Transportation in Bogota

Transmilenio and the bicycle ways, innovative solutions developed in Bogota, have served as a reference for over 50 cities world-wide. 

Currently, public transportation is utilized for 69% of all trips within Bogota, resulting from a concerted effort to consolidate a city-wide model that gives priority to pedestrians while remaining efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Close to 30% of the public budget will be dedicated, in the coming four years, to diversifying the city’s sustainable modes of transport, through the renewal and reorganization of bus routes and stops; the development of Transmilenio; the construction of new pathways for exclusive use by bicycles (Dedicated Bicycle Pathways, or "Ciclorutas"); and to implementing studies for the first line of the Metro. 

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Transmilenio - Bogota’s bus rapid transit system (BRT)   

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The main transport system in Bogota, it consists of flexible buses that drive on dedicated lanes, stopping only at specific and exclusive stations. It is one of the largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems in the world, and so far, its design has been replicated in 57 cities worldwide, including Capetown, Johannesburg, Jakarta, Santiago de Chile, Guangzhou, and Delhi. 

  • Over 1.8 million people use the Transmilenio every working day.
  • The system transports over 40 million passengers every month. 
  • The system's infrastructure is comprised by feeder bus routes, walkways, bridges, plazas and boulevards.
  • It now has 87 kilometers of trunk ways and 663 kilometers of feeder routes.
  • It has a fleet of 1,392 buses, operating across 155 stations. 

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Bicycles: Ciclovías and Ciclorutas (Transient and Dedicated Bicycle Pathways)

  • Ciclorrutas (Dedicated Bicycle Pathways):

Bogota has a network of 467 kilometers (243,5 miles) of mobility corridors for exclusive use by bicycles, which has triggered a reduction in pollutant gas emissions, as 450,000 people use them every day. The growing use of bicycles in the city has not only improved mobility but also had a positive impact on the reduction of pollution and improved people's savings.

  • The average bicycle rides takes 25 minutes.
  • The average speed of bicycle riders is 17 km/h, with an average journey length of 7 kilometers. 

Free public bicycles can be used in the pedestrian corridor on Seventh Avenue in the downtown area. By 2016, Bogota hopes to have six bicycle-corridors and a system for the rental of public bicycles, including with parking places and connecting stations to the Integrated Public Mass Transit System (SITP). 

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  • Ciclovía (Temporary Bicycle Ways)

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    Every Sunday and holidays throughout the year, 127 kilometers of the city's main streets and roads are closed to automotive traffic, dedicated to over one million users who take to the streets on their bicycles. This initiative, which also includes sports and recreational activities, has been replicated in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Portland, Mexico D.F., and Sao Paulo, among other cities. 


    • Integrated Public Transit System (SITP)

    The gradual implementation of the SITP began in September 2012, and will integrate buses with the Transmilenio system.

    • Buses in this system will only stop at exclusive stops.
    • The whole system will be available to users through one access card.
    • Its entry into operation will reduce gas emissions, give priority to pedestrians and bicyclists, and introduce the use of electrical vehicles. 


    Electric Taxicabs

    Starting in 2013, a pilot test will be implemented for the use of 50 electrical taxicabs imported by Mitsubishi and BYD Auto. These vehicles will reduce green-house gas emissions by 70–80%, and their maintenance will be 50% lower than that of the traditional combustion engine vehicles.

    Currently, 51,628 taxis drive around Bogota at very reasonable rates. 


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    Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá
    Secretary of Mobility  
    Integrated Mass Transit System (SITP) 


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    Updated: (mm/dd/aa) 12/06/2015