Straddling Bus

Topics: Road, Miles per hour, Public transport Pages: 2 (663 words) Published: February 27, 2011
A few months back, we read about plans for huge straddling buses in China. These buses are large enough to carry a number of passengers, and high enough to allow traffic to pass beneath them. Apparently, the test runs for the bus in China are not yet complete or even underway, but the huge buzz they generated has been enough for the creators to already set sight on the US of A. U.S. Elevated High-Speed Bus (Group) is looking for manufacturers, and representatives to sell the bus in the United States. The bus can carry 1200 passengers, and will ride on rails or yellow lines outside the traditional traffic lanes. Interesting as the concept may be, and the considering the conceptual gains in congestion and traffic the bus offers, we think it isn’t going anywhere until there are some “real” results to see.

Each 3D Fast Bus can carry over a thousand passengers
Public transit in a metropolitan area is all about balance; if there aren't enough public transit options, too many people choose to drive, clogging roadways and adding to pollution. But trains are expensive (and, if above-ground,contributors to traffic) and adding more buses to the road can magnify traffic woes further. Enter the 3D Fast Bus, a futuristic concept vehicle that carries passengers above street level, straddling the lanes below so traffic can pass freely underneath. Chinese company Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. came up with the idea, which is more like a massive double-wide tram than a bus, with a fixed route and physical connection to the city's municipal power grid. Running on solar power gathered from its rooftop supplemented with grid energy, the "Fast Bus" is expected to top out just shy of 40 miles per hour, so it's not ideal for long treks. But for intra-city travel in large, dense metropolises like those common in urban China, the 1,200-passenger 3D Fast Bus could be a feasible solution, far-fetched though it may seem. The Chinese are developing a bus, called a...
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