Tuesdays at APA–DC — June 2011

BRT in Context: Colombia and New York

June 21, 2011

Rapidly urbanizing cities face new challenges regarding mobility. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a flexible and cost-effective way to alleviate transit demands.  Colombia has become the global leader with low-cost, high-efficiency BRT systems. This lecture will explore the physical aspects as well as innovative financing structure of BRT in Colombia and take a critical look at the recently implemented Select Bus Service in New York City.

About the Speakers

Thomas BassettThomas Bassett is a program associate in the American Planning Association's Washington, D.C., office, where he works on many projects including the Community Assistance Program and International Outreach. He is part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas team. He has participated in planning projects in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, South Africa, and the United States.  His published work appears in The South African Geographical Journal and URBAN, as well as a forthcoming article in Latin American Perspectives. He holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and an AB in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University.


Andrea Marpillero-ColominAndrea Marpillero-Colomina currently works as the historic preservation and urban planning media coordinator at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. She is also the Research Coordinator for the Latin Lab, at Columbia University. She has worked on planning projects in Argentina, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, and New York, focusing primarily on transit and community development issues. Her work has been published in Cities, Progressive Planning, and URBAN, and she has a forthcoming article in Latin American Perspectives. She holds a MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, where she was awarded a prize for her master's thesis: "Planning for Retail: The Role of New York City Department of City Planning in Four Inner-City Neighborhood (1992-2009)."