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Old April 28th, 2012, 02:52 AM   #3761
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I've been subscribing to this channel. It have some great videos, but I'm wondering if anyone know of some channels that have the equal quality and length in minutes, but focus on urban transit in Tokyo.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 07:26 PM   #3762
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Some of these won't match exactly what you're looking for, but I frequently get videos from these uploaders:

http://www.youtube.com/user/karibajct
http://www.youtube.com/user/seigen120kaihin
http://www.youtube.com/user/AGUIMOVIE
http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperExpress1
http://www.youtube.com/user/kirin0825
http://www.youtube.com/user/shuuuji
http://www.youtube.com/user/HINTEL1824TRAIN
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Old April 28th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #3763
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one more
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Old April 28th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #3764
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In addition to quashlo's and coth's suggestions, I'll add:

http://www.youtube.com/user/aomonoya
http://www.youtube.com/user/ayokoi
http://www.youtube.com/user/ISO8
http://www.youtube.com/user/JRwtrains
http://www.youtube.com/user/syaso
http://www.youtube.com/user/tobu2181
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Old April 28th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #3765
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I love Yurikamome. One of the most modern symbols of modern Japanese railway technology.

Btw, Yurikamome is fully automatic.........though of course, there may be times where a driver or staff is usually in the driver's seat (acts like a supervisor when train is in full-auto)

Or of course, it can be driven manually (see pic below):

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Old April 28th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #3766
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Old April 28th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #3767
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Ahh. Very nice. Thanks guys!
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Old April 29th, 2012, 06:46 AM   #3768
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Kinki Sharyō named preferred bidder for 78-train LRV contract for LA Metro
http://www.railwayobserver.com/index...8-lrv-contract

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Los Angeles Metro has named Kinkisharyo as the preferred bidder for a USD 299 million contract for 78 new light rail vehicles. In addition, the contract includes four options for the purchase of an additional 157 light rail cars for USD 591 million.

Two other firms proposed on the project. The base order and option rail cars are planned for use on the Expo Line, Gold Line Foothill Extension, Crenshaw Line and Blue Line, which has several 69 vehicles due to be retired later in this decade.

Although the design of the interiors of the new cars has not been finalized, many of the seats in the new cars will be wider than the new rail cars that debuted on the Gold Line in recent years. There will also be efforts made to maximize extra space for bikes in the rail cars.

One of the criteria looked at by Metro staff was the ability of the contractor to generate jobs in the United States. As part of its proposal, Kinkisharyo committed to creating new USA jobs totaling nearly USD 98 million in wages and benefits — primarily by establishing a new rail car production facility in the USA.
This one slipped under my nose, but it appears there is some backlash because the offer by Siemens would have created more American jobs (in California, no less). I'm curious where Kinki Sharyō intends to establish their facility...
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Old April 29th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #3769
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That is a good question. Kinki Sharyo's US subsidiary is based in a posh suburb of Boston (I assume in an "office park" where nothing is produced except paperwork emanating from cube workstations), perhaps a result of its business with MBTA. Conventional wisdom would indicate that any manufacturing facility would be located close to biggest current or potential customers, perhaps this would favor a California location, which is also close to other west coast markets in the PacNW and desert/mountain states. If tax incentives and labor costs are a big factor, perhaps a Texas location (i.e.Dallas) would be attractive, it is centrally located close (relatively) to potential midwest markets in addition to the Denver market, it's in the high growth sun belt, and the presence of subsidiaries of other Japanese firms makes it comfortable for expat Japanese staff (as opposed to say, Lincoln NE).
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Old April 29th, 2012, 04:00 PM   #3770
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If I'm not mistaken, they are also bidding for a Portland Oregon Tri-Met contract too... That would make it likely that they establish a final-assembly facility somewhere maybe in northern California maybe? But then again, I could see them doing it in the South or Midwest-- Easy access to freight rail lines from there to anywhere nationwide and low taxes... and LOTS of industrial spaces that need new tenants.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 04:51 AM   #3771
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This article doesn't say much but could be construed to indicate that Kinki Sharyō would establish the plant somewhere in SoCal. The statements by the competitors (CAF and Siemens) indicate they plan on building "local" facilities in SoCal as well. Picking a place and settling down is a big investment, but perhaps Kinki Sharyō sees enough growth potential in the West Coast and Midwest.

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Old April 30th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #3772
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Approaching Shiodome, one of Tōkyō’s largest skyscraper clusters, built on the site of a former JR marshalling yard.

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In more accurate fact, the area of "Sio-site" (Shiodome urban redevelopment area) was mainly functioned as railway freight yard in 1914~1987.

