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    LA Metro’s New Blue Line Ⓜ️ Future Transit USA

    September 18, 2019


    Hey everyone, thanks for tuning into Los Angelist – and thanks especially to my Patrons on Patreon who’s generous monthly support makes this channel possible in the first place.
    Today, Los Angelist offers a challenge to Metro CEO Phil Washington. But we’ll get back to that in a moment. Nearly 30 years ago, following a brutal era in which the Pacific Electric Railway was foolishly dismantled and Los Angeles county left entirely devoid of passenger rail transportation in its
    wake, the first Metro Blue Line train
    triumphantly retraced the old route laid out by Henry Huntington in 1902 between
    Los Angeles and Long Beach. But in the decades since 1990, the year in which
    what we now know and love as the Metro Blue Line embarked on its inaugural
    voyage, our beloved metro rail line to Long Beach has begun to show its age in
    a big way. So this week on Los Angeles we will discuss a few ways the Metro Blue
    Line has most noticeably begun to show its age, and take a look at the exciting
    upgrades blue line riders have in store for us following the two separate months-long closures planned to rehabilitate the aging rail line. First, the closures;
    Recognizing the shabby state of repair found on the aging Blue Line, especially
    in comparison to Metro’s newer and more recently constructed rail lines, Metro CEO
    Phil Washington recently announced that both the northern and southern portions
    of the Blue Line will be closed in two separate phases beginning in January
    2019. Initially, the southernmost portion of the blue line through downtown Long
    Beach will be closed for upgrades to traffic signal prioritization and safety
    systems. Once completed, these upgrades should improve travel times through
    downtown Long Beach and reduce the number of accidents caused by
    automobiles obstructing the blue line’s train tracks.
    Many such accidents could be prevented if only the street-running portion of
    the blue line along Long Beach Boulevard was better protected by traditional
    railroad safety equipment such as crossing gates. Railroad crossing gates
    make it very clear to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians when a train is planning
    to proceed across an intersection. So if Metro installs those or another
    equivalent safety feature along the blue line’s street-running portions, such as in
    Long Beach, fewer drivers will try to dash in front of approaching trains, and fewer
    near misses should ultimately mean fewer accidents in total. Additionally, it might
    also be a good idea for Metro to uncross the tracks in downtown Long Beach as
    part of the upgrade so that multiple trains could more easily proceed through
    the downtown Long Beach transit gallery without conflict. Once these and any
    other needed upgrades and repairs to the Blue Line’s southern terminus are
    completed, Metro will embark on the second and more ambitious portion of the
    Blue Line rehabilitation project; Grade-separating the frantically busy section
    of track shared with the Expo Line between 7th Street and Metro Center and
    Los Angeles Trade Tech. As can be seen, Metro Blue and Expo Line trains must
    cross the busy intersection at Flower and Washington as often as every two minutes
    during peak hours. As such, Flower Junction has become something of a
    bottleneck for both the Blue and Expo lines, and Metro has finally appropriated
    funding to bury the station which should more or less completely solve the
    problems for the stretch of track shared with Expo. But what about Washington
    Boulevard? I live right off of Washington Boulevard and this street is a mess. The
    sidewalks are barely wide enough to allow a single wheelchair past, the
    traffic signals prioritize automobiles taking awkward left turns over both
    trains and pedestrians, and you feel as though you’re trespassing on a busy
    highway just walking down it. So what should Washington Boulevard look like
    instead? Well first there are at least two too many car lanes. As part of a ‘New
    Blue’ one automotive lane needs to be removed from each side of Washington and converted into an ADA-compliant bike lane. Additionally, the crosswalks need to be
    converted into four-way scramble crosswalks similar to those found in
    Santa Monica. And finally, depending on how much
    funding is ultimately made available to Metro for this project, we need to take a
    serious look at grade-separating the Metro Blue line on Washington Boulevard,
    and if we can’t afford to do that, we should at least make it something less
    of a pedestrian slaughterhouse. So what’s my challenge to Metro CEO Phil
    Washington? I say if Phil Washington can fix Washington Boulevard,
    I say we named it after him! We just have to add “Phil” to the signs. “Phil Washington Boulevard”. What do you think Mr. Washington? Are you up for the challenge? It’s not like our slave-owning wooden-toothed first president doesn’t already have
    plenty of stuff named after him… At Washington Station, Blue Line trains turn
    onto the Pacific Electric’s former four-track main line to Long Beach. Although
    several grade separations and a number of pedestrian safety improvements are
    needed by the communities served by this portion of the Blue line between
    Washington and Willow stations, this section of track, since it was used for
    freight during the Pacific Electric’s many years of abandonment, actually never ceased being a functional rail line since it was not dismantled along with
    most of the other lines of the PE. As such, the stretch of Blue line from
    Washington Boulevard in LA to Willow Street in Long Beach for the most part
    only needs to have its aging signals and safety features replaced with modern
    ones. However, there is a distinct and very exciting possibility that one or
    both of the lightly used freight tracks may be purchased from the Union Pacific,
    enabling a future Blue Line Express service and restoring the Pacific
    Electric’s old four-track mainline to its once and future glory.
    And finally, Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station will be receiving a major
    makeover. The busiest station on the Blue and Green lines open before the green
    line was completed overhead as part of the 105 freeway and it shows. The Blue
    line platform at Willowbrook/Rosa Parks is essentially directly underneath a
    busy eight-lane freeway that wasn’t even there yet when the station was first
    designed in the 1980s. To address this, Metro will be moving the Blue Line
    platform out from under the shadow of the hideous 105 freeway and turning Rosa Parks Station back into the vibrant center of Willowbrook community life
    that it was between 1990 and 1993 – 1993 being the year the 105 freeway opened on
    top of a community that never wanted it there in the first place. The
    construction of the 105 freeway however and the story of the tens of thousands
    displaced by it, not to mention the valiant fight of LA residents to have a
    rail line included in what had originally been proposed only as a dirty
    polluting freeway for cars quite frankly deserves its own episode, so we will comeback to that at another time. So what do you guys think? is LA ready for a Phil Washington Boulevard? A Blue line express train? Are you pissed the Silver Line still
    costs more than all of Metro’s other trains and buses because of that
    lose-lose compromise between Metro and Foothill transit a number of years back?
    Especially lose-lose now that it will be the main north-south transit route at
    least through 2019… Let us know in the comments! And of course if you haven’t
    already, please like, share, subscribe and join the public transit revolution at
    Patreon.com/LosAngelist

