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Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid TransitAn international and interdisciplinary perspective$
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Juan Carlos Munoz and Laurel Paget-Seekins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326168

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326168.001.0001

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Strategic participation for change

Strategic participation for change

(p.101) Six Strategic participation for change
Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit

Lake Sagaris

Policy Press

The importance of citizen participation has long been recognized as an essential component of development. How participation should be organized and who should lead is hotly debated. Researchers and transport agencies in North America and Europe are showing a growing commitment to different strategies and degrees of participation. Anti-highway and pro-cycling movements, meanwhile, have progressed in implementing an impressive agenda. Bus systems in general, but particularly Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), remain orphans, embraced by some governments but rejected by diverse citizen movements, for lack of understanding, knowledge or interest. This rejection reflects the gap between the sad reality and the sweeping promises of BRT, in terms of facilitating access to the city’s benefits and improving public spaces, of importance to all, but particularly the poor. Based on experiences in Santiago, Chile and field observation in cities around the world, this chapter explores the theory and practice behind participatory methods, highlighting ways in which more strategic participation in BRT could build more widespread support for innovation and priority on today’s congested streets. Participation should be linked to a deeper understanding of BRT, as the articulator of an essentially intermodal transport system.

Keywords:   citizen participation, cycling, anti highway

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