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THE DIG
On the Grid

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr on how the economic crisis may affect New York City's transit system.

Dec 19th, 2008

THE DIG
Team of Rivals – Obama’s Republican Transportation Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama is set to announce Rep. Ray LaHood, Republican of Illinois, as his choice for transportation secretary. The moderate-Republican will be nominated to lead a department that will oversee much of the vast public works programs proposed by the President-elect intended to stimulate the economy.

Dec 19th, 2008

Building a Smarter Country

Leading transportation engineer and former New York traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz analyzes President-elect Obama's plans to boost spending on America's infrastructure.

Dec 19th, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] The Wrong Track

About one in every three users of mass transit in the United States and two-thirds of the nation's rail riders live in New York City and its suburbs. And the cost to maintain one of the world’s most extensive mass transit systems is expensive. Each new subway car, for example, costs $1.4 million. Replacing and maintaining tracks runs the state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) about $303 million a year.In order to pay for subway maintenance and projects over the years, the MTA has had to borrow a lot of money for funding. So much so that the MTA is now the fifth biggest debtor in the United States – after the state of California, the state of Massachusetts, New York State, and New York City.Blueprint America looks at the costs of maintaining New York City's transportation system and the difficulties involved when making improvements.

Dec 16th, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [TIMELINE] The Wrong Track: The Greatest Subway New York Never Built

Since the 1920s in New York City, the Second Avenue Subway line has been in the works. Follow the delays, cost overruns, political ineffectiveness, and several ground breakings over the years as the line has still yet to be completed.

Dec 15th, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] The Wrong Track: Building the Second Avenue Subway

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr speaks with Joe Trainer, Chief Engineer of MTA Capital Construction in New York City, about the day to day process of building the Second Avenue line from above ground in Manhattan.

Dec 15th, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] The Wrong Track: 14 Stories Underground

Blueprint America correspondent Rick Karr speaks with Edward Kennedy, Chief Tunnel Engineer of the East Side Access Tunnel in New York City, about the construction of the Long Island Railroad access tunnel that will run from Queens to Grand Central Station in Manhattan -- 140 feet underground.

Dec 15th, 2008

BLUEPRINT AMERICA
America in Gridlock: [VIDEO] The Wrong Track: The Saga of the 2nd Avenue Subway (1975)

This 51st State report, which originally aired in 1975 on Channel Thirteen in New York, looks at New York City's repeated attempts to complete a second subway line on the East Side of Manhattan. The project is still not finished after over a half-century of delays.

Dec 12th, 2008

THE DIG
Despite decreasing gas prices, Americans continue to turn to mass transit

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced people rode subways, buses and commuter railroads in record numbers in the third quarter of this year. At the same time, the plunge in oil prices may have created an opportunity for states and the federal government to readdress the gas tax to better fund infrastructure projects.

Dec 10th, 2008
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