buses can fly

What if buses could fly? Science fiction seems to be more real in last proposal for sustainable urban mobility in Chinese cities. The “straddling bus” looks like a light-rail train bestriding the road, reducing the cost of commuting systems to a third, when compared to subway construction. Its construction will begin at the end of this year in Beijing.

It is 4/4.5 m high with 2 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 1,200-1,400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. {…} it can reduce traffic jams by 20-30 %.

[source and image> straddling bus via chinahush]

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