By Jason Leach
Published February 11, 2008
Here is a fabulous video highlighting Bogota's wonderfully integrated transit system:
In Hamilton we need to look at developing our A-Line (downtown to Upper James) in this manner with a possible future conversion to LRT. The B-Line (McMaster to Eastgate) should be built as an LRT immediately, as we've explained at length here at RTH.
An important point to note from Bogota is the integration of proper stations along the BRT line complete with sliding glass doors and large, modern glass structures capable of holding a large number of people.
It is also important to note the integration with cyclists. The bike parking rooms at BRT stations is an integral part of their transit system and as you'll see in the video, is actually a direct goal of the transit system to get more people on bikes.
There are many worthwhile videos on this website to check out. A couple of other suggestions would be:
1. A great piece about Portland, Oregon. Yes, it is possible to plan properly and change the status quo on this continent.
2. Also, Bogota's Ciclovia (weekly closure of Bogota's main streets for a carfree cycling / skating / walking event). You must see this film. It will stun people who live in Hamilton and know what a major battle it is simply to close a one-block stretch of King William Street once a year.
There's absolutely no reason why Hamilton can't immediately begin to plan and invest in these types of projects here in our city. If a mid-sized US city can do it, and an absolutely massive and congested city in a developing nation can do it, we have no excuse.
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