Happy New Year from the DUNER BLOG! Over the holidays, our staff was on assignment in Colombia. Sadly, we were unable to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos. Sigh. Afterward, daunted by the horrendous traffic, we chose to take the bus back from the Presidential Palace. See, Bogota has invested heavily in Bus Rapid Transit, which features dedicated lanes used only by buses. Separated from automobile traffic and congested intersections, they are essentially subways in disguise. This prompted us to conduct research into this new Public Transport phenomenon.
|The original system in Curitiba|
Twenty years later, Bogotans found themselves in a similar situation. Unable to fund the subway system the 8,000,000 residents demanded, the mayor instead turned to the Curitiba Model. After years of skepticism, in the year 2000, the (aptly named) Trans-Mileneo opened. Since then, it has mushroomed into the largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system in the world, carrying over two million people every day. Having proven that the system can work in a major metropolis, cities worldwide have begun investing heavily in buses and not subways.
|Los Angeles has one too!|
|Jakarta has the largest RTB|