Actions

Transport::Bogotá

::concepts

Bogot::colombia    Title::needed    Spanish::thumb    Which::bogota    Flagicon::record    First::citation

Transport

A biarticulated TransMilenio bus

Bogotá's growth has placed a strain on its roads and highways, but since 1998 significant efforts to upgrade the infrastructure have been undertaken. {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }}Private car ownership forms a major part of the congestion, in addition to taxis, buses and commercial vehicles. Buses remain the main means of mass transit. There are two bus systems: the traditional system and the TransMilenio.

Urban Bus from the integrated public transport system
Northern Highway at 100th Street

The traditional system runs a variety of bus types, operated by several companies on normal streets and avenues: Bus (large buses), Buseta (medium size buses) and Colectivo (vans or minivans). The bigger buses were divided into two categories: Ejecutivo, which was originally to be a deluxe service and was not to carry standing passengers, and corriente or normal service. Since May 2008, all buses run as corriente services. Bogotá is a hub for domestic and international bus routes. The Bogotá terminal serves routes to most cities and towns in Colombia<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and is the largest in the country. There is international service to Ecuador, Perú and Venezuela.

The TransMilenio 'rapid transit system' was created during Enrique Peñalosa's mayoral term,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and is a form of bus rapid transit that has been deployed as a measure to compensate for the lack of a subway or rail system. TransMilenio combines articulated buses that operate on dedicated bus roads (busways) and smaller buses (feeders) that operate in residential areas, bringing passengers to the main grid. TransMilenio's main routes are: Caracas Avenue, Northern Highway (Autopista Norte), 80th Street, Americas Avenue, Jiménez Avenue, and 30th Avenue (also referred to as Norte Quito Sur or N.Q.S. for short). Routes for Suba Avenue and Southern Highway (Autopista Sur), the southern leg of the 30th Avenue, were opened in April 2006. The third phase of the system will cover 7th Avenue, 10th Avenue, and 26th Street (or Avenida El Dorado). The system is planned to cover the entire city by 2030. Although the Transmilenio carries commuters to numerous corners of the city, it is more expensive than any public transport except taxis.

The off-peak fare is C$1600 during daylight and 1700 at night; a single ticket however allows unlimited transfers until the passenger leaves the system, and passengers can travel on feeder routes for free. Transmilenio does not yet cover some of the main routes, and buses are constantly overcrowded.

Ciclorruta near the Fucha River.

Despite the city's chronic congestion, many of the ideas enacted during the Peñalosa years are regarded worldwide to be cost-effective, efficient and unique solutions. In addition to TransMilenio, the Peñalosa administration and voter-approved referenda helped to establish travel restrictions on cars with certain license plate numbers during peak hours called Pico y placa; {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of Ciclovía on Sundays; a massive system ({{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} as of 2013) of bicycle paths and segregated lanes called ciclorrutas; and the removal of thousands of parking spots in an attempt to make roads more pedestrian-friendly and discourage car use. Ciclorrutas is one of the most extensive dedicated bike path networks of any city in the world, with a total extension of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}. It extends from the north of the city, 170th Street, to the south, 27th Street, and from Monserrate on the east to the Bogotá River on the west. The ciclorruta was started by the 1995–1998 Antanas Mockus administration with a few kilometers, and considerably extended during the administration of Mayor Peñalosa with the development of a Bicycle Master Plan and the addition of paths hundreds of kilometers in extent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Since the construction of the ciclorruta bicycle use in the city has increased, and a car free week was introduced in 2014.<ref name=greenblog>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Airports

Bogotá's principal airport is El Dorado International Airport, west of the city's downtown. Due to its central location in Colombia and in Latin America, it is a hub for Colombia's Flagship Carrier Avianca, Copa Airlines Colombia and LAN Colombia. It is also serviced by a number of international airlines including American, Delta, United, Jet Blue and Lufthansa. Currently the national airport has begun to take more responsibility due to the congestion at the international airport. In response to the high demand of approximately 27 Million passengers per year,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> a new airport, El Dorado II, is planned to be built by 2021, to help alleviate traffic at the main airport.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

A secondary airport, CATAM, serves as a base for Military and Police Aviation. This airport, which uses the runways of El Dorado will eventually move to Madrid, a nearby town in the region of Cundinamarca, leaving further space to expand El Dorado.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Guaymaral Airport is another small airport located in the northern boundaries of Bogota. It is used mainly for private aviation activities.

Urban and suburban railways

{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Expand section |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{#invoke:main|main}}

Bicycle infrastructure

{{#invoke:main|main}}

Bogotá is the Colombian city with the most extensive and comprehensive network of bike paths. Bogotá’s bike paths network or Ciclorutas de Bogotá in Spanish, designed and built during the administration of Mayors Antanas Mockus, Enrique Peñalosa and Samuel Moreno, is also one of the most extensive in the world.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

The network is integrated with the TransMilenio bus system which has bicycle parking facilities.


Bogotá sections
Intro  History  Geography  Demographics  Government  Economy  Media  Infrastructure  Transport  Colleges and universities  Culture  Sports  Symbols  International relations  See also  Notable people from Bogot\u00e1  References  External links  

Transport
PREVIOUS: InfrastructureNEXT: Colleges and universities
<<>>