The art of transit


photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo, via Flickr creative commons

Interesting view of bus rapid transit in Pereira, Colombia — there are even turnstiles to get to the loading platform for the ‘Megabus.’ Here’s some more info about the project.

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6 replies

  1. In Singapore, you tap in when you board the bus and tap out when alighting. Fare is deducted upon tap out from the EZ Link card based on distance traveled. It’s much faster than turnstiles and cheaper than building platforms.

  2. I had a chance to ride Mexico City’s take on this form of median running turnstile entry bus transit on a recent visit, and I have to say – while it is an improvement speed-wise over curbside bus service, it paled overall in comparison to rail. In fact, I cannot remember a more uncomfortable, crowded bus ride anywhere. Imagine bus after bus stuffed to overcapacity, standing room only – like a subway – but with bumps and stops and sharp turns – like a bus.

    The line ran up and down Avenida Insurgentes and was extremely convenient, routing-wise. But actually riding it only made you wish that Slim Carlos would find it in his heart to have funded a subway in its place. I really felt for the people of Mexico City who had to ride such a thing every day.

  3. Colombia, not Columbia. I made use of those during a 2007 motorcycling trip. Triple-bendy buses are fun!

    Colombia is also where the “ciclovia” movement comes from, as every reporter believes they’ve independently discovered.

  4. The South American country is “Colombia,” while our nation’s capital is “Columbia.” 🙂