    Station Focus | Rainier Beach (ST, KCM) [CC]
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    Station Focus | Rainier Beach (ST, KCM) [CC]

    September 16, 2019


    Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Today,
    we are in a new country and a new city, to show you guys around a new transit system.
    Seattle is a beautiful west coast city, and Link light rail, its light rail system that
    serves as a north-south rapid transit connector is very elegant as well. As the first video in our Seattle outing series,
    we’ll be taking a look at Rainier Beach station, the fourth station northbound on
    the Central Link, and in the very near future you’ll be seeing a few more station videos
    and a couple of different system videos as well. Enjoy the video! [music] Located in the Rainier Beach neighbourhood
    of Seattle, Rainier Beach is situated right in the middle between downtown Seattle and
    Seattle-Tacoma Airport, and it is one of the at-grade stations on the route. Coming into the station on a northbound train
    heading towards University of Washington station, we arrive at its long central platform, which
    is located in the median of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, between the two directions of
    traffic. The platform is long enough to host trains
    that are 4 cars long with a total length of about 110 metres, or 350 feet, but the light
    rail trains run on the route are rarely actually 4 cars long, with the ones we saw on the day
    of filming all being 3 cars long. [music] There is a canopied section halfway through
    the platform, with the two ends bare but still decorated with long metal poles. The design
    of this station really looks quite like a ship with a bunch of masts. The amenities on the platform include benches,
    bins, information and maps, lots and lots of signs, as well as these unique lean bars
    that are placed at each side of hedges that are found throughout the exposed part of the
    platform. Since the trains on the line are light rail
    cars that are literally linked together, there are gaps between cars that could be dangerous
    since passengers could end up slipping into the gaps, so they’ve added these train gap
    indicators made out of yellow bars that’ll counteract that. And at numerous locations on the platform,
    you’ll find the first of six art installations present here at the station as part of the
    “STart” program that allocates a part of construction funds to art projects to be
    used in the stations. This is Eugene Parnell’s Increment, which consists of four bronze columns
    with markings that represent systems of measurement used around the world, as well as height comparisons
    with various animals. Heading down to the southern end of the platform,
    you’ll find an operator’s building for the station that houses utilities like washrooms
    for train operators, as well as some very nice stained glass art on the window facing
    the platform. And on the other side of the building, in
    between the tracks, there is a 240 metre, or 800-foot long track that can be used to
    store two 4-car trains for emergencies and headway management. [music] Alright, time to head towards the entrance
    of the station, which is over at the north end, where South Henderson Street crosses
    Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The station entrance is small but well equipped
    with everything you’ll need for a ride on the Link. Here, you can find some maps and
    information about the station and its surroundings, two ticket machines where you can buy single
    tickets for the Link or a reloadable Orca card for the different transit systems in
    the area, as well as card readers for said Orca cards. This definitely looks different from, say,
    a Toronto subway station with its fare gates, as the Link uses a proof-of-payment system
    instead, similar to a TTC streetcar. And since the fare ranges from $2.25 to $3.25 for adults
    depending on the distance travelled, ORCA card users will need to tap off when exiting
    a station. Here is where you’ll find another couple
    of art installations for the station. At the head of the station is Dragonfly, an
    aluminum sculpture of a winged creature created by Darlene Nguyen-Ely. Inspired by the station’s
    architectural elements, the sculpture is meant to conjure imagery of flight and wind, and
    it certainly is the centrepiece of the station, let alone this whole area. Each Central Link station has its own pictogram,
    which is a small graphic that represents something about the station or its locale in order to
    really distinguish the stations and give them character. For Rainier Beach, the pictogram
    created by Christian French depicts a heron, which is inspired by the theme of flight in
    the Dragonfly sculpture. It is also embedded with fixed points that represent surrounding
    destinations that include Rainier Beach High School, Seattle Public Library’s nearby
    branch, Beer Sheva Park, and Pritchard Island Beach. Alright, time to check out the surroundings
    of the station. The northeast corner of the intersection is a small plaza with some trees
    and some nice seating, and it is considered a part of the station with a nicely decorated
    station sign, 20 bicycle lockers, and a bus stop. Here is where you’ll find another art installation
    of the station. This metal sculpture that resembles sliced pears wrapped in metal wire
    is Buster Simpson’s Parable, and it is an allegorical commentary on the changing urban
    landscape of Seattle and the Rainier Valley. The King County Metro buses that serve the
    bus station here include the Route 9 Express towards Seattle, Route 106 parallel to and
    extending beyond the Link and Route 107 traveling northwest to Georgetown and Beacon Hill. This neighbourhood is quiet and mostly residential,
    and much of the buildings here look quite aged, so the beautiful station in the middle
    of the road and the sleek trains that whizz through is quite a sight to behold, and the
    2000 daily riders is respectable as well for this area. Without a park and ride facility attached
    to the station as most of the other stations on the line do not, passengers are encouraged
    to use other modes of transit to get to their destinations. One of such is definitely by
    bike, with lots of signs that point you to bike paths nearby and all the bike lockers. Another way to travel that last mile is by
    using VIA, a ride-hailing service operating at a few of the Link stations that is subsidized
    by the system. And finally, enjoy a few shots of the Link
    train as we close out this video. [music] Alright, guys, we hope you’ve enjoyed this
    video on Rainier Beach, and be sure to stay tuned for more Seattle videos coming in the
    future. Like, subscribe, and comment down below to tell us what you think about Rainier
    Beach and Seattle’s Link light rail service. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and consider
    supporting our Patreon. Thanks for watching guys, and we’ll see you in the next one. [music]

