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Travel To Relax – Living in United States Discovery Documentary

Living in United States Discovery Documentary 2015 HD

Yeah welcome to the series that takes you to
the heart of america and reveal the inner workings of our country as you
have never seen them before I'm you'll quan I've worked in many
different fields from law to government to business I've even one the reality show survivor
but in every part of my life I've been fascinated by the same things systems
and networks we're going to go on quite a journey coast-to-coast across this
sprawling land to discover the habits the rhythms and the secrets that you
only notice when you step back and see the big picture interchanges oddly
elegant in the next hour aerial photography and satellite
tracking will reveal how America's transportation systems make us the most
mobile people on earth we built the vast networks of roads
rails and airwaves and an army of workers keep the wheels turning hey let's like the bus driver but it's
getting harder and harder to keep all these systems running well i think the
freeways will get so slow where a lot of people just decide it's not worth the
grief many of them are aging designed at a time when America was far less crowded
you have a disruption at one place and it ripples all the way across country it
does have a ripple effect but even as he struggled to keep up every day our
systems miraculously managed to get us where we need to go this is a story of 310 million Americans
on the move this is America revealed yeah America revealed is made possible by the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by contributions to your PBS station
from viewers like you thank you monday morning just before dawn but this isn't the night sky this is America this is us each of these points of light represents
7,500 people they create brilliant constellations that span the continent
from the faint glow of small towns to the blaze of cities like Chicago and New
York to connect these dots we built four million miles of roads 200,000 miles of
rails 5,000 airports the largest transportation network in history but keeping it all moving that's
America's challenge in the 21st century and nowhere does that challenge loom
larger than in New York City it's the perfect example of a powerful but aging
transportation network that moves millions even while straining under
their weight take the island of Manhattan 23 square miles home to 1.6
Million people every weekday morning is population nearly doubles swelling with
an army of commuters these people are essential to the life of the city
getting all of them onto this tiny island in only a few hours is a daily
adventure that teeters on the edge of chaos and it's about to begin at 630am
I'm coming in on the red-eye from LA to JFK International Airport and I've got
plenty of company reported the path of every plane landing in New York's three
major airports in a 24-hour period a flight comes and goes every 24 seconds
that's more than 3,500 flights a day I 7am thousands of yellow cabs are
picking up their first fears of the day at the airports and heading for men hand
this taxi is one in 50,000 vehicles that will leave its way through New York's
necklace of bridges and tunnels in the next power just below these bridges more
than a hundred thousand people are traveling to and from the island by boat these are the traces of those vessels
darting around New York's rivers and harbor including one fleet which alone
Carrie 65,000 commuters a day staten island ferry yeah as thousands descend on the island by
here road and water even more arrive by rail long island railroad trains carry
suburban commuters into Manhattan every two to four minutes along with pack
trains from New Jersey and amtrak trains they all converge at America's busiest
commuter hub New York's penn station while only a few blocks away trains from the north stream into
another bustling train station grand central terminal but getting people on to Manhattan is
just half the battle now they have to deal with this the streets run yellow with taxis
competing with thousands of trucks and cars and bus routes crisscross the
island adding another layer to the traffic I'm not surprised the word gridlock
originated here it's ATM and it looks like nobody's
going anywhere but beneath the streets it's a different
story i'm talking about the subway every day
this system carries over 5 million passengers citywide without it traffic would overwhelm Manhattan
streets and the city couldn't function but the subway has had an even bigger
impact than that starting in the early nineteen hundreds when the first track
was laid to build a transportation system in America whole cities and towns
will spring up around it the subway system is a prime example it determined
how New York City took shape and dictate the patterns of its inhabitants lives
look beneath this forest of midtown Manhattan skyscrapers multiple subway
lines converge here funneling in hard-working commuters from the city's
outer boroughs like Queens this is a snapshot of what Queens look
