|Seventh Ave. today: chaotic, polluted and usually congested.|
Sadly, this important corridor of the city is often chaotic, congested, polluted and dangerous. For years, Bogotá governments have planned public transit systems for Seventh Ave. Should it be light rail? A subway? Or another Transmilenio line?
The previous city government had planned a full-blown Transmilenio line for Seventh, with a price tag of about $800 billion pesos. Mayor Samuel Moreno scaled the plans back to a 'Transmilenio light,' lacking overpasses and public space improvements along the avenue, at a cost of only about $80 billion pesos. The Moreno administration argued that a planned subway line running parallel to Seventh would carry much of the passenger load.
|No turning back? Seventh Ave.'s already half dug up.|
Let's hope that they finally get things right on Seventh Ave. But, above all, that they finally move ahead with work on this crucial Bogotá corridor.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours