'Straddling bus' headed to U.S.?
Earlier this year we reported that a Chinese company was working on building a "bus" that will actually straddle traffic.
Now reader Scott Knight has passed along this interesting tidbit from Wired magazine's Autopia blog: The "straddling bus" may be coming to the United States.
According to the Autopia report, Song Youzhou, chairman of Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., has formed a U.S. company to explore opportunities to build and sell the bus, which is more like a giant train on ice skates, here. A pilot project is currently planned for a district in Beijing.
The blog ChinaHush reported earlier this year that 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. It could replace up to 40 regular buses.
Such a project in the United States would face enormous hurdles: safety regulations, arranging financing, retrofitting infrastructure. But company officials have said the cost is a better value than a traditional subway and takes less time to build.
Imagine what a fleet of these would look like ringing the Capital Beltway or traveling I-66.
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