    Sesame Street: Bikes, Trains, Planes, and Cars!
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    Sesame Street: Bikes, Trains, Planes, and Cars!

    September 13, 2019


    BERT: When I’m out there,
    on the open bike path, feeling the wind in my
    eyebrow, I feel so free. BERT: [SINGING] Sure, I’ve got
    two little wheels on the side, but that’s why my bike
    is one sweet ride. They help keep me up,
    help me stay in control. I won’t give them up,
    that’s just how I roll. That’s how I roll. Oh yeah, that’s how I roll. I’ve got to have
    each and every wheel because that’s how Bert
    is keeping it real. I’ve got training wheels
    and I’ve got soul. I won’t give them up,
    that’s how I roll. That’s how I roll. Oh yeah, that’s how I roll. ZOE: Hi, I’m Zoe, and I’m here
    to tell you about the word– [ELMO VROOMING AROUND] ELMO: Tweet! Transportation! ZOE: That’s right, Elmo. ELMO: Oh, no, no, no. Elmo’s not Elmo
    anymore, Elmo’s a car. Vroom, vroom vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom. ZOE: A car? But Elmo, we’re supposed
    to be telling everybody about transportation. Oh wait a second, I
    see what Elmo’s doing. Transportation is a way
    of getting from one place to another, and a car gets
    you from one place to another so a car is– ELMO: Vroom, vroom, vroom. Screech! Transportation! ZOE: That’s right. Elmo, check this out. What am I? [CHUGGING] ZOE: Choo, choo!
    [CHUGGING] Choo, choo! ELMO: Elmo knows. Miss Zoe is a train. ZOE: And a train is? ELMO: Transportation! ZOE: Come on, let’s
    be trains together. ELMO: OK. [CHUGGING] ZOE: Choo, choo! ELMO: Woo, woo! [WHOOSING] ZOE: [CHUGGING] Choo, choo! Oh, look! Elmo’s pretending to be a plane. And a plane is? BOTH: Transportation! ZOE: Elmo, I want to be a plane. ELMO: Go for it. ZOE: OK. [SWOOSHING] ZOE: Oh hey, Elmo? Let’s be rocket ships. ELMO: OK. Oh, wait a minute. Are rocket ships transportation? ZOE: Well, they can take you
    from the earth to the moon. So rocket ships are
    definitely transportation. ELMO: Oh well then, Elmo
    and Miss Zoe should do it. ZOE: OK. ELMO: OK. You ready? ZOE: Yes. Three– BOTH: Two. One. Blast off! Transportation! ZOE: Come on, Elmo,
    let’s go get some lunch. ELMO: How will Elmo
    and Miss Zoe get there? ZOE: Why don’t we
    take a motorcycle? ELMO: Good idea, get on! ZOE: OK! ELMO: You on? ZOE: Yes! ELMO: OK. [VROOMING] [ELMO LAUGHS] GROVER: Greetings! It is I, your fuzzy and
    blue safety expert, Grover. Today, I will demonstrate
    how to be safe on a bicycle with the help of,
    um, this chicken! Do not worry my fine
    feathered volunteer, I am an expert after all. We shall begin with this helmet. Yes, this helmet
    right here, which should look very
    nice on your knee. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS] GROVER: You are
    right, that does not look like it would
    fit your knee. Perhaps your elbow. Yeah. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS] GROVER: Or your head. That’s using your noggin
    my little chickadee, and protecting it too. And now for these ear pads
    for extra ear protection. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS] GROVER: What is
    that, little clucker? I can not hear you
    with my ear pads. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS] GROVER: And they can also
    be elbow pads, or wing pads if you happen to be poultry. And also for bike
    safety protection are these backside pads. Yes, to keep your perky
    tail feathers safe. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS] GROVER: Knee pads? Perhaps our beaky
    friend is right. You need some knee
    protection after all. So there you have it. The helmet, followed by
    the elbow, or wing pads, and the knee pads. You are ready to
    ride, Henny Penny. Now put the pedal to
    the metal, chicken! CHICKEN: [CLUCKS IN FEAR] [CHICKEN CRASHES AND CLUCKS] GROVER: And finally, be
    sure your volunteer chicken can actually ride a bicycle. CHICKEN: [CLUCKS ANGRILY] GROVER: Oh, why
    did you not tell me you could not ride that bicycle? I would have gotten
    training wheels. NARRATOR: And now,
    our spokesperson. WOMAN: Hello there,
    bicycle fans. Guess what? I love bicycles? You know why? Because they’re fun! Fun to ride. Whee! Fun to go places on. Whoopee! Fun to exercise on. Feeling the burn. They’re even fun to sing about. Hey, let’s sing a
    song about a bike now. You may know the song
    already about a bus. I changed it to a bike
    because I love bikes. Get ready. Oh! [SINGING] The wheels on a
    bike go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bike
    go round and round, all through the town. The bell on the bike
    goes ding, ding, ding. Ding, ding ding. Ding, ding, ding. The bell on the bike
    goes ding, ding, ding. All through the town. The handlebars on the
