Arturo Ardila holds a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Urban Transportation Planning and masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a Fulbright scholar. He is also a civil engineer, and holds a masters’ degree in economics, both from Los Andes University in Bogotá. His doctoral dissertation documented in detail the transit planning processes behind two highly successful bus rapid transit systems in Curitiba and in Bogotá. He has researched for the Center for Transportation Studies at MIT, the Research Center of the School of Engineering, and the Center for Economic Development Studies, both at Los Andes University, and the SER Research Institute in Bogotá.
He has consulted for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and the governments of Bogotá, Cartagena, San Juan, La Paz, Ciudad de Panamá, San José de Costa Rica, Managua, Ciudad de Guatemala, San Salvador, and Tegucigalpa. He is jointly appointed by the Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Industrial Engineering departments at Los Andes University in Bogotá, where he is the director of the Center for Transportation Studies. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and a book on decentralization.