Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver?

August 23, 2011

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One of the world’s best BRT systems is TransMilenio in Bogotá, the Colombian capital.

All this week, WBEZ is looking at Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor.

One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.

WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter Chip Mitchell gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.