This article describes efforts undertaken since the early 1990s to tackle worsening air pollution and traffic congestion in Quito, Ecuador. The focus is on public transport improvements and, specifically Quito's clean, highly-efficient system of trolley-buses operating on 11.2 km of exclusive right-of-way. The designated bus-way provides an express option for commuters, and many of the system's bus stations have added pre-boarding electronic ticket collection and automatic loading ramps that attach to the bus doorways, greatly reducing travel time. With relatively modest financial investment, and despite extreme economic hardship and political turmoil, Quito has created a world-class sustainable transport system that has reduced motor vehicle traffic and improved air quality.


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  • Accession Number: 00798815
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2000 12:00AM