Bus Rapid Transit – and cycling

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Bogota (yes Columbia) has instituted a “bus rapid transit” (BRT) very successfully. The main routes use large express buses while the smaller feeder routes use smaller buses. They have instituted some very interesting means to provide reliable service and fast trips.

The system is relatively inexpensive (compared to infrastructure changes for subways and rail), moderately easy to institute and works well.

One of the main items of interest is that they have recognized the savings in overall cost if patrons skip the feeder buses and cycle to the main routes. They have effective bike shelters (coat check style) where people can leave their bikes in order to board the express buses. For every 20 cyclists, one less feeder bus is required, lowering the cost of the system.

See a short video at the following website, describing the system.

http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/01/28/streetfilm-brt-in-bogota/

John.

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