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Introduction: Transport Tales: How Cities Work (01:26)


This brief overview of public transportation and road maintenance orients viewers with excerpts from the upcoming program.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Inspection (04:25)

Bridge maintenance engineers climb to the top of the bridge to inspect for rust. The team takes several safety precautions along the way.

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Repair (02:51)

Structural steel painters close down one lane of the bridge in order to safely paint over corroded areas. The team takes several safety precautions along the way.

San Francisco Earthquake Proof Bridge (03:39)

Architect Marwan Nader designed the seismic renovations to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. New features will allow the bridge to withstand an earthquake.

Automated Parking Garage (02:48)

Birmingham, England has a fully computerized robotic parking garage. Drivers drop their cars off in an elevator and the system moves the car to a storage space.

Urban Car Usage (02:28)

Experts in Berlin believe that if cars drive themselves, more people would use them like taxis and fewer cars would be on the roads. Safety drivers will test a driverless car on the Brandenburg Gate; Raul Rojas explains the car's components.

Driverless Car (02:43)

Safety drivers test the car on the Brandenburg Gate; a laser guidance system produces a 3D image of its surroundings. The risk level increases as the drivers move deeper into the city.

Driverless Car: Road Construction (02:45)

Safety drivers encounter a construction zone and take manual control of the car; they plan to create a dynamic map in response to possible road work. The team tests the car in open spaces at Tempelhof Airport.

High-Speed Rail (04:26)

A high-speed railway in Spain allows passengers to travel at record breaking speeds. Maintenance engineers inspect and repair the train systems.

Stockholm's Central Station (03:00)

Sweden's main railway station was built in 1871; its two lines serve 500 trains. The station is a bottleneck and engineers work to create extra train capacity by tunneling underneath the city. The explosive team prepares the emulsion and carefully sets the blasts.

Subterranean Station (03:44)

Building concrete walls to cover the rock face is one of the biggest challenges of the project. Escalators will connect the new commuter lines with the existing metro system. Workers from around the world push to meet the 2017 completion deadline.

London's Traffic Technology Systems (05:20)

London has around the clock staffing for their traffic control systems. New technology installed underground may help automate the traffic flow.

London's Bicycles For Hire (03:59)

London hopes to reduce car traffic by providing bicycles for rent around the city. Bicycle repair specialists inspect and repair rental bicycles.

London's Mass Transit (06:00)

Go behind the scenes of London's public bus transportation system to learn how complicated it is to manage the large system. Technology helps management smooth the process as much as possible.

Credits: Transport Tales: How Cities Work (00:32)

Credits: Transport Tales: How Cities Work

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People are the life-blood of cities. Its transport links are its veins and arteries. If they’re cut-off the city will die. Thousands of people work every day at making it possible for city dwellers to be where they need to be, when they need to be there. It’s an endless task demanding brain and brawn. Without the army of drivers, diggers, planners, thinkers, our great cities would come to a halt.

Length: 51 minutes

Item#: BVL109737

ISBN: 978-1-68272-360-9

Copyright date: ©2013

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