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Here, There: Bus/Rail Transit in the Developing World

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Here, There: Bus/Rail Transit in the Developing World

Bogota’s TransMilenio features bus-only lanes.

Here in Chicago there seems to be unending turmoil about how to pay for mass transit. Last month, the CTA announced another round of fare hikes.

Chicago isn't the only city to grapple with funding shortfalls. Today, we'll look at how urban areas around the world tackle transit issues. It's part of a new occassional series called Here, There, in which we examine other countries' solutions to universal problems. 

We begin with a look at  the developing world, where urban populations are exploding. Many of these cities can't afford to build complicated underground rail systems. Instead, many have opted for buses.

Alasdair Cain is a senior research associate for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. He studies bus rapid transit. BRT typically features dedicated lanes and traffic signal prioritization and tries to replicate the experience of rail. It tends to be much, much cheaper than subway systems.

Cain has focused his research on Bogota, Columbia's BRT system called the TransMilenio.

Further Reading:
U.S. Federal Transit Administration's Report of the TransMilenio in Bogota, Columbia

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