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September 17, 2010

"Nowhere Fast!" (video review)

Traffic bottleneck, Weston, Massachusetts, ca. 1995.
©Alex MacLean, Landslides Aerial Photography

Image source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Nowhere Fast!
Discovery Communications Inc.

Nowhere Fast! examines traffic congestion across the U.S. and the problem solving solutions being proposed and implemented. The film presents various traffic dilemmas through coverage of different routes with commuters from California, Ohio, and Texas driving from rural areas to cities or from one suburb to another. Interviews with experts on traffic and road construction offer the differing opinions over what should be done from building more roads to completely halting the construction of new roads. Other solutions are covered including Boston's Big Dig, or the congestion pricing implemented in London in 2003, a toll to drive into the city which has decreased the amount of traffic. The film also examines TranStar in Houston, a traffic and emergency center that watches over major roads with cameras while employees make reports on any traffic backups or difficulties as they happen. An ongoing problem, Nowhere Fast! presents a look at the development and the potential of various tactics to manage traffic congestion.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at September 17, 2010 11:02 AM


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