The development of public transports in Latin America has by far exceeded the efforts in most other parts of the world. When visiting Mexico last week at the Latin American Public Transport Congress, it became evident for me how much more has been achieved with far less resources.
Interestingly, resource efficiency, energy efficiency and maximised environmental impact actually coincide in the Latin American public transports. The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines, with high capacity transports to a minimum of environmental load is the Trachea and the Bronchi of the public transports (using the metaphor of the lungs as they do here in Latin America).
In addition to the BRT lines efficient feeder lines are used to move the travellers to the high capacity BRT lines. This is where the hybrid bus will provide the “missing link” in Latin America.
Volvo 7700 Hybrid Bus, arrived just in time to demonstrate the worlds most energy efficient public transport.
Volvo Bus Corporation, was a sponsor of the Latin American Public Transport Congress. And, I got to speak directly after Antanas Mockus, presently most known for being a president candidate in Colombia. Mr. Mockus, has historically been a big promoter of public transports, with emphasis on the green profile as facilitated by BRT systems.