Monday, June 2, 2008

Interview with Jaime Lerner

Jaime Lerner, for those that don't know, is the man who created BRT. As Mayor of Curitiba in the 1960s he introduced the system that we now call Bus Rapid Transit. Metropolis Mag has an excellent interview with him.
Next year marks the 35th anniversary of a simple but transformative idea in urban planning and transportation: Curitiba, Brazil launched a surface bus system that behaves like a subway. Better than, in some ways. Double-articulated vehicles carry large volumes of commuters, passengers prepay their fare in glazed boarding tubes, designated lanes keep traffic flowing smoothly, and one bus trails the next by one minutes’ distance. Curitiba’s transit system was established with little municipal investment and at a fraction of the cost of subterranean excavation, and today it carries some 2 million people per day.

For those who want to learn more here is a good 2004 report on BRT and Curitiba.

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