Bogota, Colombia, under the stewardship of New Urbanist Mayor Enrique Pena, implemented some of the most progressive transportation changes in recent history, with much of the reason due to its high number of low income households who simply could not afford a car. The video above shows how the city quickly embraced multi-modalism and how it positively affected everything from quality of life to local business.
Car Free in Big D recently noted how the poorest citizens in Dallas are having 40-45% of their income spent merely on maintaining auto ownership. In January, the APTA also released a report noting the average savings by city for those who choose to move to public transportation, with Dallas commuters pocketing an additional $733 a month. That’s money that could all be filtered back into the local economy.