like in 1917 when subway construction was just getting started and here is
what it looks like today a busy vibrant borough the subway made Queens possible but how 100 years ago to combat overcrowding and
lower Manhattan tenements New York expanded its fledgling subway system to
the sparsely populated outer boroughs critics call them the tracks to nowhere
but New Yorkers soon got onboard lured by the promise of open land just a short
ride from their jobs by the nineteen-twenties these lines
were carrying more passengers than they could handle the city plan to add over
100 miles of new track but first the Depression hit then World War two yeah today we're stuck with the same basic
wheels that were out of date in the nineteen thirties and the number of
passengers keeps going up with every passing decade it's a pattern will see
all over the country enormous but aging system was working hard harder to keep
up with the growth to help create it's ten a.M. In the morning commute is
winding down the city has survived another rush hour and millions have made
it to their destinations New York's public transit system may be old and
crowded but without it this teeming metropolis would come to a screeching
halt the same is true across the country are public transportation systems are
what keep the nation moving there's one system that carries a whopping 26
million Americans every day more than any other form of public transport there it is there it is again the humble school bus what's up guys good morning and come to
kingman arizona to meet a guy who keeps one of these yellow Marvel's moving here rush hour is just beginning for many
students in this desert community buses are the only way to get to school around
the country kids rely on a half-million member army of transportation experts
the nations school bus drivers here let's make the bus driver when these
kids are on the bus they're my kids and I'll mess and I
don't take that lightly you have to be the mother the father the
mediator the nurse the cool uncle like how many miles you drive every day
on average all do about a hundred sixty-five miles a day and that's a few
that's just me this is mike's bus it's just one of
kingdoms 53 buses replanted gps devices on them and found that they drive
one-and-a-half million miles every year to every corner of the school district
an area the size of Delaware that's repeated nationwide in thousands of
school districts large and small tho system quite like this anywhere in the
world here in the US. If you can't get there on foot you can
get a ride to your local school even if it's not that local so you guys are
really kind of like the lifeblood of the system right i mean without you these
kids wouldn't even be able to get an education no they wouldn't be able to get the
school now we keep pumping the kids in so they can get educated our school buses worked amazingly well
which is good considering how much we rely on them but there are other
transportation networks out there that face big challenges including the system
that first connected the country from coast to coast and made modern America
possible the railroads to create a nation wide web of tracks
the federal government launched one of the most ambitious and expensive
infrastructure projects in human history and for nearly a hundred year's
America's railways were the fastest and most popular way to travel but not
anymore to get a glimpse of what keeps our trains going and what slows them
down I've come to the rail hub of the United
States Chicago more trains pass through this city than
any other because in the eighteen hundreds Chicago's politicians lobby to
make sure all national rail lines and here that created jobs but also logistical
nightmares today there are three different systems
here with different needs all fighting for space on one set of tracks commuter
trains making local pickups amtrak trains traveling longer distances with
fewer stops but those two passenger networks are dominated by the biggest
slowest network of all yeah free our economy depends on goods carried by
rail from coast to coast we have the world's most efficient and
profitable trade system moving nearly ten times as much as $MONEY euro it's so successful that free companies
owned most of America's tracks and many of our freight trains pass through one
small section of Chicago's freight yards 27 miles of track behind me will move
about 1.75 Million free cars each year but this phenomenal success has come at
a price the system isn't nearly as good at
moving something else people so what is it about the freight system that gets in
our way this is Jack strength is using a remote
control to push that train of a man-made he'll be call the double hump shipping
companies built this hill so that men like Jack can process all the free
coming through this yard and reassemble cars according to destination the
network we depend on to ship our goods depends on Jack his remote control and a
surprisingly simple process known as pumping pumping is exactly a slang word
for classifying the cars sorting kind of like a postal facility but instead of
sorting mail your starting these kinds of time freight cars exactly after Jack
