Transportation

"Moving San Francisco" looks at transportation in the city past and present

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KQED will air a new documentary, "Moving San Francisco," on KQED (Channel 9) on Monday at 9 p.m. It looks at how the city has been a constant laboratory for how to move people through its difficult urban landscape and how innovations throughout its history are setting the stage for solving today’s pressing transit problems.

Among those interviewed is Therese McMillan, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Author/historian Gary Kamiya hosts the look at San Francisco’s transit past and future, connecting the lessons of history to the challenges every modern city faces today: issues of transit equity and climate impact, while the COVID-19 pandemic places the very future of public transit in question. 

The film includes rare archival footage and photos never before assembled to tell the story of how San Francisco’s early engineers conquered the city’s difficult topography. The film also looks at the ways that the region’s history of innovation in both the technological and social dimensions of transit may offer a roadmap for solving today’s challenges.