33: Curitiba BRT

For Sparking a Transportation Revolution in Cities around the World

Long overshadowed by nearby São Paulo, the sleepy town of Curitiba, Brazil got a wakeup call after its population tripled from 120,000 in 1960 to 361,000 in 1980. To grapple with surging transportation demands, city leaders could have taken a page from pretty much every urban development playbook at the time: widen the streets to allow for more cars and launch a lengthy, pricey endeavor to construct a subway system.
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