Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Chaos of Carrera Decima

Traffic chaos on Carrera Decima.
Carrera Decima, one of the main arteries in central Bogotá, is a model for how an urban avenue shouldn't function.

But, with the completion late last year of a TransMilenio line on La Decima - years behind schedule - things were supposed to improve.

It hasn't worked out that way.

The chaos continues. The TransMilenio line has few buses. But perhaps that's because the city hasn't bothered to retire the polluting, decades-old buses which compete with the new TransMilenio line. Perhaps as a result, cars, motorcycles and aged, traditional buses invade the supposedly exclusive TransMilenio lanes.

And this problem isn't just about Carrera Decima. If lack of respect for TransMilenio's lanes spreads from here, it'll mean chaos and accidents throughout the city.
Cars and other vehicles invade the 'exclusive' TransMilenio lane. This cop doesn't care.

Futile task: A TransMilenio employee tries to direct traffic.
Buses which reached retirement age years ago belch out pollution. 
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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