Take the Subway…I mean Above Way

I love it when two existing ideas get combined to create a new one with advantages of both.  Here a bus line designed like a subway line with stations and turnstiles and multiple doors so you don’t have the painful waits as people board, yet don’t have the huge construction and maintenance costs of a subway.

Full article from the New York Times.

Cleaner Buses in Developing World May Be Key for Climate

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL

Published: July 9, 2009

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Like most thoroughfares in booming cities of the developing world, Bogotá’s Seventh Avenue resembles a noisy, exhaust-coated parking lot — a gluey tangle of cars and the rickety, smoke-puffing private minibuses that have long provided transportation for the masses.

But a few blocks away, sleek, red vehicles full of commuters speed down the four center lanes of Avenida de las Américas. The long, segmented, low-emission buses are part of a novel public transportation system called bus rapid transit, or B.R.T. It is more like an above-ground subway than a collection of bus routes, with seven intersecting lines, enclosed stations that are entered through turnstiles with the swipe of a farecard and coaches that feel like trams inside. Versions of these systems are now being planned or built in dozens of developing cities around the world — Mexico City, Cape Town, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Ahmedabad, India, to name a few — providing a public transportation network that improves traffic flow and reduces smog at a fraction of the cost of building a subway. (more)

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