Improvised Transit...That Works

A look at Mexican "collectivos".
By Roger Valdez | Dec 07, 2017 |
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By Roger Valdez | Dec 07, 2017 |
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The last place you’d expect Market Urbanism would be in a small fishing village in Oaxaca, Mexico. But in the town of San Agustinillo, I found a great example: the pick-up trucks called "Collectivos" that efficiently and cheaply provide a form of mass transit between Mazunte, a slightly larger town to the north, and towns to the south like Zipolite. For less than a quarter one can hop aboard one of these trucks and quickly get to a neighboring town. There are also taxis that make similar trips, picking up people along the route until the car is full. These improvised solutions would be controversial here; unsafe, loosely organized and regulated vehicles driving on roads with no speed limits. Oh my! Drivers usually work a few other businesses too, like running a laundry or small grocery store called an aborrote. In Mexico people don’t have jobs; they work.

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