Transmetro

Transmetro, Barranquilla: Address, Phone Number, Transmetro Reviews: 3.5/5

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3.5
42 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
13
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
3

Gungo22
San Juan, Puerto Rico372 contributions
Easy Access
Feb 2019 • Friends
It took me about a week to figure out the crazy street layout of Barranquilla - but once you do, this runs along Cra 46 and easily gets you from the Plaza Bolivar and center of the city out to any of the neighborhoods - or a connecting bus.
Written February 27, 2019
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Chip W
Barranquilla, Colombia40 contributions
Better than the private buses, but has problems
Jun 2018 • Solo
Two times in the past 2 weeks I have been left standing at a bus stop because the bus drivers blew past without stopping, and me waving my arms at him, and him looking right me! Also, they will pass a stop so they can pass another vehicle that might be a bit slower. The drivers don't care about stopping and picking up passengers. They just want to complete the route in the shortest amount of time possible.

The buses are in dire need of maintenance, all of them. The stations are not kept clean, the station gates don't work - not a single one in any of the stations. All the stations have 2 ticket offices, and two ends are supposed to be open, but only one end is open, only one office is open. The lines can be quite long waiting to recharge the card.

Sure, them TM system is more extensive than the private buses, but that's not saying much. Sure, the TM buses have A/C, but often that is not working properly or has water leaks inside the buses.

I've been here for 5 years now, and unfortunately, TM is often my only good choice. :(
Written July 2, 2018
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Wil
Carolina, Puerto Rico42 contributions
I had higher hopes for this transit system
Jul 2016 • Family
Although the transmetro beats out all of its competition it has fallen short of my expectation, only after a few years in service it has deteriorated badly the buses practically all are in need of repair and at times I find them to be a bit chaotic in the service that they are providing the city of Barranquilla and I would say that the only thing that this system has going for it is that it offers aire conditioning.
Written August 23, 2016
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Mike
Medellin, Colombia39 contributions
Huge potential, poorly executed.
Jun 2016 • Couples
Transmetro is an incredible upgrade from the regular, private networks available in the city. All of the private networks run without a schedule and often change their routes. The drivers are NASCAR maniacs and of course, with the exception of one or two PC buses, there's no air conditioning. TRANSMETRO on the other hand offers a scheduled service following a signposted route with stations and in some places, dedicated lanes.

Unfortunately, the system hasn't learned how to match supply with demand - during rush periods, buses are packed like cans of sardines and Barranquilleros aren't known for being courteous - expect to be jostled about if you're lucky enough to actually get on.

Next, if you don't have a transit pass, you can't get on the bus - unlike most other cities around the world, they don't accept tickets or cash. Moreover, this fact isn't publicized - none of the bus-stops mention that you need a card - and certainly there is no signage informing where to obtain a pass. Forget about asking the drivers - strangely, they aren't allowed to speak with passengers.

To get a pass, you need to go to one of the bus stations and inquire at the customer service kiosk. If you don't speak Spanish, ask a local friend to do this for you.

Next, there are very few system maps and the names of the buses don't match the map in any logical way. Even people who live here have difficulty.

Finally, the service closes around 10pm. There are no 24 hour routes.

So, all up - it's a huge improvement from the old system. Whenever I can, I take TM.. but there's still work to be done.
Written June 28, 2016
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JakeDeuceWalter
Fort Lauderdale, FL206 contributions
not a great deal.
Feb 2016 • Solo
doesn't take to everywhere in the city and also station are dirty, doors not working and not bilingual.
Written February 27, 2016
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john f
Lima, Peru21 contributions
too many people use it
Aug 2015 • Family
if you go after the peek time you will be good. There are very few stations, and they only connect the south part of the city; additionally, transmetro mainly goes through a main road called la Murrillo. Therefore, if you are going any where else in the city you have to take what is called a "alimentador" (feeder bus), which does not trasit frequently and has long waiting times; besides, stopping at a lot of stops within the city.
Written February 17, 2016
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Chip W
Barranquilla, Colombia40 contributions
The city bus system
Feb 2016 • Solo
TransMetro will get you into most of the major barrios, and all the malls, in the city. At this time the cost is 1800 COP (about .60 cents US), and if you leave the bus, then re-enter within an hour of the previous entry, you will not be recharged (well, most of the time). The buses are air-conditioned and modern. At most times of the day, especially rush hour, they are all over-crowded, be prepared to stand butt-cheek-to-butt-cheek. I live here and ride these buses every day.
Written February 16, 2016
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