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Cities Research Seminar Series: Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Implementation Challenges of Mass Transit Projects in Latin America

A seminar lead by Carlos Mojica on experiences of specific cases on Latin America in which Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects have faced unforeseen technical, financial, political or legal problems. BRT has proved a cost-effective and efficient solution to public transport reform in the region. However, implementation assumptions are not always met, leaving cities scrambling for new answers. Although in general the BRT private concession model is considered successful, in some cases the private operators have experienced serious financial problems, leading to a decline in the quality of service, or to bankruptcy. In other cases, the BRT has not been successful due to design flaws, lack of a trained management body, or political interference. This talk reflects on the specific projects, key challenges, and lessons learned for future implementation cases.

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Speaker: Carlos Mojica

Carlos Mojica works at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on preparation and implementation of transportation financing projects. In the past he has been Deputy Manager of Transmilenio S.A. and has worked with the World Bank and the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA). He co-leads the urban transport practice in the IDB's Transportation Division. He obtained his Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and completed two Masters in Transportation Science and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His main professional interest is the financing of public transport programs and mainstreaming new technologies for urban mobility.

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