Surely it is only a matter of time before Len Brown or Andrew Williams proposes spending some real big money on something like this.
The latest, most outlandish transit solution, reports China Hush, is a âstraddling busâ (also called a âthree-dimensional fast busâ) that travels over the tops of automobiles, like a mobile tunnel. Commuters board from a station one story above the ground, and when the straddling bus parks to pick up ridersâas many as 1200 per vehicleâit doesnât disrupt the flow of traffic.
The project seems almost too good to be true, even though construction of a 115-mile line in Beijingâs Mentougou District is set to begin by the end of the year. The innovating company, Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment, claims that building the infrastructure for straddling buses is three times faster and much cheaper than a comparable distance of new subways.