pushes the cars up the hill area called she separates them by hand a century old
technique called pin pulling this bar up her give me a signal so they want to
make the cut and then jackets gravity drag each car
down the other side of the hump to its outbound track these cars carry chemicals bound for
Virginia lumber on the way to michigan sugar for a cookie factory in st. Louis
and they all have to wait their turn in line at the double hump everything that
moves through America loose through these yards exactly a lot of times you
can tell how the economy is running out here just by what's coming into the yard
itself all across the country people and free
have to share the same tracks seeing these mile long slow moving freight
trains heading out of Chicago to the long-distance rail network i can
understand why passenger travel suffers 2010 the federal government pledged
$MONEY billion dollars towards a potential solution the construction of
new and upgraded tracks for speedier passenger rail system but that's only
fifteen percent of the plans 53 billion dollar price tag even if all that funding comes through
most long-distance travelers will probably still choose a different way to
get from here to there one that's newer and much faster 17 this is the scene at houston's george
bush intercontinental airport air travel more than any other mode of modern
transportation has bridged our continent and sped up our lives and every year
more and more of us are taking to the skies this is flight data for the 50,000
planes i will carry almost 2 million passengers today it shows how r airways connect every
corner of the country from sleepy rural area strips to major hubs like chicago's
o'hare international airport where on this day a plane is taking off or
landing every 34 seconds that's nearly a million flights each year the fast system has created a completely
new way of life people flowing through these airports are just occasional
passengers there are new breed of road warrior who often fly thousands of miles
every week one of those very frequent flyers is international insurance
salesman deanery i'm doing final no I.

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Never checked bags morning how are you thank you a typical trip in miami tampa tampa
Houston Houston vegas vegas to houston houston the Dallas of dallas to tokyo
tokyo to hong kong macau as possible account shanghai shanghai at tokyo tokyo
to LA to dallas dallas the Tampa that was 11 days Dean spend a lot of time in the air so
we can maintain face-to-face contact with his clients around the world what are some of the inside secrets of
the trade that people like you know that other people don't oh gosh I mean there's so many of them
it's on every subject you know how you pack is a key one you know how you go
through the security line it's all about logistics for the most part all the
tricks and what do you do when something goes wrong you want to you anticipate it
started to snow i've looked at weather.Com or whatever so you start
making backup reservations sometimes I'll have two or three reservations at a
time have to be offensive vs defensive that's the secret of a real Road Warrior it's not just road warriors like Dean
zigzagging through our skies air travel is so common today that our Airways are
filled with all kinds of travelers some of them more unusual than others here are three regular passenger flights
one passenger on each flight is traveling in cargo brought aboard in a
special box called an air trade baggage compartments of commercial airlines are
the most common way to ship dead bodies long distances everyday 50 are shipped
from one state alone florida it's a retirement Mecca but when
those golden years come to an end many deceased retirees are flown home for
burial these passengers on the other hand are very much alive but they're
under armed guard and they wear handcuffs as well as seatbelts they're traveling courtesy of the
Justice Department which runs its own airline flying prisoners too distant
court hearings or Penitentiary's and reporting some illegal aliens out of the
country with so many people flying for one reason or another our skies are the
busiest in the world but they weren't always so crowded i'm heading to mcdonald past Montana to
visit a relic of our earliest days of flight transportation wise this place is
definitely off the grid not fun feel like I'm standing on top of
the world pretty much are we on top continental divide the call montana big
sky country and it does look pretty empty up here but this 90-foot tower
holds a clue to how we learn to navigate are crowded skies microorganism with the
Montana Department of Transportation aeronautics division so I wouldn't be
things that basically do the give you a visual reference when you're flying at
night so these literally are kind of like lighthouses in the sky yes the story of this air beacon dates
back to the birth of commercial air travel in the nineteen-twenties aviation
companies were eager to fly cross-country but they had no way to
navigate the night portion of the 30 hour trip so they invented one paying farmers to