    bike go turn, turn, turn. Turn, turn, turn. Turn, turn, turn. The handlebars on the
    bike go turn, turn, turn. All through the town. The person on the bike goes
    up and down, up and down, up and down. The person on the bike goes up
    and down all through the town! That was great,
    and now I’m going to ride my bike all
    through the town. See you next time! ELMO: Wow, look at this bike. Whoa! Whoa, it’s so colorful! ABBY: Hiya, Elmo. Wow. What a nice bike! ELMO: Yeah, it’s cool. Boy, Elmo would love
    to go for a ride on it. ABBY: Well, why don’t you? ELMO: Oh, well,
    Elmo’s not ready. ABBY: Oh, true. You do have to be
    ready to ride a bike. But, I can help you with that. ELMO: What? Abby can? ABBY: Sure thing! All it takes is a little magic. ELMO: A helmet? ABBY: Sure! You have to wear a helmet
    when you ride a bike. ELMO: Well Elmo
    knows, Abby, but– ABBY: Good, cause it’s
    important to be safe. And now, you’re ready to ride. ELMO: No, but Abby,
    Elmo’s still not ready. ABBY: Oh, I get it. You want to be even safer! That’s a great idea! There you go! Elmo pads, wrist
    guards, and knee pads. Now are much safer, so you
    can take that ride now! ELMO: But Abby, all
    this stuff is great, but Elmo’s still not
    ready to ride that bike! ABBY: Wow! You really are
    serious about safety! Well, don’t you worry, Elmo,
    I know just what to do. There you go, Elmo. Now you’re as safe as
    you can possibly be. ELMO: Abby– ABBY: Oh, yeah, you
    don’t have to thank me. I am just happy that I
    could be the one that– ELMO: Abby! Shh. Abby. Elmo’s not ready
    to ride that bike! ABBY: How can you say that? ELMO: Because Elmo doesn’t
    know how to ride a two wheeler. ABBY: You don’t? ELMO: No, Elmo can
    ride a tricycle, but Elmo hasn’t learned
    to ride a big bike yet. That’s why Elmo’s
    not ready to ride. ABBY: [LAUGHS] Oh, boy. [LAUGHS] ELMO: [LAUGHS] ABBY: I’m sorry, Elmo. ELMO: Oh, it’s OK. Elmo wants to ride a
    bike like that someday, but right now Elmo will
    ride his tricycle, instead. ABBY: Well that sounds
    like a good idea. ELMO: Yeah. ABBY: And hey, at least you’ve
    got your safety gear on, you’re protected, so you’re
    ready to ride your trike. See ya, Elmo! ELMO: Oh, bye Abby! Bye! Oh no. Elmo’s too protected. Elmo can’t ride like this. Abby, come back! Elmo’s not ready to ride. No, Elmo’s OK. Elmo’s protected. [MUSIC PLAYING] MAN: [SINGING] Let’s go
    driving in an automobile, let’s take a ride in the car. Listen to the motor
    go vroom, vroom, vroom as we travel near and far. Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom. Vroom, vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom. Come on everybody. Vroom, vroom, vroom vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom. Vroom, vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom. GIRL: Hey, this is fun! GIRL: [SINGING] Let’s go
    driving in an automobile, let’s take a ride in a car. Listen to the horn
    go beep, beep, beep as we travel near and far. Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep,
    beep, beep, beep, beep beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep, beep. Join in! ALL: [SINGING] Beep, beep, beep,
    beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep. MAN: Uh-oh! Look, it’s going to rain. BOY: [SINGING] Let’s go
    driving in an automobile, let’s take a ride in the car. Yeah! Window wipers go
    swish, swish, swish, swish as we travel near and far. Swish, swish, swish, swish,
    swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish. Swish, swish, swish,
    swish, swish, swish. Everybody! ALL: [SINGING] Swish, swish,
    swish swish, swish, swish, swish, swish. Swish, swish, swish,
    swish, swish, swish. WOMAN: Hey, everybody, the
    rain’s stopped! [SINGING] Let’s go driving in an automobile,
    let’s take a ride in a car. Listen to the people
    sing la, la, la as we travel near and far. La, la, la, la, la,
    la, la, la, la, la. La, la, la, la, la. Sing with me! ALL: [SINGING] La, la,
    la, la, la, la, la, la. La, la, la, la, la. MAN: OK, everybody. Let’s do them all
    now, one at a time. First, the motor. ALL: [SINGING] Vroom, vroom,
    vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom. GIRL: Now the horn! ALL: [SINGING] Beep, beep,
    beep, beep, beep, beep. BOY: The wipers! ALL: [SINGING] Swish, swish,
    swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish. WOMAN: The people! ALL: [SINGING] La,
    la, la, la, la, la. WOMAN: Once more! ALL: [SINGING]
    La, la, la, la la. La, la, la, la, la, la. MAN: Let’s go driving in a car. ALL: Yeah! JAY LENO: I’m just getting
    ready to go for a ride. First, I put on my
    boots to protect my massive, mighty,
    fleet afoot feet. Then I put on my jacket. This protects my broad chest
    and my huge, giant-like, arms. I’ll zip it up, protect
