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NACTO’s best practices film series shows how America’s largest cities are creating innovative transit, bike, pedestrian, and public space projects to improve their mobility, safety, livability, and economic competitiveness. These films were produced in 2010 in partnership with Streetfilms.

Seattle’s Streetcar Network

Walk21, New York City

Metro Light Rail, Phoenix

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Ethan Melone, the rail transit manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation discusses the development and operation of Seattle’s streetcar network, including the new Southlake-Union Line opened in 2007. Walk 21 brings together transportation, planning, and design leaders from across the world to New York City to experience firsthand how the city has begun to rethink and re-imagine public space. Opened in December 2008, the 20-mile Metro Light Rail in Phoenix provides a state of the art public transportation line for the city’s fast growing downtown.

Transformation of Madison Square, New York City

Sands Street Bike Lane, New York City

McDonald’s Cycle Center, Millenium Park, Chicago

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The New York City Department of Transportation transforms a once harrowing pedestrian crossing and busy traffic artery into a valued public space through a groundbreaking reconfiguration of Madison Square. The Sands Street separated bikeway transforms a once inhospitable corridor and key access point for cyclists to the Manhattan Bridge. A state of the art bicycle parking and shower facility in Chicago’s Millennium Park, the McDonald’s Cycle Center makes commuting by bicycle year round a feasible and practical option for a greater number of Chicagoans.

Bike Rush Hour,
Portland, OR

Green Light for Midtown, New York City

The Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit, Los Angeles

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The Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon witnesses over 7,200 bicycle trips across it every day, making up 20 percent of the total trips on the bridge. The revolutionary remaking of Times Square and Herald Square in 2008-2009 set the stage for a sea change in the way that New Yorkers and Americans envision the potential of their streets. An exclusive busway consisting of 14 stations, the Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit in Los Angeles provides a fast and direct connection for Los Angeles residents along a 14-mile public transit priority corridor.

An Insider’s Look at Washington D.C.’s Transportation System

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Former Washington D.C. Commissioner (and current Chicago Transportation Commissioner) Gabe Klein and the District Department of Transportation are driven to make Washington D.C. a showcase to influence the Obama administration’s future transportation policy.