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  • [Chicago Slices raw: Joe Cummings On Skokie Public Transportation]

    [Chicago Slices raw: Joe Cummings On Skokie Public Transportation]

    SKOKIE 60076: JOE CUMMINGS examines Skokie transportation and rides CTA bus #97: Interviews with GLADYS GLAZER, MRS. JEAN BLITT, FRANK the bus driver, PAT HARRINGTON about her hair, and ANTHONY HARRIS, about his hat. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: William Armento]

    [The 90’s raw: William Armento]

    Raw tape for the award-winning series The 90’s. Videomaker Nancy Cain interviews William Armento, manager of structures for public transportation in Los Angeles, about the proposed Los Angeles subway system. He talks about the advantages of subway systems, and the difficulty of convincing some diehard car drivers to use public transportation. Despite this, Armento is still optimistic that everyone will make the switch if the public transportation is good enough. “I think the subway has a better expectation for survival in the future than the automobile.” He talks about the difficulties faced by public transit programs, as the Bush administration is threatening to cut all federal funding and force communities to fund construction themselves. Continue reading

  • Bus Riders Union

    Documentary about an activist group called the Bus Riders Union. Their focus is on improving the public transportation system in Los Angeles. The bus system there is in a sorry state. Busses are overcrowded. A rider will routinely see three busses pass her by, completely full, before being able to board. Handicapped riders find that the lift system on most busses is broken. Many riders need to take three or more busses to arrive at their destinations, and late night service on some routes is discontinued without any notice. On top of this, the MTA was planning a massive fare increase and focusing their energy on subways and trains that are costly and benefit mainly upper class white people. The B.R.U. views this struggle over Los Angeles busses as the new civil rights battle. The bus system is utilized almost exclusively by minorities and low income residents. Since the busses are so unreliable, workers are not able to predictably arrive on time and therefore have trouble holding jobs. This means that an already disadvantaged segment of the population is being further held back. Kikanza Ramsey, B.R.U. organizer, describes her organization as “an experiment to see if we can create a multi-racial, bi-lingual, gender-balanced mass movement of working class peopleĀ.” The tape follows the legal struggles of the group throughout the 90’s as they battle with the city and the MTA for service improvements. Continue reading

  • [Chicago Slices raw: What The El?]

    [Chicago Slices raw: What The El?]

    WHAT THE EL. 2 guessers and cutaways on the “El” and at N. Clybourn Station. Continue reading