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White House: Better safe than sorry on rail-transit

Or, once you’re sorry you better be safe. That is the line U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is taking after introducing Tuesday the Administration's plan to take over safety regulation of the nation's subway and light-rail systems. This follows, among other recent incidents, the June 22 Metro crash in Washington, D.C., that killed nine people and injured dozens more.

Dec 10th, 2009

The Next American System: [CREDITS] Beyond the Motor City

Dec 4th, 2009

The Next American System: [OVERVIEW] The Next American System

Through two documentary projects (BEYOND THE MOTOR CITY and ROAD TO THE FUTURE), Blueprint America interviews today's thinkers and tells the stories of everyday Americans as an older country looks for its next move. As simplistic an idea as it may seem, a new transportation system could be the answer.

Dec 4th, 2009

The Next American System: [VIDEO] The Streetblogger

Aaron Naparstek, Editor-in-Chief of the Online transportation news source Streetsblog, in an interview with Blueprint America about the way transportation is looked at in New York City and the rest of the country.

Nov 24th, 2009

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Investing in Disaster

By the time the Second Avenue subway line opens in New York City, it will already be at risk for flooding in a storm surge. Samuel I. Schwartz and Morgan Whitcomb explain.

Nov 12th, 2009

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Video: City Creek Center

Blueprint America -- with Religion & Ethics Newsweekly on PBS -- in a report on the rebuilding of Salt Lake City -- a private project changing the public landscape.

Nov 6th, 2009

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Public Works: Report: Blueprint Montana

If you gave up your car, you would probably hop on the bus, the subway, or even dust off the old bicycle. But, what if the end of the bus line was miles away, the nearest subway stop was five states over, and the two-wheeler had only one gear?

After all, there is a lot of ground to cover between New York City and Portland, Oregon.

MontanaPBS -- as a part of Blueprint America -- and the local Gallatin County Planning Board have begun a study to develop a non-motorized trail system throughout Gallatin County, Montana.

Oct 29th, 2009

Public Works: Video: Blueprint North Carolina

North Carolina is among the fastest growing states in America. UNC-TV -- as a part of Blueprint America -- looks at North Carolina's most pressing concerns around transportation infrastructure and creative solutions for the future.

Oct 29th, 2009

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Public Works: Video: Blueprint Pennsylvania

A dialogue is under way that could lead to a "Blueprint for Prosperity" for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WITF public television in Pennsylvania -- as a part of Blueprint America -- plays host to the first conversation on revitalizing the center region of the state.

Oct 29th, 2009

Video: Politics, Engineering Intersect Over Bay Bridge

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, political wrangling can often get in the way of critical infrastructure improvements Case in point: The rebuilding of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Originally aired: Sept. 29, 2009).

Oct 28th, 2009

Video: A tax on miles, not gas

In a report from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, some states are experimenting with controversial new taxes to pay for highway construction. Special correspondent Lee Hochberg reports from Oregon, where officials are looking into charging drivers a tax based on the number of miles they drive in lieu of a highly-debated gas tax.

Oct 16th, 2009
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