After the privatization of JNR in 1987, lands of that area were transferred to JNR Settlement Corporation for sale in order to discharge the liabilities of JNR.


Even before 1914 (the year Tokyo Station finally opened), Shiodome was the site of Japanese Government Railways (Tōkaidō Main Line) passenger terminal,

which was opened in the name of Shimbashi as the first railway section between Shimbashi & Yokohama (Sakuragichō) officially commenced service in 1872.

(Original main structure of Old Shimbashi Station had been destroyed by Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923. 80 years later, replica of which was built for the use of railway history exhibitions)
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Old April 30th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #3773
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The statements by the competitors (CAF and Siemens) indicate they plan on building "local" facilities in SoCal as well.
Siemens has an LRV production site in Sacramento.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 07:40 PM   #3774
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Yes, and I originally thought that's what they meant by "local"...
But if you read that article, they actually say Siemens will build an additional manufacturing and assembly plant in LA as part of their bid.
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A (little) more about the LA Metro deal:
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Despite an outcry from labor unions, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved buying up to $900 million worth of light-rail cars for various transit projects under construction and to replace aging models.

The deal with Kinkisharyo International LLC involves the initial purchase of 78 rail cars for $299 million. Metro has the option to purchase an additional 157 rail cars for up to $591 million.

Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy stressed the need to hire a contractor that would deliver rail cars on time and under budget, noting the Expo Line Phase II and Gold Line Foothill Extension are both slated to open in just three years.

"We are out of slack, since the last several years of delay has consumed whatever slack there had been," he said. "We are now right on the edge of slipping behind the construction schedule."
Metro negotiated with AnsaldoBreda to buy 100 rail cars in 2009, but the deal fell through. The company is several years late in delivering rail cars for other Metro projects.
With a potential $900 million in orders, I think Kinki Sharyo will have few second thoughts about building a plant in SoCal, after all...

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Old May 1st, 2012, 09:57 PM   #3776
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The bid evaluations can be found here:
http://www.metro.net/board/Items/201...15OPItem54.pdf

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                                                 CAF      Kinki    Siemens
                                                 USA      Sharyo   Industry
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Experience and past performance                  29.2      33.0      30.9
Price (as evaluated with U.S. jobs trade-off)    30.0      27.8      26.1
Technical compliance                             14.2      15.1      14.5
Project management experience                     6.2       7.4       6.8
=============================================  ========  ========  ========
TOTAL                                            79.6      83.3      78.3
Kinki Sharyō was 1st in “experience and past performance”, “technical compliance”, and “project management experience”, and 2nd in “price”. The Siemens bid offered about 40 more jobs, but its edge in overall U.S. employment value is basically negligible:

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Metro’s analysis shows that the Siemens bid would create 391 new jobs, Kinkisharyo would generate 348 and CAF 205. Metro also contends that the overall economic benefit from job creation would be $140.6 million for Siemens, compared with $138.8 million for Kinkisharyo.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...-protests.html

There’s still some objection to Kinki Sharyō’s plan to build the first few cars in Japan, but given that this scheme has frequently been used in the past, I doubt anything will come of it. It appears to be mostly a done deal, which would make this the largest single order they’ve ever won in the North American market.
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A supplement to quashlo's info above, including subcontractor details:
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The Metro board voted 8-1 to approve the award of the contract to preferred bidder Kinkisharyo International. Metro believes the US subsidiary of Japanese firm Kinki Sharyo represented the best overall value, although not the lowest price, enjoying advantages in technical compliance, scheduling risk and project management.

Subcontractors would include Ansaldo STS (ATP), Dellner (couplers), INIT (passenger-counting systems), Knorr-Bremse (brakes), Saft (batteries), Toyo Denki USA (traction equipment) and TransTech (pantographs).
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 11:34 PM   #3778
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At Shijō-mae Station, looking east towards Toyosu. Shin-Toyosu Station is just ahead.
This site is the future location of the new market to replace Tsukiji Market.

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One advantage of the area’s wider-than-typical roads is that it makes it a lot easier to put an elevated guideway down the middle.

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At Toyosu, the current terminus and an interchange with the Tōkyō Metro Yūrakuchō Line. Trains currently empty out here, but the long-term plan for the Yurikamome is to extend it north onto Harumi Island, and potentially all the way to Ginza, although the last leg north of Harumi may be replaced by a surface tram line.

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I knew the Yurikamome line from a anime called Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (about a big earthquake in Japanese main city), in the first episode.

A doubt: how much cost to build the Yurikamome, per Kilometer? I'm a Architecture/Urbanism student and I study a new public transportation here in my city (Sorocaba, Brazil, 600.000 unhabitants) to my project in University.
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$170 million/km
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