    my chest from the wind even though I laugh at danger. In fact, I was laughing
    at danger just last night. This helmet goes on my head. I only have one of
    these, so it’s easier to identify than arms. Make sure it’s tight. Put on my gloves. First this one, on this
    hand, and then the other one. Well, I’m ready
    to go for a ride. BIG BIRD: Well, I’m glad you’re
    all ready, because here we go. JAY LENO: All right. Let’s go, Big Bird. BIG BIRD: Ok, hold on. JAY LENO: Not so fast
    this time, will ya? Hey, take it easy. Slow down. BIG BIRD: OK. JAY LENO: Hey, come
    on, this is a corner! BIG BIRD: Alright, well watch
    out for the little bumpy parts. Here we go! JAY LENO: And this isn’t
    a super highway, ya know? MAN: Well, I’m all set,
    and I’m going for a ride. Hey, see if you can guess
    what I’ll be driving in, OK? OK. [SINGING] I’m going for a ride. Gonna sit behind the wheel. Gonna drive along the road. Oh, how happy I will feel. And I’m going to toot my horn. [HORN TOOTING] Gonna travel near and far. Yes, I’m going for a ride. Going riding in a car! [VROOMING] And the car goes. [TOOTING] And the car goes. [TOOTING] Gonna
    travel near and far. Going riding in a car. MAN: Hey, I’m going
    for a ride, too. But not in an old car. [SINGING] Oh, I’m
    going for a ride. [VROOMS BY] And I’m never coming back. Going to be an engineer. [VROOMS BY] Going to speed along the track. And you’ll hear my whistle blow. [WHISTLE BLOWING] And I’m happy to explain. That I’m going for a ride. Going riding in a train. [VROOMING] And the train goes. [TOOTING] And a train goes. [TOOTING] And I’m happy to explain. I’m going to riding in a train. MAN: Hey, I’m going
    for a ride, too. But not a train or a car. [SINGING] Oh, I’m
    going for a ride. Gonna sail the ocean blue. And I’m gonna be a captain. And I’m gonna have a crew. Gonna sail the seven seas. On the water I will float. Cause I’m going for a ride. Going riding in a boat. [HORN BLOWING] And a boat goes. [HORN BLOWING] And a boat goes. [HORN BLOWING] On the water I will float. Going riding in a boat. MAN: Yes, we’re
    going for a ride. [VROOMING] MAN: Yes, we’re
    going for a ride. [TOOTING] MAN: Yes, we’re
    going for a ride. [HORN BLOWING] ALL: [SINGING] Yes,
    we’re going for a ride. [CRASH] ALL: Oh, what are you doing? Watch it, where are
    ya driving that thing? Ah, help, I’m sinking! GROVER: Hello there. It is I, your adorable little
    two-wheeling friend, Grover. Check out my new bicycle. Is not attractive? I could stare at it all day. But I will not. I want to learn how
    to ride a bicycle, because I have just come all the
    way back from the Netherlands, where biking is all the rage. Plus, I like to ring
    the cute little bell. Ha ha ha ha. Ha. Now, I do not know exactly
    how to ride a bike, but it seems easy enough. Okie dokie, all systems go! Whoa. Whoa, whoa. How do you stop this thing? [CRASHING] [GASPING FOR BREATH] Not as easy as I thought. Perhaps I should start
    slower, like they do in the Netherlands. Watch this. GROVER: In the
    Netherlands, many people ride bicycles to
    get where they are going because
    everything is nearby. Work, school,
    windmills, you name it. People learn how to ride their
    bike when they are very young. This is [? Madalie. ?] She
    is almost four years old, so it is time to learn to bike! [? Madalie ?] has
    been practicing on a walking bike,
    called a loopfiets. Hmm. That is a fun word. Loopfiets. A loopfiets is like a
    bicycle, only without pedals. [? Madalie ?]
    walks as she rides, which helps her to learn
    to steer and balance. She has gotten quite
    good on the walking bike. Now she is ready
    for a real bike. Her cousin [? Mos ?] helps
    [? Madalie ?] onto the bicycle. He shows her how to put
    her feet on the pedals to make the bike move. [? Madalie ?] has never
    used petals before. This will take some
    getting used to. She has to learn to
    balance on the bike without putting her
    feet on the ground. It is not easy. But pretty soon, [? Madalie ?]
    gets the hang of it. She practices, and
    practices, and then she practices some more. And before long, she is
    riding like an expert. And having fun, too. See how proud she is? Now [? Madalie ?] can
    ride her bike anywhere. Just like everyone else
    in the Netherlands. GROVER: Well, after a
    slight modification, I have now created
    my own loopfiets. No pedals, just my cute, furry
    feet to firmly grip the ground. Here we go! Ah. Ah. Ah! I still cannot stop this thing! Ah! [CRASHES] [GROVER GROANS] GROVER: Oh, maybe I should
    forget the loopfiets and just use my own feet. This way. Oh, pardon me, sir. MAN AND ELMO: Raise your
    hand when you want to talk. Lift it high. That’s what you do. ELMO: [SINGING] Raise your
    hand when you want to talk. MAN: [SINGING] And wait for
    the teacher to call on you.

