Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mexico City Metrobús in pictures

I will have a full blog post about Mexico City's impressive Bus Rapid Transit system called Metrobús.

Until then, here is a load of pictures I took last week, from a car (I sadly did not have the opportunity to ride the system for myself).

The pictures are mostly from line 1, which I saw almost from end to end.

System Map:
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Where line 1 is in relation to the Metro system (line 2 and 3 are not shown by Google)
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Enjoy.

Exclusive lanes, cars kept out by barriers that still allow emergency vehicles access
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At a station
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MANY MORE PICS, CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE REST OF THE POST



Further out, station access is by bridge over the road. Downtown, pedestrians use standard crosswalks.
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The right of way is almost exclusively for use by the bus. Almost all left turns are prohibited, with the exception of the largest of avenues.

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Through the center of the city
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Metrobus mingles with traffic at this roundabout, but almost nowhere else.
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Near the north terminus, the BRT line parallels a metro line for a bit.

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Northern terminus, the BRT line loops over the tracks for the return trip. According to Wikipedia:
Metro Indios Verdes is the busiest station on the Mexico City metro, with 46.7 million passenger boardings in 2008.
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5 comments:

  1. Wow, that is impressive. Do you know how long an end-to-end trip is on the red Line 1?

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  2. Sorry, I dont. However, unlike regular traffic, speeds should remain the same throughout the day because the buses dont wait in traffic like the cars do.

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  3. Thanks James. No worries. Was just curious. Cheers!

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  4. According to an article I found from 2006:
    "Prior to Metrobus, the travel time along the route was roughly 1.5 hours at an average speed of 14 km/hour. Metrobus has increased the speed to 21 km/hour and reduced the travel time to 1 hour. "

    The pictures are interesting. They show the original station design, which as you can see from my pictures, has been drastically improved.

    http://www.gobrt.org/MexicoCityMetrobus.html

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  5. Wow, that is interesting. 1 hours seems very good (likewise 21km/hr average sounds great). Thanks for that information!

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