The Guadalajara Macrobus is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The initiation of work on the system was announced by Jalisco Governor Emilio González Márquez on February 29, 2008. The system was launched on March 11, 2009 by the Governor and Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.
Guadalajara Macrobus Wikipedia
The initial line of the system runs 16 kilometers along Calzada Independencia and Gobernador Curiel with a total of 27 stations, including two terminals: Mirador and Fray Angelico. The line intersects the Guadalajara light rail system's Line 2 at San Juan de Dios station.
The actual stations in Line 1 are: (from North to South) Mirador, Huentitán, Zoológico, Independencia Norte, San Patricio, Igualdad, Monumental, Monte Olivette, Circunvalación, Ciencias de la Salud, Juan Álvarez, Alameda, San Juan de Dios, Bicentenario, La Paz, Niños Héroes, Agua Azul, Ciprés, Héroes de Nacozari, Lázaro Cárdenas, El Deán, Zona Industrial, López de Legazpi, Clemente Orozco, Artes Plasticas, Escultura and Fray Angélico,
Additional lines are currently being planned and are scheduled to open in 2010, soon after the opening of Line 1. These include:Line 2 will run along Avenida Ávila Camacho and Calzada Revolución from Doctor Ángel Leaño in Zapopan to the new central bus terminal in Tlaquepaque.
Line 3 will run along Calzada del Obrero and Calzada Jesús González Gallo from Juan Pablo and Periferico to Glorieta El Álamo in Tlaquepaque. This line will eventually be extended to the Guadalajara International Airport in Tlajomulco.
The Macrobus fleet consists of articulated Volvo buses, similar to those used by Mexico City's Metrobús BRT system. The initial segment of the first line operates with 41 such buses.
As of February 2008, there were 130 bus routes running along Calzada Independencia and Gobernador Curiel, serviced by more than 2,000 buses. The goal of the BRT is to replace all non-BRT buses along the route. Many routes will be eliminated altogether and others altered so as to cross the BRT route and serve as feeder buses.
It is expected that upon the initial route's launch, the BRT system will achieve a daily ridership of over 174,000 passengers.