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    MEIER Live Parties: Ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway With Zach & Josh

    September 12, 2019


    (lively music) – Hi there. Josh Dess and Zach Ogilvie
    here from MEIER Real Estate. We’re continuing our weekly video content here with you at the
    Roosevelt Island Tramway. Let’s take a ride. – Hi, Raphael Polonia here
    with MEIER Real Estate, here visiting Roosevelt Island today on a beautiful New York
    City cool day, breezy day, enjoying, actually, for the
    first time as a New Yorker, a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram. The tram consists of two carts. It can occupy 125 passengers each. It also comes across the
    East River 115 times a day. It’s actually operated by the MTA. You can use your MTA
    pass to reach the island. It’s a great experience
    to catch the views, some of the scenery of the
    eastern part of Manhattan and, of course, Roosevelt Island. You guys should definitely
    come and experience. – All right, so that concludes our trip
    here to Roosevelt Island. Catch us next week on MEIER Live Party.

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    LA Metro Rail to Orange County? 🍊 Future Transit USA

    September 12, 2019


    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 patreon.com/LosAngelist Please like and subscribe!

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    Tokyo to Osaka: Cheapest and Fastest Transport Options

    September 11, 2019


    – [Narrator] Osaka is a port town and the second largest
    city in Japan after Tokyo. It has a lot in common
    with its Kanto neighbor but people here pride themselves in being a bit rough around the edges, more genuine and outgoing
    than their Tokyo counterparts. However, getting there can be a hassle and there’s more than a
    few means to get there. So to help you on your way, here are the cheapest and
    fastest ways from Tokyo to Osaka. If money isn’t an option, then you’re probably
    watching the wrong video but the Shinkansen is your fastest and most convenient way to Osaka by far. While it is the most
    expensive method on the list, you do have a few options
    depending on comfort and how fast you want to get there. The speediest bullet train is the Nozomi at about two hours and 30 minutes. The second fastest is the Hikari. It’ll save you about 310
    yen but will also add an extra 30 minutes or
    so to your travel time. The slowest is the Kodama at four hours but at a reasonable 10,300 yen. Tickets can be purchased
    at most major stations like Tokyo in Shinagawa. Also keep in mind that
    the Shinkansen only goes to Shin-Osaka station which
    is actually a few hops away from Osaka proper. There’s also an option for those not exactly in a hurry to get there. The Seishun 18 is a seasonal package consisting of five tickets
    for five non-consecutive days of unlimited travel for
    as little as 11,850 yen, in effect, making each day of
    travel cost just 2,370 yen. The catch is that these can only be used on local and rapid JR trains which makes for long journeys and complicated routes. But that can’t be all bad, right? I mean, it can’t be more
    than nine hours. (groans) flying into Osaka is also an option although it’s not the most convenient. You can find great budget airlines to Kansai International
    Airport like Vanilla Air for 4,631 yen, Peach for 4,441 yen, and Jet Star for 5,585 yen. But you do have to keep in mind the cost of getting
    from KIX to Osaka proper but you can check out our sister site, Japan Cheapo for tips on how to do that. Also worth a mention
    is Osaka Itami Airport. It’s closer to Osaka station
    making it more convenient but ticket prices tend to
    be about 5,000 more yen than flying to KIX. A trip by bus probably isn’t
    going to be your first choice but there are some great
    Cheopo picks that can get you to Osaka for as little as 2,000
    yen depending on the season and level of comfort
    you’re willing to pay for. At six to nine hours on the road, we definitely recommend
    splurging a little on comfort. Day buses tend to be slower due to traffic but a night bus departing
    as late as midnight can reach Osaka as early as dawn. Hey, if you like what you just watched, subscribe to our channel
    for more videos like them. For more tips and tricks on
    getting to Osaka from Tokyo, visit our article at tokyocheapo.com.