light bonfires in their fields creating a path of flames to guide pilots through
the night soon replaced the bonfires with a
network of 1500 gasps beacons coming in nicely 25 me way Ben by the 1960s modern radar was replacing
the gas beacons except in Montana where the peaks of the Rockies block radar
signals leaving pilots to rely on the old beacons so they wouldn't crash into
the mountains to this day my continues to tend the beacons and make sure
they're in good working order the heck of a client it's a long one isn't so this is what
the pilots actually see this lamp is focused in the middle of this 24 inch
mirror and as it's turning around you get sharp flashes you're you're
approaching the beacon when you see the beacon it looks like it's flashing
that's because it's turning around you only get them for a second even though every other state has long
since abandoned the beacons we still live with their legacy many of the first
radar towers were built along this network of gas beacons which means that
if you take a commercial flight today and fly along one of the early skyways
your path will look like a zigzag that traces the lines that sprang up from
bonfire to bonfire and then become a beacon from bonfire to beacon to radar
we've made progress but as our skies got busier we needed a
way to handle the traffic enter the federal aviation
administration faa which maintains our complex flight management system today here's how it works each airport control tower guides each
plane to take off then a regional control center keeps tabs on it until it
reaches 10,000 feet where the flight enters one of the 21 enroute centers
across the country and watching over the entire system are the people in this
state-of-the-art bunker in Northern Virginia people like flight manager
Debra Griffith air traffic control system commands and places of minutes ya feel like a minute movie wargames or
something now what are all those lights up on that
screen those are flights those would be active lights in the system right now
how many planes we look at during the peak portion of the day were five to six
thousand flights active it's Tuesday afternoon just an ordinary day for
Deborah was sort of a traffic cop of the skies morning everybody this is the perfect
with you for the 1215 planning telecon we're going to start with New York
having the gusty winds morning York morning thank you we are on a 33 love
every two hours Deborah Leeds what could be the biggest
conference call in the world thousands of passengers lives are on the line
about west to Southern California track on you consider any more information
right now just don't get it with the rbr the world feeling this every major
airline airport shipping company the Secret Service NASA and the military
listening for updates to the national flight plan to terminal history of our
ceilings in this ok that will conclude this cell phone
will be back with you at fourteen fifteen command centers out thank you as
soon as she hangs up Deborah begins juggling this networks limited air space
to keep traffic flowing down San Francisco Board can actually put
ceilings in there for hours this morning alright she reroutes planes around san
francisco's fog and ground others so they won't get caught in a bottleneck
caused by strong winds over New York right now going down to the next four
hours see how their rules so it's kinda like a butterfly effect
where you have a destruction in one place in it ripples all the way across
country it does have a ripple effect it does
because New York is slow down its gonna historically slow down the other markets
around it because those those airplanes go in and out of New York and go to Fort
Worth and to houston and remember sentence kogda Cleveland all these
flights depend on Deborah's ability to manage America's airspace she's good at it and the system works
well most of the time but the problem with this system is that it's based on
radar aging technology that requires air traffic controllers to leave large
safety margins between each plane which means fewer planes can take to the sky
with our Airways nearing maximum capacity the FAA needs a game changer if the air becomes a montana recall
Aviation's past you can get a taste of our future by heading to an even more
isolated part of the country this is rush are in Juneau Alaska only ten
percent of this state is accessible by Road show up here every day commuting
depends on pilots like Sam right wow this totally beats my own computer welcome to my office it may be beautiful but over the past 20
years one-third of all commuter plane crashes
in the United States happened in Alaska and sand flies these treacherous skies
everyday and what exactly is your job my job is to pick people and great male UPS
FedEx from juno which is the Jetport to all the smaller communities around
Southeast Alaska what are some of the more common and uncommon things that you
transported well very very very very pregnant women taking the hospital for
delivery i'm taking a **** you off because everyone that's a serious thing
to me knock on wood I've made it every time
