|The entrance to the new Universidades TransMilenio station.|
|More than two years late, TM bus pulls |
into the new station.
|Buses have no way to get from one station to the other.|
|A line of buses waiting at Las Aguas. Why can't some go |
directly on to the Universidades station and up Calle 26.
|Multimodal transit. A horsecart waits near|
the new station.
|The city hasn't removed the old traditional |
buses from the road.
|One of the Museo Nacional station's futuristic entrances.|
|Belching its way up the Eje Ambiental|
(the Envionmental Axis)
"So, it's okay for them to poison us, but prohibited for us to photograph the pollution?"
She seemed to become sympathetic. "There are functionaries in the portales who pull buses out of circulation if they're harmful," she explained.
"So this isn't harming us," I asked her, showing the photo again.
She apologized that she was not authorized to remove buses from service for polluting. "You can help us a lot," she told me, "by showing your photo" to the functionaries in the portales.
But maybe not, since the bus's own pollution makes its plate number almost unreadable. It's also absurd to expect me to do this: Can't they see for themselves? But nobody wants to invest the money in maintenance to stop TM from sickening bogotanos.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours