August 4, 2010
At BuzzBuzzHome we love cool and innovative new technologies, especially when they deal with minimizing traffic congestion and speeding up public transportation.
However, a new bus-system from Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. may have taken the idea to the extreme with their “Straddling Bus”. The Straddling Bus is much like a subway – err, maybe an aboveway as the train is above traffic!
Thanks to China Hush for this:
“The model looks like a subway or light-rail train bestriding the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.”
While it would be scary to drive under a moving bridge, the Chinese residents don’t have much of a say as according to Engadget, “construction of the first 115 miles of track will begin in Beijing’s Mentougou district at the end of 2010.”
I have no idea what they are saying in the video below, but it looks awesome. FYI… you can find a translation at China Hush…