wolves we carry pools and carry affairs carried a really ******-off Wolverine is
winter the Wolverine was going to finish soda or someplace to be bred and he
didn't know that so he was spot-on so you really are sort of like the
connective tissue that allows these outlying communities to interact on a
daily basis with rest of the world that's true we look at ourselves more
like a little air road system how hard is it to fly around here is it is a
challenging well today's like a gorgeous day right
you can see 480 miles hundred miles after some days we can only see two
miles in Alaska as a montana rows of mountains block radar signals and the
snow and fog can quickly roll in from the ocean forcing pilots to fly blind
among the glaciers so pilots like Sam are using a new
satellite-based gps system which unlike radar can reach every corner of their
airspace so basically this shows you everything that's in your immediate
vicinity right absolutely if you make a turn toward something
higher than you that will turn red it will say hey this is red this is not
a good idea in Alaska the accident rate for planes that have been equipped with
GPS has dropped by almost fifty percent and this system that keeps Salmons
passengers safe is beginning to have a much wider impact gps is a backbone of a
new FAA plan called next-gen designed to completely overhaul air traffic control
air alaska was one of the first airlines to test this new technology their pilots
like Mike Adams welcome to one of the most advantageous features about the
next-gen program ability now to navigate or directly these blue symbols represent
ground-based navigation aids that prior times we would have been flying a zigzag
line between those as we go from station to station now with GPS navigation we
can fly directly from way . Away . As you see here and that allows us to
shorten our route distance create a more direct flight and that in turn freeze-up
air space for other craft occupy hence increasing capacity the estimated cost
for next-gen as high as much as a hundred and sixty billion dollars but it
will allow the FAA dy 1.3 Billion passengers a year by 2031 twice as many
as I can handle today so far I've been traveling mostly on
planes and trains all packed full of people the most Americans prefer their
personal space so getting from A to B. Usually means one thing cars that's definitely true in dallas
here like most of the country Americans take driving for granted return the key and go while driving feel
of like individual choice it's only possible because of our system of
highways which is one of the busiest and most sophisticated pieces of
infrastructure in the world and we have grown so dependent on the freedom and
mobility of the open road collectively driving three trillion miles every year
at today the health of our country depends on the health of our highways so specialists like traffic analyst Greg
Jordan work behind the scenes to help improve the flow of traffic like that beauty interchanges oddly elegant know it's
kind of like some sort of geometric shapes an aerial perspective will give
you an insight that is sometimes very hard to get on the ground he's right from the sky I can see where cars are bottlenecking
and where they're moving along at a nice clip local transportation planners from
New York to California value Greg's expertise he provides data so they can see for
themselves where they need to invest in roads where they need to build new ones
or widen them or increase Highway Patrol and are you actually getting that data well it's it's mainly time-lapse
photography looking at the snapshots greg has taken over time which strikes
me is not just the roads themselves but the number of housing developments
hugging the highways this is a new development if this is in Louisville
it's right near the newly completed state highway 121 so these communities
are only possible because of that freeway the freeway is the lifeblood
people like to say if you build it they will come and into a degree that's true
of coming out with you build it that encourages people this is what more and more of our
country looks like today a tapestry of suburban neighborhoods woven together by
quiet streets and bordered by dizzy highways when the federal government
started building these interstate highways more than 50 years ago they
were intended to strengthen connections between far-flung cities but they ended
up totally reshaping local communities this is what the sleepy town of
arlington texas look like in 1950 and this is what happens when interstate 30
connected to nearby dallas and fort work highway stretching north from Dallas
Lord people out to the cheap land and open space of Arlington and other
suburbs like this one colleague and these suburbs gave birth to a whole
new meaning of life this is a suburban dream the cul-de-sac
big houses surrounded by green logs on a street with no through traffic but
living here comes at a cost to understand that cost we used GPS to
track the cars of everyone living on this tiny cul-de-sac for a week each color represents one of the five
families that pink car is phil thompson heading to work their Savior ue driving
