Humankind - Passengers

Passengers will explore the many challenges facing public transit as well as the consequences for climate change. We will hear from transit system officials, urban planning researchers, business advocates, environmental experts and others who discuss the effects of transit cutbacks in the recession and the future of federal funding (soon to be debated in Congress). Americans' shifting attitudes about the automobile will be considered.

Passengers features many American voices: motorists filling up at the pump near a freeway in California, commuters waiting on a light-rail platform in Charlotte, students in Chicago who use their hand-helds to monitor when the bus is coming, and an Arlington, Virginia commuter who took a city-sponsored "challenge" to find out if he could get around for a month without a car. A sound-rich, timely series.

Written and produced by DAVID FREUDBERG in association with WGBH/Boston

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