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    China Wants To Build Underwater Train To America

    September 7, 2019


    China can do a lot of things but America
    unused a new who I guess proposal without but China wants to build and underground train to America underwater
    travel could be the next frontier up
    international travel if these futurists or dove you know find
    their way and the whole idea is a state-run
    Chinese news outlet said basically think they’re proposing
    running China Russia Canada America Line that would be 8 thousand miles long 1800
    miles long and the trans-siberian railroad the tunnel that you know China would
    help poor beneath ICC’s will be four times the
    length traverse for the English Channel now everybody in tiny thing to do this but
    the rest the world like I’ll I don’t know what their nano I’m with the rest of the world but baby
    I’m a skeptic we see each other P happen before people
    wouldn’t believe we could do a lot of things okay people
    never believed when they built Penn Station in New York
    City they get extra credit on all under the Hudson River that could
    connect New Jersey and New York underground right people
    believe that could happen and how look it happen yes it did so this is indeed possible that this
    thing could happen arm but it will be one astonishing rail construction costing us truly I’m
    and I’m assuming that cost the price tag was in the trillions of dollars arm now where the Chinese will embark on
    this astonishing road construction and nobody knows but they’re laying down ten thousand
    there are already laying down tens of thousands a tracks hi sry let’s all across the
    country which and I had to get on my bandwagon here I he to get on my high horse but I must America we want to continue being the
    world’s economy can we please hi bag build some
    high-speed rail lines China got on Japan gotta India getting ready to get out Europe
    have them us train right train lines stock in the
    dark ages come on y’all we get them we will in washington to do something profound do something astonishing do something
    remarkable how bennett do we have to get by the
    theater she meant when it comes to high-speed well creates jobs grows our economy awesomesauce getting to New you getting
    from she usually get from Chicago teed watch for to from Chicago to Washington
    Carver New York n and hour-and-a-half be a high-speed
    rail that’s happening all across the world why can’t it happen fear I just don’t
    understand I’m preaching to the choir getting up my
    high horse now well home

    The Truth About Truck Driver Pay – Watch This Before Becoming a Trucker – Trucker Wayne
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    The Truth About Truck Driver Pay – Watch This Before Becoming a Trucker – Trucker Wayne

    September 1, 2019


    – Hey there. It’s Trucker Wayne from PAM
    Transport and Driver Solutions. Hey today I wanted to
    talk about trucker pay, and realistic trucker pay. So, when a lot of us start out, we have this vision of what
    we want to make in trucking, and a lot of us, maybe we had a Trucker Uncle
    Bob who had a great truck, beautiful house, sending his two kids to college, making a lot of money, doing great. We wanna get out there. We wanna do it. We wanna make a lot of money. We wanna see the country. And, I think what
    happens to a lot of us is we get out there that first year, the first year, that’s very important, and all of a sudden we realize this is gonna be a struggle. Now I think that it’s
    very realistic to think that you could do okay your first year. I really do. I did good my first year and I ran a lot. My wheels were always runnin’ and I did alright. I didn’t do great the first year, I did alright. And everything opened
    up after the first year. So I think on one hand, when you start out, you’re lookin’ at Trucker
    Uncle Bob who has everything. Been in this business for a while, has the house, has the truck, like I was saying, sending his two kids to college, that’s what you want. You get into your first year, and all of a sudden you’re struggling, and you’re learning, and you’re not making as much as maybe you thought you may or maybe you hope you did. But, if you can stick this out, this trucking industry, I’ll tell ya, it’s more of a long-term tenure thing. If you can stick it out that first year, things come to you. The money will come. With the more seniority you have, the more pay you’re gonna get, the longer runs you’re gonna have. When I was flat bedding I
    had to have two years in, and they ran me from
    coast to coast to coast, and I was able to go into Canada if they wanted me to go into Canada. It all comes together with tenure, with time in. The first year, I think you’re learning, making mistakes, and it can all kinda come together where you’re not makin’
    as much as you hope so, or as much as you hoped you were going to. So, just keep that in mind. This is definitely a tenure business, and when you get the tenure in, you get the seniority in, the money does come. Last, I’m gonna say, and I don’t think this is said enough, is people, or companies like PAM Transport, they give truckers, they give beginning truckers a chance. Not many trucking companies do that. And they’re very safe too. Now I have time in, I didn’t start with PAM. And they hire people with seniority, but they give thousands
    and thousands of truckers a chance to get out on the road and do it. Not many companies do that. You gotta give a shout out to PAM. They given all these
    truckers a good start. And if your wheels are runnin’, you’re gonna do okay at PAM. You will. If your wheels are runnin’, you’ll do good, and you’ll enjoy it, and you’ll become that
    trucker that has one year in, two years in, I’m gonna have five years in pretty soon, and then 20 years in. Then you can be just like
    your Trucker Uncle Bob if you want to, with your own truck maybe, owner/operator, or workin’ for someone else. Just basically, remember, realistic trucker pay. Just remember that, because first year is gonna be a struggle, shootin’ for 20 and all the money that that can give you, too. This is Trucker Wayne
    with Driver Solutions and PAM Transport. I’m out.

