A deal on the table would shut down Tucson's race track at the end of the year, but only if they can keep their exclusive right to operate off-track betting parlors in Southern Arizona for another two years.
Bus rapid transit replicates light rail and underground subways at far less cost. That's why U.S. urban planners are studying BRT at a time of stressed public budgets. And the system that is often cited by mass transit advocates is the one in Bogotá, Colombia.
Right now, cities in the Southwest are pinning the future of mass transit on a system known as bus rapid transit or BRT. In Albuquerque, plans to create a new BRT along historic Route 66 are generating intense controversy.