With a daily ridership of about 2.2 million people, Bogota, Colombia’s bus rapid transit system is among the world’s best networks. TransMilenio was opened in December 2000 serving as a more efficient way of transportation to the capital of Colombia after it experienced a boom in it’s population and the old buses were being overcrowded. This urban innovation project was meant to meet “the need for public transport users in the Capital District . . . with standards of quality, efficiency and sustainability, through planning . . . and improving the quality of life of the inhabitants”
The role that this has on the city’s sustainable development goals is bringing a more innovative way of using public transportation for an affordable price, essentially increasing the efficiency and equality for Bogota. The system is beneficial in that it improves the quality of life and takes people’s time into consideration by minimizing travel time and getting people where they need to be faster. By providing more people with rides, this leads to less pollution, a decrease in the amount of vehicles on the road, and a lower accident rate. TransMilenio was a brilliant idea and Bogota is slowly making their way to becoming a more sustainable city.