Video of the Month: Challenger (1980)

Challenger: An industrial romance by Canada's National Film Board tells the stoy of the Challenger private jet initially developped by Bill Lear.  The Challenger jet was then developped into the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) the world's best-selling regional jet. The challenger would become Bombardier Aviation's main jet airplane until the arrival of the C Series …

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Video of the Month: Going to Town (1985)

The Skytrain is Vancouver's automated mid-capacity transit system. It now consists of 53 stations along 80 km of lines. This documentary is on the first line built for Expo86. Going to Town is a 30 minute 1985 documentary by JEM Productions for B.C. Transit, capturing the genesis of the SkyTrain project and its construction. Featuring …

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Book of the Month: Atlantic Automobilism

Atlantic Automobilism: Emergence and Persistence of the Car 1895-1940 By Gijs Mom Berghahn Books (2015)   This monumental book recaps the first decades of the personal car. It presents the evolution from its beginning as a toy for the rich and adventurous towards a generalized means of transportation accessible to the masses. It combines various …

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Video of the Month: Lewis Mumford on the City (1963)

"This short documentary is part of a series hosted by American historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and literary critic Lewis Mumford, who was particularly noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. This episode presents a study of an old but still-growing problem: how to ensure the city is accessible to all without allowing …

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Los Angeles Subway is 25 years old today

Today, Los Angeles is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of its subway. http://www.metro-magazine.com/rail/news/728280/l-a-metro-red-line-subway-celebrates-25-years-of-service?utm_source=email&utm_medium=enewsletter&utm_campaign=20180130-NL-MET-Express-BOBCD180124004&omdt=NL-MET-Express&omid=1004686630 Thanks to Pierre Barrieau for this post.

Book (thesis) of the Month: The development and implementation of the Access Link Program at New Jersey Transit by Brian N. Tobin

In 1992, New Jersey Transit began providing complementary paratransit service in response to a mandate within the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Access Link serves as an example of a deliberate, comprehensive, locally-minded response to a national civil rights challenge. Through document evaluation and oral interviews, this paper analyzes the requirements, stories, and …

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Video of the Month: Max Ward (1989)

Wardair was Canada's third largest airline when it was absorbed by Canadian Airlines (1989). "This documentary tells the story of Max Ward, a former bush pilot whose company grew to become one of the major airlines in Canada. A study of entrepreneurship, the film focuses on Ward himself, depicting his distinctive style of hands-on management. …

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