Bogota, Colombia Adopts GUARDIAN Bus Plan

A reader sent us a link to a NEW YORK TIMES story about the South American City of Bogota, Colombia adopting a plan espoused by the GUARDIAN to establish a “bus rapid transit system” in Boise.

Despite the success in other cities and the simplicity of the idea–using buses on a grid route much like a subway system–Boise’s Team Dave continues to try to influence public opinion and spend taxpayer money to push for iron rails buried in the streets.

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  1. When team Dave can figure out how to pay for the BFT with drug cartel monies, we can all get on board. Until then, not so much!

  2. Cover Blown
    Jul 14, 2009, 9:11 am

    This article from Citiwire has some good points regarding light rail that pertain to Boise’s development patterns.

  3. I hear the Guardian is very popular in Bogota.

  4. Now if The Guardian would just tell Colombia how to get rid of the massive drug trafficking and battles.

  5. By the way, did you notice that the majority of people in that picture look really grumpy and ticked off. Maybe they don’t like the system as much as they should?

  6. The expressions that you see on their faces are normal for Bogota. In general the people are more reserved than in other parts of Colombia due to the cool climate (Bogota is at about 8500 feet) and large population (about 8 million).

    I would imagine that any photo of New Yorkers exiting a subway station would show similar expressions.

  7. Hmmm … glad I don’t live where that’s the common facial expression.

  8. Rod in SE Boise
    Jul 17, 2009, 12:03 am

    Any Colombian will tell you that the demand for drugs is created here in this country, so why don’t we Americans solve that problem so they can get their country back from the drug lords. Anyone in Peru or Bolivia will say the same thing, and they are correct.
    The Harrison Ford movie “Clear and Present Danger” has more truth than fiction in it regarding our inept bungling. The “War on Drugs” is a poorly conceived, poorly executed fiasco.

    EDITOR NOTE…and that is why they like the bus! 🙂

  9. Wow, I think they have running water and electricity in parts of Bogota.

    I don’t mind hearing about other parts of the world, but I ask that you not tell any Colombians about Boise or they’ll move here.

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