One of the benefits the implementation of the BRT system in Bogotá was supposed to offer – according to those who promoted it – was that ticket prices would be pushed down as the system became widely available. Today, the fare charged by TransMilenio is three times higher than that of the traditional system still in operation. This is also the case with workers’ rights and conditions: at first there was a relative improvement, but nowadays they have deteriorated to such an extent that drivers are leaving in droves for other forms of transport that offer greater benefits. The city authorities are desperately looking for new funding mechanisms, such as using money from parking fees and traffic fines to cover the deficit. However, the deficit grows exponentially every day, and no measure appears to adequately address it.
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