English Culture Videos

"Commuter Trains"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

The name of the train is called ____.

The train system was finished in April of ____.

The train line stretches for about ___ miles.

The train's top speed is ___ miles an hour.

In Randall's case, he likes taking the train because it _____.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

What means of transportation do people use in your area to get to work? Which is the most efficient and cost effective? Do employers and schools pay for train or bus passes? Here are some possible statements to get you started:

  • Taking the bus is most cost efficient because ______.
  • Riding the train is a very efficient way to get to school because _____.
  • I take the train because _____.
  • Many people drive to work due to the fact that ______.
  • Because there are no buses or trains in my area, I ______.

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and I just got off the Utah's FrontRunner Train. It was completed in April of 2008, and it's the state's first and only commuter rail train. Uh, it sounds like maybe another train is coming right now, an uh, this train runs along a corridor . . . a series of cities for about 44 miles. The train's top speed is about 79 miles an hour, and the reasons why I like the train system is number one, my university pays for my train pass, it's very convenient, and I can always get a seat in the morning, well, usually. So, until the next day.