In my neighborhood, when the jack hammers and tractors get rolling at 2 a.m. you know they won’t stop until well after 5a.m. I try to ignore it, just bury my head under my pillow a little deeper, until I muffle all the sound. I’m not too light of a sleeper, but some nights these past two months, it got hard to sleep. Here’s why. And for that, I’m not trippin.
That is to say … I know that sound.
It’s not just an annoying 10 ton clatter that makes its way up and down Cuauhtémoc Ave. It’s more than that.
It’s the sound of progress. Road infrastructure, public transit, just .38 cents and you’re home.
It’s also the extension of the Metrobús in Mexico City.
You see, Colombia, along with Brazil were the forebearers to the style of bus service called BRT that Mexico has been recently using. It started out as a model of sustainable design, and now is a way of life that’s growing and costing lots of money. Colombia’s Transmilenio was the first BRT I ever rode on back in 2006, when I visited.