Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bogotá's Buses

For those unfamiliar with Bogotá's transit, here are a few photos of the traditional buses and the Transmilenio express buses. You decide which work and which don't.

The Transmilenio system was started a decade ago by Mayor Ricardo Peñalosa. Its buses have dedicated lanes and stations resembling train stations. The system has worked well and been copied by cities the world over. But Bogotá still suffers from thousands of old, inefficient and highly polluting buses - not to mention way too many cars.

Some of Bogotá's ancient buses. Will these damn things ever move? I can tell you from personal experience that these buses start and stop suddenly and unpredictably. And that many of them spout fumes.

And Transmilenio. The Transmilenio system is being expanded, which is a real trauma for the city. But when it's finally finished it'll be worth it.

This blog written by Mike Ceaser of Bogota Bike Tours

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