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Transit Reform in Tijuana

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One of the Sistema Integral de Transporte de Tijuana's (SITT's) feeder route buses. Image by Patrick Reilly. Mexico, 2017.
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A high-tech bus route was billed as the solution to a chaotic, disorganized transit system. Can...

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This minibus, probably a secondhand American school bus, is owned by transportation firm Calfia. Note that vehicles like these, regardless of owner, are locally known as "calafias." Image by Patrick Reilly. Mexico, 2017.
This minibus, probably a secondhand American school bus, is owned by transportation firm Calfia. Note that vehicles like these, regardless of owner, are locally known as 'calafias.' Image by Patrick Reilly. Mexico, 2017.

Tijuana's population has grown from about 150,000 in 1960 to almost 1.4 million in 2014. The city's public transportation system has struggled to keep pace with this rapid growth, with multiple transportation firms offering patchy service, often on secondhand American school buses. In this audio slideshow, Patrick Reilly takes a look at these buses and at the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system that's meant to offer a better commute.

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