This almost sounds dumb, but really the best way to get the people to take public transit is to make the experience more pleasant.In short, the new system had to be "sexy". So they chose the name TransMilenio, with no mention of "bus". They didn't scrimp on the basic necessities; stations are spacious, covered, and modern. Much of the lines are grade-separated in the middles of major highways to ensure speed and efficiency.
And that's the problem right there. I like how Bogota's major practically risked his political career to better serve the people. No one is going to willingly give up their cars, unless gas prices increase another $5 dollars within the next year.For $0 additional dollars, they could make them into permanent bus lanes, but apparently that's too much of a hardship for motorists....
^ Ask, and ye shall receive:I do think there could be a serious pro-pedestrian movement (lump bikers into that) in Chicago. This city does cater to the car and it has become more dangerous to cross a street or ride a bike. Areas like North and Clybourn are down right anti-pedestrian. Sidewalks are barely wide enough for two people to pass by, there are no crosswalks between Sheffield and Clybourn on North (how many times do you see pedestrians in the center turn lane waiting to cross?), bike lanes are non-existent, traffic barrels through there as if it were a freeway and there is only one CTA line that stops there even though two others pass through. You could almost get wacked in the head by the rear view mirror of a bus while walking down the sidewalk because the pedestrians are force to walk so close to traffic.