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"Improved bus service can make our cities better places to live for all citizens and help address some of America's deepest social and environmental problems. But there is an enormous mismatch between how badly American cities need good bus service and how committed their leaders are to providing it. In Better Buses, Better Cities, transit expert Steven Higashide shows that it does not have to be this way. In defiance of the national trend, bus ridership...
"In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew larger, the streets became increasingly clogged with horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 brought New York City to a halt, a solution had to be found. Two brothers--Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York City--pursued the dream of his city being the first American metropolis to have a subway and the great race was on. The competition...
People are the life-blood of cities. Its transport links are its veins and arteries. If they're cut-off the city will die. Thousands of people work every day at making it possible for city dwellers to be where they need to be, when they need to be there. It's an endless task demanding brain and brawn. Without the army of drivers, diggers, planners, thinkers, our great cities would come to a halt.
Focusing primarily on the Big Apple (New York), this program takes an in-depth look at the past, present and future of subways in America. Technological challenges including boring tunnels through Manhattan schist and laying flexible tunnel tubes in San Francisco Bay are spotlighted, as are safety issues such as fire containment. The terrorist attack at Ground Zero is also considered
Technology has definitely made travel easier: a transatlantic trip used to be a weeks-long sea voyage but today takes only hours. This film explores the possibilities that exist for travel in the future. From cars that steer themselves, and flights from London to New York that take only two hours, civilian space travel - travel in the future will mean less stress and more fun.