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A Faster Way to Travel

posted Saturday Aug 7, 2010 by Scott Ertz

A Faster Way to Travel

Have you ever dreamed of living in a place where buses are cool? It might just be time for you to move to China. Beijing's Mentougou District, to be exact. Here, Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd has proposed a new type of bus, one they are calling the 3D fast bus, but after seeing the images, I want to call it a tunnel bus.

What is so special about the tunnel bus? Well, it takes up no space on the road. "How is that possible?" you might be asking. Well, it is, seemingly, very simple. Rather than rolling along the road on wheels, the roads will be lined with electric tracks and the bus will actually cover the road from above, leaving enough room underneath for other vehicles to pass.

For more info on the "3D fast bus" plus a video presentation of it in future action, hit the break.

This crazy double-decker bus will sit 4.5m off the ground (14.76 feet), run entirely on electric and solar power and be able to travel up to 60km/hr (37mph - just under the speed of a NYC subway) all while carrying 1200-1400 passengers. This monster, along with the initial 40km track, will only cost 500 million yuan ($73.8M), less than 10% of the cost of creating new subway lines.


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