China is building the world’s deepest and largest underground high-speed railway station at a popular tourist section of the Great Wall. The station is part of the country’s preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
“The Badaling station will be located 102 meters (335 feet) below the surface, with an underground construction area of 36,000 square meters (387,501 sq feet), equal to five standard soccer fields, making it the deepest and largest high-speed railway station in the world,” said Chen Bin, director in charge of construction for China Railway No 5 Engineering Group.
Badaling received 30,000 tourists in just one day during the Chinese New Year holiday week, according to the China National Tourism Administration.
The underground station will form part of a 174km high-speed railway line linking Beijing with Zhangjiakou, the host city for the Winter Olympics.
(scmp.com, reuters.com, photo from Imaginechina / Rex Features, theguardian.com)
Nation’s First Autonomous Shuttle
Arlington will launch what it calls the nation’s first autonomous public shuttle network next week for the Dallas Cowboys preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The free shuttles will transport fans from remote parking lots to the game at AT&T Stadium.
The Texas city calls the new shuttles “milo” (short for mile zero). EasyMile of Toulouse, France, makes the shuttles, which can carry 12 passengers (or 10 passengers and a wheelchair).
A milo shuttle can travel up to 20 mph and can accelerate, brake and steer by itself. Its driverless technology enables it to avoid collisions by detecting other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and obstacles. A certified operator is always onboard.
The new shuttle network is part of a one-year pilot program. It costs $272,000 to lease the vehicles for the entire year.
(photo from star-telegram.com)
NY Transit Inspires “Delayed” Pilsner
Blue Point Brewing Company introduced a new pilsner this week named “Delayed.” Blue Point officials said the special edition beer was inspired by recent delays on New York’s Long Island Rail Road.
The new beer is available exclusively at Penn Station in Manhattan.
(upi.com, photo from instagram.com/bluepointbrewing)
First-Of-Its-Kind Uber Service
has teamed up with Uber in a new way to offer a unique service. Link on Demand uses the ride-hailing company’s ride-pooling technology and the Colorado city’s 12-passenger buses from its fleet of shuttles.
“This partnership with Uber is the first of its kind in the nation,” said Jackie Millet, mayor. “I think for a community our size, this work is tremendous. Hopefully, what we’re doing here is going to be able to be duplicated by other communities around the country.”
Uber views it as a model for how its technology can be used to improve the efficiency of local transportation systems.
The pilot project will continue through the end of December. Anyone with the Uber app on their phone can call on one of the shuttles for a free ride to and from any place within Lone Tree.
(photo from denverpost.com, oianews.com)
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