her son's to school her husband Kip in the red car is on his way to the airport
for a business trip our car culture is so common now that we
forget how different it is from the rhythms of urban american life just a
half-century ago modern suburbs promote a landscape where most things are
accessible only by car so the suburban residents spend much of their time
behind the wheel they drive to get coffee thank you to do
their banking buy groceries in fact the dr fifty percent more than their parents
did I probably put on maybe a hundred miles a day easily 25,000 30,000 miles a
year but basically the assumption is that if you're gonna live in this
neighborhood you have to have a car that's exactly
right the way they design colleyville and in our community is this it's off
the beaten path you have to drive 10 or 15 minutes before you get to a major
road and all this driving means our families walk a whole lot less walking
is definitely more recreational I walk the dogs in the neighborhood to the
mailbox and back now the other walking i do is going to be from parking garages
to appointments when I go to customer meetings between the rental car agency
and and the gates of the airport's most of us don't mind all this driving but
there's a problem as suburban life evolves and our daily destinations
change our road system can't adapt fast enough look at our five families they rarely
venture into the city of dallas all week our highways were designed to get people
from the suburbs two jobs and stores in the central business districts but
nowadays most people live work and shop in the suburbs and the smaller secondary
roads are jammed on top of that since we built our highway system the population
has doubled and the number of cars on the road has more than tripled that
means more people stuck in traffic on roads that weren't designed to get them
where they want to go at the end of the week after collectively navigating over
600 miles of suburban thoroughfares our family's return to the cul-de-sac there
are the Johnsons last ones in yeah meanwhile few miles away road
construction crews are just beginning the workday the dallas-fort Worth area
planners are trying to reduce congestion by building the way out in the problem this place is home to more road
construction than anywhere else in the country but it won't be long before this
freeway attracts more people creating more traffic and driving demand for even
more roads it's kind of an infinite construction loop some places are taking a different
approach i'm heading to one of the nation's
fastest-growing cities and one of his most popular destinations Las Vegas each
year the city of 2 million has to move a rotating cast of 36 million visitors
through its streets today the national finals rodeo is
coming to town which means extra traffic pushing
already crowded streets to their limit instead of building new roads as they do
in dallas Nevada's transportation specialists are using technology to make
the most of the ones they have we're taking into a place that we call the
fishbowl jacobs know is one of Nevada's transportation experts wow this is impressive you know it
really looks like we got some real rocket science going on her and we
actually do it's a very complex system of hardware and software that we can
monitor everything that's going on in the major intersections in the major
traffic points in the las vegas valley and are these active 24 hours a day to
24-hour town gotta monitor traffic 24 hours a day for all this rocket science the most powerful tool is a device we
often take for granted the old reliable traffic light or doing something that
most other places in this country haven't tried that's adaptive traffic
signal control if we get a lot of traffic on one particular direction or
in one particular quarter we need to make changes on the fly so we can
distribute the traffic more efficiently that's really a big brother-type
approach hundreds of cameras feed real-time
traffic data to the fishbowl where staff can adjust 1250 traffic signals to keep
the roads moving so you're not adding capacity by building new roads you're just making the existing system
smarter that's correct we can get about twenty percent
additional capacity by implementing systems like this and for one
one-hundredth of the cost of a freeway or a roadway expansion and it's not only
cameras monitoring the action as a Saturday night rush art begins i'm
heading out to the field with one of Nevada's road managers chuckles island
to see how he solves problems on the frontline we do have some traffic backed
up over there tens of thousands of rodeo fans are on
their way to the stadium it to get all those cowboys and cowgirls to
the stadium Chuck needs to make sure that each one of the city's busy
intersections gets just the right amount of what she calls green time I am a
little concerned about Spencer why that's a pretty long line of traffic so we're gonna do about that and what
we're seeing is a lot of empty road way out here huh we're going to steal a little bring time try and get over here that's really
interesting way to think about it I I.

