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'Bus' in China would straddle traffic

One of the biggest buzzes in transportation news recently is coming out of China, where the Shenshen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. has proposed building a "bus" that regular vehicles can literally drive beneath.

This isn't just a paper design. A pilot project is planned for a district in Beijing.

The chairman of the company made a presentation on the new transport during the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo this spring. The blog ChinaHush posted a story about the bus last month. According to a translation by ChinaHush of the presentation, the bus could carry 1200 people, travel about 25 mph and run on electricity and solar power. It would be about 20 feet wide and 13 feet high.

According to an interview with the designer in the New York Times, the bus "could replace up to 40 conventional buses."

By Michael Bolden  | August 18, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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Looks like the monster bus is eating the poor little car! :)

Posted by: DOEJN | August 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It has all the benefits of a monorail with the extra ability to crush vehicles that change langes!

And in case of emergency, the sides fall off and drop you into traffic! Good way to get rid of some surplus Chinese.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The bus only works on perfectly straight roads with no overhead passes.

Also where do passengers get on and get off? In the middle of a highway? The bus can't turn so it's not like passengers can be picked up and dropped off in a convenient location.

Posted by: twigmuffin | August 19, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

"twigmuffin," other reports on this design have shown fixed stations with elevated platforms, sort of like what you have in so-called "Bus Rapid Transit" systems except that the platforms are elevated instead of at ground level.

The first report I saw on this thing said that it has a top speed of 60 km/h. That would limit its usefulness in the USA because it means it couldn't be used on many major roads. 60 km/h is roughly 38 mph.

Posted by: 1995hoo | August 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Let's do this instead of trolley cars on Columbia Pike!!!!!!

Posted by: whitneyuevans | August 19, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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