WBEZ | Bogota http://www.wbez.org/tags/bogota Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lessons for Chicago from Colombian transit http://www.wbez.org/story/lessons-chicago-colombian-transit-92097 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-16/TransMilenio_Flickr_Gerard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office this spring he laid out ambitious plans to remake public transportation in the city, including <a href="../../episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926">the promise of gold standard bus rapid transit</a> (BRT) within 3 years.</p><p>The elements that make up true BRT guarantee shorter travel times when compared even to light rail: dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid fares, platform boarding, multiple entry and exit points on busses and limited stops. Although five U.S. cities have some form of BRT, no North American city meets the gold standard. Building gold standard BRT in Chicago would put the city on the global transit map, so to speak.</p><p>The city is exploring the feasibility of establishing a 21 mile corridor on either Ashland Avenue or Western Avenue running between 95th Street and Howard, but they’ll face obstacles wherever they decide to build. Although it’s much cheaper to build BRT than rail lines ($35 million per mile of light rail versus less than $15 million per mile of BRT, according to a study from the Metropolitan Planning Council) budget constraints are making any major public works project an even bigger challenge these days.&nbsp; Municipal governments also generally encounter resistance from motorists any time lanes of traffic are taken away from cars, and from business owners who fear they’ll lose business. And in Chicago, the parking meter privatization deal struck during the Daley years necessitates keeping level the number of available parking spaces – adding one for every one they take away. With 565 metered parking spaces along Western Avenue, that could be a tall order.</p><p>Only two cities in the world have gold standard BRT – Guangzhou, China and Bogota, Colombia. Bogota’s former mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, helped develop <a href="../../episode-segments/2011-08-23/bogota%E2%80%99s-transmilenio-global-model-bus-rapid-transit-90927">his city’s TransMilenio BRT system</a> and is a recognized public transit guru who now serves as the board president of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.&nbsp;</p><p>When he came to Chicago this summer, he offered the following advice to Mayor Emanuel: If you want BRT to succeed, you need more than fast busses. You need savvy marketing, private management and good public space. Peñalosa talks tactics in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Enrique Peñalosa spoke at an event presented by the <a href="http://www.metroplanning.org/index.html">Metropolitan Planning Council</a> in August. Click <a href="../../story/bus-rapid-transit-chicagos-new-route-opportunity-91762">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/lessons-chicago-colombian-transit-92097 Bogota’s TransMilenio a global model for bus rapid transit http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/bogota%E2%80%99s-transmilenio-global-model-bus-rapid-transit-90927 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/AP0610040248885.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p><a href="http://www.acad.usf.edu/News/Spotlights/alasdair-cain.htm" target="_blank">Alasdair Cain</a> 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.</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/bogota%E2%80%99s-transmilenio-global-model-bus-rapid-transit-90927 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>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.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926