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Never thought of traffic that way but
you're actually thinking of green time as like a scarce resource a finite
resource and you're trying to allocate it in the most efficient way possible that's exactly what heaven what we need is at Paradise Chuck calls
a fishbowl to order up a new light pattern mount one paradise let's try and hold that one green as
long as we can get it i'll be downloading in just a second just no way
you can get everybody green it's not going to have so the best we can do is
if you do have to stop here i want to get you as many lights down the street
as I can before I have to stop you again light by light intersection by
intersection Chuck stays one step ahead of grid log and get everyone to the
rodeo ladies and gentlemen are ready around in
this area lights cowboy out what up a little with him come on the party's over and i'm leaving Las
Vegas and who do I see at the airport but that veteran road warrior deanery
you all doing here passing through what are you doing here I'm flying back home i'm going to use
that I got a flight in about half an hour higher good about Dean like most of
us depends on a transportation system
that's being pushed to its limits and those limits are put to the test every
day on the streets of my last stop Los Angeles when it comes to our
transportation triumphs and failures it's the ultimate example la has more
cars than any other county in America 12 million of them it's a vast fleet that can move us to
every corner of the county also 12 million reasons why you might not get
there in time unlike Las Vegas la doesn't have road
smart enough to move all this traffic and unlike Dallas there's no room here
to build new freeways it's one more system limited by plans
made in another era a hundred years ago most people in Los Angeles traveled by
streetcar and they had the largest urban rail network in the world then in the
nineteen forties the city abandoned streetcars and began an unprecedented
freeway building frenzy this set of aerial surveys shows how freeways were
designed to cut through neighborhoods that prompted activist to fight back and
block construction of new roads as a result la was left with the worst of
both worlds devastated neighborhoods and an incomplete freeway system this
original freeway plan promised an additional fifteen hundred miles of road
and here's what was actually built just 918 extra miles and the city has had to
deal with that shortfall every driver in la experiences 64 hours
of delays on average every year nearly three entire days spent stuck in traffic d miles per hour which is certain we're looking at down below as the i-5
freeway where their inching along it probably three miles per hour right
listen let me just take a break here I've got a report coming up from the
station but once again we want to tell you about that singular it up on the to
Commander Tucker street is a city's last radio traffic reporter who still pilots
a helicopter to hunt down bottlenecks and so far the east by 210 freeway was
backed up to the 118 you know I've been up here doing a traffic watch over Los
Angeles for 27 years have you seen a lot of changes in traffic of course the
traffic is worse a lot more volume rush hour starts earlier last longer it starts out at some of the freeways
coming in from the east at 5am Wow and it probably goes until about 8pm so
calling you at rush hour is sort of a misnomer more like rest day yeah even
the word Russian i think is appropriate for some reason here in Southern
California computers are really independent souls and they they really
like having that freedom but also I. Think that an automobile is kind of a
statement about them and who they are do they think they are you can find their
identity really what do you think's going to happen over time well I think the freeways will get so
slow where a lot of people just decide it's not worth the grief and the stress
so hopefully they will start a bracing mass transit a revival of its mass transit system
might be Elias best hope to keep the city moving so the city is now investing
in a dozen projects like this one you're looking at an old streetcar route
that was paved over years ago and now it's being reclaimed for a new light
rail line infrastructures cycle of life but these
projects are big and expensive and it's hard to imagine the people of Los
Angeles giving up their deep-rooted car culture la's and the tangle of roads and
freeways another system at the breaking point like many other transportation networks
there are plenty of ideas on how to fix this but the question is will we at
every stage of our history we have answered the challenge of how to connect
the country and move a nation today we're at another crossroads technology
offers new solutions but to improve our system will need to invest a lot of
money and change old habits this week as a nation will drive 60 billion miles traffic will make three million of us
late for work 22,000 free cars will pass through the double hump on the way to
every corner of the country so the only averaged 10 miles per hour deanery will earn another 5,000 frequent
flyer miles and you'll have a lot of company in the air one quarter of all
the flights in the world will take off or land in the United States and in the
process airlines will lose 45 thousand pieces of luggage the largest transportation network on
earth has its weak spots and it's definitely showing its age but we've
managed to keep it up and running and for the most part it still gets us where
we want to go as for me my journey across the country
is about to end right where it started i'm heading back to New York on the red
I'm just one more American on the move America revealed is made possible by the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by contributions to your PBS station
from viewers like you thank you.

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