What role can public transportation play in building a more livable nation?
Written and produced by David Freudberg in association with WGBH Boston
Most people in metropolitan areas face choices when we travel — to go by car or to use public transit? These decisions have a huge impact on our wallets, on the environment and on our quality of life.
World-class experts, colorful personal stories (including winner of the month-long Car-Free Challenge) and cool stereo sounds of trains! Voices heard include:
Richard Rodriguez, Chicago Transit Authority president
DePaul University student riders
M.P. Carter, Memphis Area Transportation Authority
Prof. Robert Cervero, UC/Berkeley urban planning chair
Larry Hanley, Amalgamated Transit Workers president
Betty Turner, Bank of America; Natalie English, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Matt Maryl, Apollo Alliance
John Inglish, Utah Transit Authority CEO
Part 1: Going Car-Free
The story of a Virginia man who accepted his county’s “challenge” to go car-free for a month; plus voices of motorists filling up at the pump; bus riders in a low-income neighborhood and others.
Part 2: The Business of Public Transit
Business people and environmentalists come together: improved public transportation helps to grow the economy, for lots of reasons. Bankers and the Sierra Club on the same side.
Part 3: Cars and Carbon
What is the global warming footprint of cars vs. public transit? Story of a family seeking a low-carbon lifestyle. Also, hear the views of transportation experts, the president of AAA, and others.
Part 4: Taxation for Transportation
Gas taxes you pay at the pump go into a huge pool of federal transportation funds. How should the money be divided up? Plus high-speed rail, pro and con.
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