This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Nice piece in the NYT on BRT in Bogota and the opportunity BRT presents for the developing world. A cautionary note to BRT proponents here in the US: doing it right requires a staggering amount of right-of-way:

But with its wide streets, dense population and a tradition of bus travel, Bogotá had the ingredients for success. To create TransMilenio, the city commandeered two to four traffic lanes in the middle of major boulevards, isolating them with low walls to create the system’s so-called tracks. On the center islands that divide many of Bogotá’s two-way streets, the city built dozens of distinctive metal-and-glass stations.

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