    Bus Operator Safety Training
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    Bus Operator Safety Training

    August 30, 2019


    safety safety czar priority that’s what
    you know Safety’s always a priority got to look around space management anything
    that’s close to your bus in that four feet area is a hazard okay let’s move
    over the head anticipate what kind of school zone crossing very good straight
    ahead my staff and I recently met with the
    commissioners vision zero team to discuss our safety and training programs
    and buses as a result of that meeting there’s a great deal of excitement
    surrounding the possibilities of sharing our experience with other agencies
    throughout the city hello I’m Steve Idol I’m the vice president of transportation
    safety and training for the department of buses in New York City Transit we’re
    here at the Arthur Riga training department in the simulator room and I
    just want to talk about some of the things that we’re doing here to address
    what’s on everybody’s mind is vision zero mayor’s new initiative to eliminate
    pedestrian fatalities and Endor accidents and there’s a good story to
    tell about the things that we’re doing here to assist in in achieving that goal
    on the part of the entire city got a lot of roadway here now cut your wheel see
    you left nice and easy don’t oversteer it take a look at your
    right take a look at your pivot once you clear you can go out straight straight
    ahead of your pivot look to your right always constantly
    looking until you clear them again look at this turn that’s a hazard right there
    road way over here is like in your cones from the New York City Transit
    standpoint we’ve got a series of programs in place where we train our
    operators to a very high standard we hold them to that standard throughout
    their career we monitor them very closely in there and all of their
    activities through a variety of methods including analyzing all their accident
    on a per-student basis and doing follow-up undercover rides on our
    operators and just in general ensuring that they’re operating the way that we
    want them to in the way that they’ve been trained to operate I have been a
    bus operator I’m in my 12th year and I Drive the m79 right behind you you have
    the simulator which shows day-to-day operations and real-life situations of a
    bus operator demonstrates pedestrians crossing vehicles crossing a path and
    real-life situation traffic situations whatever you see here is when you see
    outside in the real world when job in a real bus we have hundreds of operators
    clerks cycling through the training centre on a weekly basis and a message
    to them as well as their every student that walks through the door as a brand
    new hire is that we want them to provide safe reliable service to the riding
    public not only that we want them to provide the same kind of service to
    their every one of their passengers that they would want for their mother or
    their grandmother or their child to have and if we can inculcate that message
    throughout our organization and everybody is driving a member of their
    family I think the whole city should be comfortable knowing that they’re going
    to get a safe ride when they get on one of our buses

    Road officials considering plans to improve 27th  Street railroad crossing
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    Road officials considering plans to improve 27th Street railroad crossing

    August 28, 2019


    20:16 Montana Department of Transportation study identified that railroad crossing at North 27th Street in Billings is one that could be improved today project managers and MDT officials met with the public to hear what the people of Billings have to say qts Mitchell Agee attended the meeting and joins us now with those details Mitch Russell Janelle the 27th Street railroad crossing is often a source of frustration for Billings residents according to the Montana Department of Transportation on average close to 15,000 cars crossed the tracks on 27th per day MDT wants to do one of three things to change that at grade railroad crossing they could either bring traffic over the tracks with the two-lane overpass or bring traffic son excuse me traffic under the tracks with either a two-lane tunnel or a two-lane underpass and they’re still in the process of gathering public comment from citizens and businesses on which decision may be right for Billings and what we want to do is turn the crank a little bit more add more data into the bucket and get the tier two analysis down into what we want to call the tier 3 analysis that the outcome of that would be a single preferred alternative either an overpass or an underpass that we would come back and present to the public and how we got there with the information that we have and if you want to make yourself heard or see the concept drawings for yourself you still have time to head to the community room at the Billings public library project officials will be there until 8 o’clock tonight Russ all right Thank You Mitch