Daniel Bongardt reviews Verkehrsgovernance in Megastädten – Die ÖPNV Reformen in Santiago de Chile und Bogotá (Transport Governance in Megacities – Public Transport Reforms in Santiago de Chile and Bogotá), which is a monograph of Carolin Höhnke‘s thesis.
Bongardt (2014) provides context to Höhnke’s work by outlining the role of Bus Rapid Transit in Latin American cities and the public transport reform required to achieve the initiation and implementation. Further, Bongardt explains that the intention of the author is to examine a successful and less successful transport reform, Transmilenio in Bogotá and Transantiago in Santiago de Chile respectively. He commends the book’s focus upon the “how” rather than the “what to” and praises the multi-level approach, which allows for
conclusions which go beyond relating the level of success to a particular leader. Whilst recognising the book as systematic, the key shortcoming that Bongardt identifies is the lack of comparative analysis and related to this the limited opportunity to generalise results. He speculates that contributory factors to this include that the research focuses on only two case studies and that these case studies are distinctly different.
Nonetheless he highlights that this book provides ‘a valuable contribution to the literature about Bus Rapid Transit systems in Latin America’ and is ‘a substantial source of information for background information on decision-making on local transport policy’.
This article was published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 36, Daniel Bongardt, Verkehrsgovernance in Megastädten – Die ÖPNV Reformen in Santiago de Chile und Bogotá (Transport Governance in Megacities – Public Transport Reforms in Santiago de Chile and Bogotá), C. Höhnke. Fritz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart (2012). €44.00 (Paperback), ISBN: 978-3-515-10251-3, p.161-2, Copyright Elsevier (2014).