A quick Google, and you might think it’s Vancouver’s 99 B-Line:
It depends, then, on what you consider “North America.” Technically, it includes all 23 independent states as far south as Colombia – which means, of course, that Mexico is part of North America.
In which case …
In July 2005, the Metrobus corridor (in Mexico City) began operation on Insurgentes Avenue. It was the first BRT corridor in the city, extending over 20 kilometers (12.4 miles), with central stations. The number of passengers has rapidly increased since then from 250,000 daily in 2005 to 270,000 in 2007, an annual increase of approximately 10%.
In 2008, the corridor was extended nine kilometers (about 5.5 miles) to the south, and by the end of the year, the Line 2 in the Eje 4 Sur began operating twenty kilometers (12.4 miles) from east to west.
In 2009 the demand of the system grew to 480,000 daily passengers. In 2011 with the construction of the Line 3 in the Eje 1 Poniente, Metrobus increased 17 kilometers (10.5 miles), consolidating 67 km (41.6 miles), and 710,000 trips per day.
Maybe Darren Davis of Auckland Transport (who alerted us to these facts) can tell us what the daily volume of the Insurgentes line by itself is today – but one thing for sure: if the B-Line is going to be the busiest bus route in North America, it will need a few hundred thousand more passengers per day. Even if it feels like it already has.
Mexico is North America by any accepted definition. Central America – most of which is in North America – starts at Guatemala – by any accepted definition. Mexico isn’t part of it.
There is a thing called NAFTA. That’s the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico is one of the signatories. Because it’s in North America.
The question is “what’s the busiest bus route in North America?” Can we agree that the 99 is a bus route? Can we agree that Broadway is not a bus route?
We can still say that the 99 is the busiest bus route in English-speaking North America. That’s going to have to be enough, because the facts evidently don’t support the broader claim. We can still build a Broadway subway, though.
PS “. . . comparing Mexico, or Bogota you don’t have to forget we have very different “comfort” standard.
“different “comfort” standard” Oh really Voony! I didn’t notice the two years I rode Broadway when I attended SCARP for two years.
In my experice the hard edged interior decor of the standard pesero is pretty much the same as Translink’s standard fare!
PSS Oh I’ll grant you this Voony. Comfort-wise the pesero runs chock-block full 24/7 whereas Translink’s run almost empty most of the day . . .
Mexico City’s rapid bus lines really compare more to a subway line than a bus line. They operate in dedicated lanes not shared with traffic. Boarding is done at special stations which are very subway line and require fare payment when you enter the station rather than when you enter the bus. And interestingly enough they have a higher cachet (and fare) than Mexico’s subway. This type of system would not be cheap to install but is very efficient and it must still be much cheaper to build than a rail system. A comparison would be interesting. Although as a solution for Broadway it seems unlikely as it requires taking two traffic lanes, something easiest done in cities with very wide streets.