10/24/2015 The San Diego Union-Tribune
TIJUANA — Given a choice, few passengers would willingly board Tijuana’s rag-tag fleet of multi-colored buses that crowd the city’s major thoroughfares. Riders complain they’re old, inefficient, slow, uncomfortable — and expensive. They say that service can be spotty, unsafe, and at rush hour overcrowded.
Now, after years of false starts, Tijuana is moving forward on a major overhaul of its public transportation system, often criticized as serving political interests rather than its 1 million daily users. Next fall, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is expected to start service to some 300,000 passengers a day, the first step in a plan that aims to modernize public transportation in the entire city.
Passengers will pay through Smart Cards, and for a single fare of about 14 pesos — less than a dollar — they’ll be able to transfer without extra charge. The service will be safer, cheaper, faster, and more comfortable, city officials say, with stations offering free internet service. The system will create new economic zones along the way, they hope, as people invest in shops, restaurants and other businesses.