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    A Ride Through METRORail History
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    A Ride Through METRORail History

    November 10, 2019

    (MUSIC PLAYS) I’m Laura Whitley, a communications specialist here at METRO. I’m always excited to share METRO’s story. And as they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since a horn made history, right here. The sound signaled a new era METRO trains started running on New Years Day 2004. Plans approved by voters were on track and thousands were traveling from Downtown to Reliant Park, playing host to the Super Bowl the very next month. The original Main Street line was renamed “Red,” extended to the Northline Transit Center in 2013. (CELEBRATION) And two years later, riders were seeing green and purple with rail expanding again… CHAIR GARCIA: And rail is right outside the door! And remember, it’s YOUR rail …offering services on the East End and to TSU and the University of Houston. then, just before the last Super Bowl Houston hosted in 2017, the Harrisburg Overpass opened. Completing the Green Line’s run from the Magnolia Transit Center to the
    Theater District Downtown. More milestones for METRO, now celebrating 40 years of service to you.

    How To Train A Knight
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    How To Train A Knight

    November 5, 2019

    It’s not good enough. I am a champion, and
    I will win! Now I’ve got to find a way. Hello? Can I
    help you? I need help, I need to get fitter and I need to win by any means necessary. Challenge accepted! So James, the blokes who have been invited
    this year are huge. There’s a bloke from Canada who might as well be the same size
    as the Rockies. Huge Polish guys. And our female jouster is beautiful but terrifying
    and incredibly powerful. I need something that is going to allow me to compete with
    these men mountains. Alright so we’re looking for heart, some
    determination, and definitely some aggression. None of which I really have. I’ve got just the thing. Really? Come on, hit the bag. Right. So we’re going to be using the prowler next,
    ok so we’re going to use to rope to pull in so working a lot of forearms and a
    lot of upper back muscles. Good for your stabilising for the jousting. And then we’re push it back
    out in a sprint style so working lots of legs and stamina as well.
    So let’s get on with it! Let’s go. 3…2…1 let’s go! Pull it in. Pull pull pull! That’s it hand over hand, get that body moving! Pull pull pull pull! Now let’s sprint it out, push push
    push. Go go go go go go. Run run run run! And time. Let’s go back again pull it in pull it in! Full body into it. Come on! Let’s go Lancelot! Ahhhhh!
    Crikey Nice. Okay so we’re moving onto the battleropes now so we’ll do a few different patterns
    keeping the rope moving continuously Heart rate up, lots of shoulders stability for the
    lance and a lot of core stability as well. Excellent, as many as I can do as quick as
    I can? Yep, we’re going to go for time. Okay let’s
    go. So pick the ropes up, we’re going to start
    with an alternate whip, so go go go go. Faster than that. Now let’s go doubles, so full extensions right up pull right down. Nice! And relax. ARRRGHHHH! YEEEAHHHH! Andy – hope you’re not too tired for this?! You’ve got to be joking?! What am I
    supposed to do with that?! We’re going to flip-out.
    *Laughs* show me! Let’s go so up up up, drive drive drive,
    go go go go! There we go nice. Let’s go so you drive
    forward drive forward run through it. Shove it over boom get back in let’s go. Stop Eh? HAMMERTIME! Alright big man that’ll do you for today, how you feeling? Ruddy awful. But I know defeat will feel worse. So, same again in the morning at 6am? *sigh* alright. See you t’*groan*
    Let’s go!

    Looking Back at Seattle Transit’s ‘Forward Thrust’
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    Looking Back at Seattle Transit’s ‘Forward Thrust’

    October 10, 2019

    Seattle has been growing — rapidly — for years. And there’s one thing that newcomers always ask: “Where’s the subway?” “How come there aren’t any trains?” “I thought the Seattle was this big, sophisticated city?” Well, the story begins almost 50 years ago in 1968, when many major cities started building mass transit. Seattle had a plan, too, called “Forward Thrust.” As one progressive leader said, “People will come. You either prepare for them or you don’t.” Lots of great civic projects were on that ballot in February, 1968. In order to “thrust” the region forward, the big one was a 47-mile rapid-rail system with 32 stations. It would cost King County taxpayers $400 million, with the Federal government paying the rest. The voters chose:
    A covered stadium, parks and recreation, highways, and sewers. They did not choose (*buzzing noise*) — rapid transit. But Forward Thrust was not about to stop thrusting, and the feds really wanted to help. Two years later, Forward Thrust tried again. But something had changed. The country was in recession. Boeing laid off nearly 75 percent of its Seattle employees. Voters weren’t in the mood for new taxes, no matter how good of a deal it was. The thrusting has come to an end. And the $900 million in Federal money? It went to Atlanta, which built a shiny, new subway system. Twenty year later, voters said “We should have trains!” and approve a 25-mile light-rail system, (*Cheering*) immediately followed by years of arguing about where it would go and how much it would cost. And then, lots of people fell in love… with the Monorail. In 1997, they said “Let’s build it too, all over the city!” City residents approve a plan, and lots of money is spent acquiring property before the entire idea falls apart and is scrapped. Finally, in 2009, we have a light-rail line. It is 14 miles long, from downtown Seattle to the airport. In another seven years, it goes to Capitol Hill and all the way to the University of Washington. *Cheering* People love the trains, and voted for more. Soon, trains will go to Northgate, Lynnwood and Bellevue. *Train bell rings* Sound Transit 3 — if approved — will be a $54 billion plan that includes 62 new miles of light rail to Ballard, West Seattle, and all the way to Redmond, and Issaquah, Everett to the north, and south to Tacoma. And it will open in 2041, just 73 years after the first Forward Thrust. “In Close” on KCTS 9 is made possible in part by BECU.