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Lesson 41 Transportation Schedules

· Have you ever traveled by train? Where?

· What can passengers do on a train?

· Is the train service in your country reliable?

· Have you ever traveled by airplane? Where?

· What can passengers do on an airplane?

· Do you think flying is exciting or boring? Why?

· Why are some people afraid to fly? Are you?

· Can you read a transportation schedule? Let’s find out…

Train Schedule: Eurostar

 

Eurostar is a popular European train service. Eurostar is a train service that connects London with Lille, Paris, and Brussels. Trains cross the English Channel through the Channel tunnel. The French and Belgian parts of the line are high-speed rail, and since September 2003, so is part of the route in England, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

London to Paris takes 2 hours 35 minutes. London to Brussels takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. The company that runs Eurostar is a joint venture between Belgian, French and British railway companies. British Pounds and Euros may be used to buy refreshments on the trains. The border between France and the UK is in the middle of the tunnel.

 

DEPART

EUROSTAR

ARRIVE

LONDON

TRAIN NO

BRUSSELS

NOTES

614

9108

1002

Mon-Sat

653

9110

1037

Mon-Fri

827

9116

1210

1027

9124

1405

1227

9132

1610

1423

9140

1802

1627

9148

2010

1719

9152

2106

Departs 1723 Sat, 1727 Sun

1827

9156

2210

Except Sat

1927

9160

2310

Questions:

1. What is Eurostar?

2. Which cities does Eurostar connect?

3. How do trains cross the English Channel?

4. How long does London to Paris take?

5. How long does London to Brussels take?

6. Which currencies can passengers use on the train?

7. Where is the British and French border?

8. What time does train 9108 depart London?

9. What time does train 9116 arrive in Brussels?

10. Does train 9148 arrive in Brussels at 2110?

11. Does train 9108 run on Sundays?

12. Does train 9156 run on Saturdays?

13. What time does train 9152 depart on Sundays?

14. Which train arrives in Brussels at 2010?

15. Which train departs London at 1227?

Airline Schedule: These flights leave Taipei and arrive in San Francisco.

Depart TPE

Arrive SFO

Airline

Stop

Trip Time

7:00 a.m.

8:45 a.m.

China Airlines

Hong Kong

17:45

8:40 a.m.

8:35 a.m.

Eva

Osaka

15:55

9:15 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

Northwest

Tokyo

14:15

10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

United

Tokyo

15:30

4:35 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong

16:55

8:20 p.m.

7:35 p.m.

Japan Airlines

Hong Kong

15:15

10:55 p.m.

1130 p.m.

Singapore Air

Los Angeles

16:35

Questions:

1. How many flights are there?

2. Which is the earliest flight? Which is the latest?

3. What time does China Airlines depart Taipei?

4. What time does Eva Airlines arrive in San Francisco?

5. If you want to leave Taipei in the afternoon, which flight would you take?

6. If you want a night flight, which flight would you take?

7. Which airline has the longest trip time? The shortest?

8. Are there any direct flights?

9. Where does Singapore Air stop?

10. Where does United Airlines stop?

11. How many flights stop in Hong Kong?

12. If you had to choose from these flights, which one would you pick? Why?

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you prefer to travel by train or by airplane? Why?

2. What is the longest train journey you have ever taken? How long was it?

3. What is the longest flight you have ever taken? How long was it?

4. Would you like to travel in Europe? Where would you like to go?

5. Would you like to travel in the USA? Where would you like to go?

6. What do you know about San Francisco?

7. What do you know about Tokyo?

8. What do you know about London?

9. What do you know about Brussels?

 

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