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Guatemala's buses and trains

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I went to Guatemala for the first time in 15 years over the summer of 2015. I had a chance to check out the transportation, and surprise surprise, it's downright terrible. Say what you want about the quality of today's buses, but they pale in comparison to the equipment run in Guatemala.

 

Violence is pretty high, and buses are very big targets for gangs and extortion schemes. One weeks in and 3 bus drivers had been killed.

 

But the bus systems been improving slightly over the last couple of years with two comprehensive systems called TransUrbano and TransMetro, which is an actual BRT, not some pussy SBS, and which has military and police staff at each stop and bus.

 

The red buses are the most common but the most dangerous, so if you ever decide to visit Guatemala, don't go near them. They are comprised of former Bluebird school buses, Guatemala's own Rosmo, the Mexican Masa and Brazil's Caio. They're pretty chaotic as well. Rollsigns don't exist on them, destinations and routes are just painted on the windshield.

 

Former Greyhound buses are still alive and kicking.

 

The train system has been dead for 8 years, but there's a pretty kick-ass museum in Plaza Barrios. The government has been talking lately about starting the system up again for 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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Guatemala is a beautiful country with very gorgeous girls and the many of Thomas and bluebird ex school buses (very commonin central America) bein . The. Main. Chassis. Prototype for its city buses in Ciudad de Guatemalaa and its ffamous Zonas

 

One thing i. Adoree . Are the famou . Caio Vitorias old school livery and the new 21 century. Brazilian. Volkswagen. Mercedes and Volvo scania

 

Is ashame . That our countries. Don't acquire north America . Buses. All. Because they are more expensivee and aautomatic

 

Puerto Rico is the ONLY Spanish speakin . Country that uses north American buses and that also has a transit agency of its own. ..the AMA (bus authority fully parody to the powerhouse MTA of New York not to confuses to the MTA of Maryland. Or Los Angele)

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Yeah like the Transmilenio of Bogota. ..Trans Santiago ...the many of the BRT of big Brazilian cities and my forepower Metrovia of Guayaquil

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Guatemala is a beautiful country with very gorgeous girls and the many of Thomas and bluebird ex school buses (very commonin central America) bein . The. Main. Chassis. Prototype for its city buses in Ciudad de Guatemalaa and its ffamous Zonas

 

One thing i. Adoree . Are the famou . Caio Vitorias old school livery and the new 21 century. Brazilian. Volkswagen. Mercedes and Volvo scania

 

Is ashame . That our countries. Don't acquire north America . Buses. All. Because they are more expensivee and aautomatic

 

Puerto Rico is the ONLY Spanish speakin . Country that uses north American buses and that also has a transit agency of its own. ..the AMA (bus authority fully parody to the powerhouse MTA of New York not to confuses to the MTA of Maryland. Or Los Angele)

 

Puerto Rico is a US Territory not its own Country 

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