Bogota’s TransMilenio a global model for bus rapid transit

August 23, 2011

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The TransMilenio, Bogota's 11-year old BRT system, transports passengers in dedicated bus lanes, avoiding gridlock.

Bogota’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, the TransMilenio, began transporting people in 2000 under the oversight of former Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. Now recognized as the world’s standard in BRT, the bus system covers more than 84 kilometers of road and transports around one million people daily.

The BRT has had a significant impact on Bogota. It has sparked economic growth along the bus lines and influenced people to live in close proximity to bus stops. The dedicated bus lanes mean that the TransMilenio is a more timely option than driving through Bogota’s congested streets.

Alasdair Cain is with the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. He tells us why the TransMilenio, which is considered the world’s highest-capacity BRT system, is a model for the globe.