BRT in action. Naysayers who claim that building dedicated BRT lanes will only increase traffic without removing cars off the road need look no further than Bogotá, Colombia, to see the difference that cost-effective but well-planned transit investments can make. TransMilenio, Bogotá’s BRT system, on average moves over twice as fast as Muni and carries roughly double the passengers on any given day. Bogotá is not the Bay Area, and in terms of population and density, the comparison is not a direct one, but planners should carefully study both domestic and foreign examples to see what would and would not work here, while remaining steadfast that Bay Area BRT projects be built with key characteristics — dedicated lanes, signal priority, well-placed stops, and comfortable stations — that will allow for truly effective and unhindered transportation. They should visit places like Bogotá to maintain their own vision, but for those of us who are not lucky enough to visit Bogotá, Streetsblog has posted a substantial video clip that gives us a flavor of TransMilenio in action.