August 20, 2008

Cape Town Considers BRT

As the country prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, officials in Cape Town, South Africa, are considering plans for a citywide bus rapid transit system. BRT pioneer Enrique Penalosa was recently in town to stump for transit.

“Building more roads and widening existing ones will never solve Cape Town’s traffic crisis, a leading international expert advising the city on a bus rapid public transport plan, has warned.”

“Stronger political decisions will have to be taken to reduce the number of cars on the city’s roads, says former Bogota mayor, Enrique Penalosa.”

“‘There is no such thing as a natural level of car use. The number of cars used in the city is a political decision. Traffic problems don’t come from more cars, they come from more roads,’ he said.”

“On Wednesday, the city’s mayoral committee is expected to consider proposals for the implementation of the BRT system for three routes at a cost of R1,3-billion, to be completed by March 2010.”

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Cape Town Considers BRT


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