Bus Rapid Transit: Is Transmilenio a Miracle Cure?

Successful mass transit solutions are rare in poor cities. When they appear they are lauded across the globe and too often copied uncritically. The latest exemplar of such best practice is the Transmilenio rapid bus system in Bogota. The article describes its main characteristics and applauds the improvements that it has already brought to urban transport in Bogota. Naturally, the system is not without its flaws and these need to be drawn to the attention of those who might copy the Bogota example. This is particularly important at the present time when the jewel of Bogota has come under surprisingly strong local criticism over its cost, its ownership structure, its decreasing effectiveness and, fundamentally, because it has failed to solve the transport chaos of Bogota. There is a real danger that Transmilenio will stagnate as its popularity declines and as demands for a metro increase. Given the strengths of the system that would be something of a disaster and, most certainly, not in the interests of the poor.


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  • Accession Number: 01108522
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 2008 9:20AM