would this have been closed? Lunch counter it was privately owned after the so the 1976 is when the dining room shut down where it was privately owned from 1976 on basically until the station was sort of shut down and then finally given to Historical Society Children’s work, right Then over there Patman over there there’s a bunch of broken dishes actually to face so there’s a lot of girls that work in the lunch counter here and They had a certain management her name was Miss Clint, he’s very strict So they had to clean every single dish before they could leave and so that was they wanted to go to a dance and Harvey one night and then So what they did with the dirty dishes it’s Daniel okay, and they like so they’re dancing and replaced it with Basically And then they are actually never caught two person training came here And stopped here and then the prisoners actually asked the guard to take a go for a swim And so very angry In France where they cut their feet legs That’s how they were discovered and that sums either But that was years after the dance I take it yeah So there’s 17 rooms, this is a five-star first-class hotel is all stars first class because each room So originally would there not have been like water They had the Clawfoot tub, so there’s an actual original one in the other room. Hmm. So wouldn’t you like those tubs and Because later on when the hotel was shut down the crew from the Train would actually stay up here So this this was the north’s crew me down this way South crew would be down that way but so yeah, that’s why some things are doing some things more a Shower Yeah, we’re still working on restoring something exactly yeah, well it’s a big project We’re just on our way back from the stakes we were down there looking at Yep, go ahead Do you think they’ll ever turn this back into a hotel Yeah, oh, that would be great Really have the whole station our store and then actually uses sort of as a hotels or you know, novelty stay. Yeah Way to generate some income He’s sleeping in here to me they tried to put two beds per side so they can have a little Closet in himself So this was staff quarters. Yes, okay The girls that worked in the last time. Mm-hmm It’s tiny is these little crawl spaces the girls have actually used to go over to the men’s dorm. It’s neat. Yeah They can go out there and walk on the ledge Or something. No, they just go right through the plate That’s well. I’m the walls like all the beams and Stronger all I see I see what you’re saying. Yeah through these pockets here Wow You don’t have the light there That’s crazy that would be the trick I guess to find out if the girls have gone through if they broke the bulb Come over and drink and smoke This is wrong, this is like The roots already host is dedicated to the red eared men. Let’s stay here and work here in town. So This wasn’t crew quarters originally that happened in later years Well, this this isn’t always like three quarters, oh, I mean the Train Chris oh Really stay like it is more the second floor, okay Well, I’ll tell you there’s there’s a cup a lot of training geeks out there like us First time I was here was I think it was 2009 So I think that the bathrooms had been Just renovated. Okay on the main level Yeah, my didn’t get to tour the whole place. So I don’t know what’s changed since then Just they’re beginning zoos actually just the waiting everybody tour. Mm-hmm, right you would like five minutes, okay Yes This used to be the library we’re now working on it so well It’s nice to see it a work in progress knew but she couldn’t even see the pizza Wouldn’t play it in Yeah So this was library for the people for the passengers and the page, okay, so You find anything in the walls like old Style, I haven’t found anything some someone else probably has but your hands and stuff Probably from the fifties or whatever Like that Yes of these washrooms, I guess we were in this area when I came up here There was an event for I think New Brunswick southern had gotten some funding for Improvements there was an event here at the station to launch that that was the other time. I was here Of course the time we Get off six years old All right, we’re going into jail The green is a Pretty standard color and in terms of like and inside the locomotives and whatnot as well Yeah, so I’m guessing they just this is our the chief paint base, right? Yeah, that was a post-war paint They used a different color before the war I forget what it was Going into the Express room It’s usually expression but I’m out sorry Fiona Tillery room. It’s like just for the auxilary Yeah, we know a guy who’s gonna pump her Yeah, he brings it up for the via family day in Halifax. Mm-hmm Painted mile marker Very good should probably teach me more than I’ve already been telling You no those are used for That was just a signal Good lanterns. Yeah, it’s a marker lamp I’ve worn it home like putting a nightlight in it with an extension course. I can turn it off. Oh It turned out really nice No one from surco today actually see the engineer jumping from the window, oh, yeah He wasn’t sticking around On collision CP whistle sign a Lot of people ask me about is a cool ballast ballast. Yeah the rock that goes around the tracks Yeah, that’s a that’s a tool that would go underneath the tie I think for probably Moving your ballast in and out to bring the level up or down or whatever How long you guys finished in the transom It’s probably locked Railfan and their journey To And almost Yep Anyway folks. I hope you guys enjoyed the great railfan adventure and We’re both tired. It’s been an interesting trip a lot of interesting things. We saw and Thanks for coming along with us. And we appreciate all the people we met the fun things we did big thank you goes out to all those who support us and Do you think I forgot that Anyway folks, this is a lord dragon. I’m maritime Ralph and good night be well and take care folks until next time

    Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US
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    Why Public Transportation Sucks in the US

    January 7, 2020

    This video was made possible by Skillshare. Learn anything, including how I make these
    videos, for free for two months by going to This is Indiana, and this is Scotland. Both have a similar number of inhabitants,
    a similar size, and a similar population density. But here’s Indiana’s public transportation
    system, and here’s Scotland’s. You want to get to Cupar, a town of 9,000
    30 miles from the capital? That’ll take you 55 minutes on a train that
    leaves every 30 minutes or an hour and 40 minutes on a bus that leaves every 40. You want to get to Anderson, a town of 50,000
    30 miles from Indiana’s capital? Well, you’re out of luck. The only option is the car. Antiquated technology, safety concerns, crumbling
    infrastructure, and nonexistence—it’s not hard to argue that the US public transportation
    network is just not good. Vast swaths of the US have no option but to
    drive because the alternative just is not there. This has consequences on the environment,
    on economic mobility, on where people live, the consequences of America’s lack of solid
    public transportation almost defines American culture. But it wasn’t always like this. The United States once had the best public
    transportation system in the world. It was a the admiration of countries worldwide
    and an essential factor allowing for the successful western expansion of the country. It all started with this—the horsecar. Now, there were urban transportation systems
    before these horse drawn trams came along, but they weren’t cheap and they weren’t
    fast. Roads generally weren’t paved and there
    just wasn’t the economic demand for high frequency service because these carriages
    were rarely faster than walking. But on rails, these horsecars were fast and
    one horse could pull a full load of passengers thanks to the rails. In its heyday, there were over 6,000 miles
    of horsecar lines in the US. In comparison, the combined mileage of every
    tram, subway, light rail, and commuter rail system in the US nowadays is 5,416. In 1880, 50 million people lived in the US. Today, over 320 million. Around the turn of the century, many of those
    horsecar systems were electrified. There were then 11,000 miles of streetcar
    track nationwide. The systems were absolutely everywhere. Even tiny towns like Bangor, Maine and Berlin,
    New Hampshire had streetcars. So what happened? How did the US go from having 11,000 miles
    of streetcar to 200? How did the US go from having solid public
    transportation in towns big and small across the country to how it is today? The decline of the streetcar began just after
    the turn of the century. That was when the automobile came around. By 1920, the car was starting to get to an
    attainable price-point for the everyday individual. That was the real threat for the streetcar—not
    cars, but economical cars. The streetcar received another blow in 1929—the
    great depression. There were fewer people with jobs which meant
    fewer people who needed to commute and fewer people who had the money to pay for transport
    so many lines were just not profitable anymore and closed. But then the streetcar received a stay of
    execution—World War Two. You see, during World War Two, the US had
    the lowest unemployment rate in history—as low as 1.2%. There were tons of factory jobs to support
    the war so practically everyone who wanted a job had a job. That meant there were tons more people now
    going to and from work, and, even better for the streetcar, there were rations going on
    on rubber and gas which diminished the popularity of the car. But something else was going on through all
    of that. Something more sinister. Sometime in the 1920s, automobile technology
    became advanced enough that the bus became cheaper to operate than the streetcar. Streetcars cost very little to power, but
    they do require a lot of infrastructure from overhead lines to track. Buses were more flexible and required almost
    no infrastructure. And the bus had some powerful friends, the
    automobile companies, or more specifically, General Motors. General Motors went and bought dozens of small
    streetcar companies across the nation and turned them into bus companies. They removed hundreds of miles of track across
    the US and supported other companies doing the same, but its not like they didn’t have
    a good reason to do this. These streetcars were not economically advantageous. Buses were faster, cheaper, and at the time,
    they were the modern and fresh transportation method that the public wanted. Nearly every streetcar system nationwide was
