|Pedestrians walk past the vacant lanes awaiting TransMilenio buses.|
When then-Mayor Samuel Moreno started the TransMilenio work on Carrera 10 and Calle 26, the red buses were supposed to be rolling in 2010. Today, the 26th St. line is functioning partially, but Carrera 10 is still vacant, its TM lanes serving as broad bike lanes but little more. The stations are mostly finished, but probably suffering vandalism, as those on 26th did.
The trouble, say planners, is that the Museo Nacional transfer station is far from finished, leaving the TM buses with no way to turn around at the north end of their runs. But the station isn't expected to be finished until early next year - a long time to wait amidst the avenue's chaos, congestion and pollution.
It sure seems that there must be a way, even if it means renting a private parking lot, to allow the TM buses to turn around and get the Decima corridor working this year.
|A good, wide bike lane while waiting for TransMilenio.|
|Traffic chaos on Carrera 10 con Jimenez.|
|Going nowhere...very, very slowly.|
|On La Decima, a girl tries to sell something to trapped passengers.|
|Ave. 30. This is the way Decima is supposed to look.|
|Working on the Museo Nacional station, which will be underground.|
|Will the city phase out these belching buses?|
|The corner of Jimenez and Decima has turned into a canvas for muralists, and a stage for musicians.|
|This is a developer's vision for the corner...less chaotic, but less colorful.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours