Why are we referencing a blog from Baltimore? Because this post sheds valuable light on the claims Cap Metro keeps making on its Rapid Transit lines:
It isn't too often that mayors of North American cities travel to South America to admire urban planning models. There is one notable exception, and that is Curitiba, Brazil, where forty years ago a new vision for urban mobility was created, revamping the private bus chaos that dominates many South American big cities.
I like the Curitiba example especially, for it was invented by an architect who, once he was elected mayor, immediately began to think outside the box. He watched the clogged major arteries leading in and out of his rapidly growing mega city, the foul air and the many carless urban poor that couldn't get anywhere, and decided that something needed to be done that was fast, relatively cheap and system-wide.