    replaced with a bus system. In addition, the streetcar companies were
    almost all commercial so if and when they failed, many local governments set up public,
    subsidized bus companies. So that’s how transportation got bad, but
    why did it stay bad? Well, mostly because of the car. America is the country of the car. It grew up as the car grew up and so its cities
    were built for cars. Think Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles—you can’t
    survive in these cities without a car. Remember, the United States is centered around
    the idea of personal freedom. With a car, you can go anywhere at anytime,
    so politically, cars have historically been associated with the idea of personal freedom. Just like the Republican party votes to have
    strong national defense, allow gun ownership, and preserve small government in order to
    promote personal freedom, they have always worked to promote the usage and ownership
    of cars. This means they often voted in favor of subsidies
    helping the auto industry, most often in the form of indirect subsidies lowering the cost
    of gas. Now, that was fine when cities were small,
    highways were new, gas was cheap, and climate change wasn’t even a concept, but that’s
    not the case anymore. Cities are just of a size where they literally
    cannot support their entire population driving. You can’t fit more road infrastructure in
    many cites, but you can fit more public transportation. Cars were available to the common American
    much earlier than the common European, so the US set road policies early that allowed
    for large, smooth, well-functioning roads. While the US was building its magnificent
    roads, Europe was building their public transportation systems. The high car usage in the US even has to do
    with zoning. You see, European cities tend to have less
    strict zoning laws which allow for businesses and housing to intermingle. The US zones its cities much more strictly. Houses are next to houses and businesses are
    next to businesses which means that the distances between houses and shops in the US is much
    greater. Therefore, Americans have to go further more
    often. The most demonstrative fact is how the two
    places approach parking. In the US, zoning laws specify a minimum number
    of parking spaces per building. In Europe, the laws specify a maximum number
    of parking spaces. The three cities with the three lowest car-ownership
    rates in the US all have something in common. Boston, New York, and DC, are all old, rather
    compact cities with decent public transportation systems. Since they were cities before the car, they’re
    built much more like the European cities that have such good public transportation systems
    today. Simplified, public transportation gets worse
    as you go further west since western cities are newer. But here’s the most important sentence of
    this entire video: access to transportation is the single most important factor in an
    individual’s ability to escape poverty. That is not a subjective claim, that is a
    fact that emerged from a Harvard study. Someone who lives right by a subway stop is
    astronomically more likely to find a high-paying job than someone who doesn’t have a way
    to get around. Individuals in poverty generally live in poor
    neighborhoods with few job opportunities, but with reliable, accessible, and inexpensive
    public transportation these individuals can get all across their city to where the jobs
    are. So, a good way to evaluate the effectiveness
    of a public transportation system is by how well it serves the poor. DC, for example, does a good job of this. The poorest neighborhoods have the greatest
    proportion of their residents within a 10-minute walk of a metro station while the richest
    neighborhoods have the smallest proportion. Hand-in-hand with their move back into the
    cities, millennials are shunning cars. Car ownership among young people is at historic
    lows and the urban youth is relying more and more on public transport. Some cities like, Portland, Kansas City, Detroit,
    and DC are turning back to streetcars. Done right, streetcars can drive huge increases
    in economic development. They’re more of a symbol of modernization
    that entices residents, developers, and businesses to areas. Portland, for example, has had an estimated
    $5 billion in extra economic development thanks to its streetcar. New streetcar systems are being built all
    across the US in cities like Milwaukee and Oklahoma city since they’re finally making
    money again—not from their fares, but from the jobs brought by their existence. People didn’t want them a century ago, but
    streetcars finally make sense again. Public transportation is instrumentally important
    to the success of cities. You can almost be sure that a good city will
    have good public transportation and a bad city will have bad public transportation. Public transportation increases economic mobility,
    decreases carbon footprints, and increases economic development so the only question
    is, why not build more of it? One of the most common requests I receive
    is for a behind-the-scenes video and I’ve finally made one. I’ve partnered up with Skillshare to post
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    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!