Lessons from the spread of Bus Rapid Transit in Latin America
2013 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 50, 82-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Technological transitions and governance theories are employed for the analysis of the dissemination behavior of Bus Rapid Transit systems in Latin America. This process presents interesting characteristics and traits that seem to facilitate the overcoming of barriers and act as catalysts for the adoption of innovation. The present study uses a systems perspective to explore the dynamics of Bus Rapid Transit's adoption by different cities in the region and to follow its geographical dissemination, relying on historical data collected on numerous implemented projects.
The resulting analysis provides an insight on the determinants and key points for the concept's expansion, which may be useful for the study of the dissemination of environmental technologies in cities. Contextualized, solid demonstration projects and incremental innovations, it is here argued, facilitated the adoption of new ways and promoted the dissemination of this urban mobility solution within a homogenous group of cities. A description of the Bus Rapid Transit system's approach to barriers that are also found to hinder the dissemination of environmental technologies provides a learning basis for future dissemination strategies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 50, 82-90 p.
Transitions; Innovative urban solutions; Technology spreading; Urban transformation; BRT Systems
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85513DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.11.028ISI: 000320490600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85513DiVA: diva2:571119