Developing Bus Rapid Transit
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Developing Bus Rapid Transit

The Value of BRT in Urban Spaces

Edited by Fiona Ferbrache

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a popular mode of sustainable public urban transit given dedicated focus in this timely collection. The effects of BRT are examined in-depth through a range of case studies from cities across six continents, including analysis of BRT planning, implementation, operation, performance and impacts. The contributions from academics and non-academic experts on BRT are framed more broadly within the concept of value and how urban transport investment has and can be valued by and for society.
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Chapter 13: Segregated lanes in a segregated society: a case study of Medell'n, Colombia

Santiago Mejía-Dugand, Carlos Cadena-Gaitán and Olof Hjelm


In this chapter we analyse the impact that transportation solutions have had on the image of the city of Medell'n, Colombia, both locally and internationally. A strong focus is put on how the city’s administrations have used transport as a means to exert control, enforce the law and extend behavioural codes throughout Medellinean society. In particular, we study Metroplús, the city’s bus rapid transit system. Despite not being the only vehicle of change, Metroplús has been an important contribution to influencing the discussions about the right to the city, changing the city’s spatial paradigm, shifting power balances in favour of mass transit and inspiring changes in other transportation systems.

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