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Something neat: e2 Transport documentary series

If you’re interested in how other cities handle their transport issues, you might want to check out “London: The Price of Traffic,” a new e2 documentary streaming online. (Go to Webcasts and then scroll down the list on the left to select the video.)

e2 is a critically acclaimed PBS documentary series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth. The series has already done two seasons on design, urban planning, and energy challenges around the world, and this season, they’re taking a look at transportation.

The London documentary is really well made, and under all its ominous music, there’s a great exploration of the city’s transportation challenges, the controversial congestion charge, plus public space development and Olympic goals. (I didn’t know that the city had consciously pushed Trafalgar Square into being a more accessible public space!)

Anyway, I thought it was pretty fascinating just to see how another city deals with its transportation issues, and I just wanted to share in case you were interested. e2 has four more transport documentaries in the series which I know I’ll take a look at: subjects include Paris’ public bicycle program, Seoul’s restoration of a stream in its downtown core, Portland’s transit oriented developments, and aviation.

And again, this isn’t a TransLink endorsed video or anything, and we’re not affiliated with the developers or their creation—I just thought it was neat! Thanks to Stephen Rees for pointing out this series on his blog.


  • By David, November 27, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

    HI Jhenifer – thanks for the link to the London story. The rail infrastructure going in for the 2012 Olympic games is amazing. During the games a train will stop at Stratford every 15 seconds. This will be made up of:

    London Underground:
    Jubilee Line – every 90 seconds
    Central Line – every 2 minutes
    Docklands Light Railway (2 separate lines) – each every 6 minutes

    London Overground:
    North London Line – every 7/8 minutes

    National Rail
    Liverpool Street – Shenfield – every 15 minutes
    Stratford – Tottenam Hale and north – not sure of frequency, probably every 15 minutes

    High Speed 1
    Javelin Shuttle from St. Pancras and Ebbsfleet – every 5-8 minutes
    Eurostar – From Paris and Bruxelles – approx. every hour each
    Regional High Speed – fast trains from south of England

    The trains serving Stratford will handle over 240,000 people per hour – more than Skytrain handles in one day. The key is High Speed 1, a 300km/h deep tube tunnel running under London, providing quick access to central London, and Paris and Bruxelles.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, November 28, 2008 @ 9:03 am

    Incredible! Pats on the back to Lord Coe & the Olympic transport team.

  • By Gavin Boyd, December 8, 2009 @ 8:11 am

    The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is three-quarters through its work to improve the transport network for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. Surely when all the transport fazes are completed it will be much easier to get around London. Although they say everything is on track I still have seen plenty of transport tender opportunities on numerous websites. A spanner could still fall in the works but lets hope not.

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