Unfortunately, very little of that has happened. Rather than replacing the old buses, the city just slapped labels on them, declaring them 'transitional' Sitp buses, as tho those labels would have some magical transformational effect on the vehicles. And, years later, the perpetual 'transition' has no end in sight.
|A Sitp bus broke down on Calle 26 - |
apparently with a wheel or tire problen.
Neither do the 'transitional' Sitp drivers, who presumably work under new training and instructions, seem to behave better than did the pre-Sitp drivers.
Meanwhile, even with all of these failings, several of the companies operating the Sitp buses are close to bankruptcy.
But this incident I witnessed the other day on 26th St., across from the Central Cemetery and the Centro Memoria, has come to represent for me the Sitp's failings.
|But, lo and behold, another Sitp bus pulls up to take the stranded passengers.|
|Here we go!|
|And the new, 'good' bus takes off - with a blast of smoke.|
|Yet another of Bogotá's 'rolling chimneys.'|
|The Sitp 'transition' rolls ahead.|