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Go go gadget straddling bus! Chinese super-buses glide over traffic
Gizmag ^ | August 3, 2010 | Loz Blain

Posted on 08/11/2010 2:23:14 AM PDT by Natural Born 54

So here's a fascinating public transport idea that we've never seen mooted before – giant super-buses that roll on stilts on small tracks between lanes of traffic. So they roll over the top of stopped traffic, and when they stop to let passengers on and off, they don't interrupt the flow of traffic below.

Far quicker and cheaper to build than a subway or monorail system, the Straddling Bus system simply requires modification to existing roads, and the creation of a network of elevated bus stops.

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This is not a pipe dream – the pilot program goes into construction by the end of this year in the Mentougou district of Beijing, where 186km of tracks will be laid. If it works, you can expect to see it rolled out across China's large cities – and FAST.

(Excerpt) Read more at gizmag.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: buses; china; innovation
The article has a very futuristic looking CGI still from a video about the straddling bus - video available only in Chinese. This is a very innovative idea which shows, once again, how necessity is the mother of invention.
1 posted on 08/11/2010 2:23:16 AM PDT by Natural Born 54
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To: Natural Born 54

What is missing are the hundreds of motor scooters that would be riding between the wheels of the bus :-)


2 posted on 08/11/2010 2:28:52 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: TheCipher

Maybe they’ll decide to ride the cool new bus instead and carry a fold up cycle. If you look at the pic of the bus, you’ll see they must have thought of the motor scooter problem and made it impossible - there is no space between the wheels to ride!


3 posted on 08/11/2010 2:34:44 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Natural Born 54

So who wins at an intersection when the cars or scooters want to turn and the bus is going straight?

What I experienced in Taiwan, the scooters are handy for all of the very narrow streets that people seem to live on. Typically, the bus would only get them half the way home. It might be a novel way of dealing with downtown traffic to a degree but still individual transportation wins favour everytime.


4 posted on 08/11/2010 2:51:24 AM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Hayworth for US Senate - Scott for FL Gov.)
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To: Natural Born 54

It was Richard Nixon who invited China into the modern world.

I see they’ve accepted his invitation with great vigor.

The government is still authoritarian, but it’s difficult to crush people when they are wealthy.

That’s why our government wants to impoverish us. We will be easier to “manage”.


5 posted on 08/11/2010 2:52:14 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Natural Born 54

China builds new cities and public infrastructure in months, meanwhile we take years and the red tape, regulations and self flagellation add millions to every shovel of earth turned.


6 posted on 08/11/2010 2:57:31 AM PDT by databoss
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To: Natural Born 54

7 posted on 08/11/2010 3:03:26 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Natural Born 54
Potential for spectacular videos when one car rear ends another and blows up under the straddling bus.

Chinese will probably make it illegal to have that kind of accident tho...

8 posted on 08/11/2010 3:14:48 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: databoss

Thanks for posting the pic. I was afraid to do it because of all this copyright crap. It’s pretty cool looking, isn’t it?


9 posted on 08/11/2010 3:17:14 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: paulycy

Thanks for posting the pic. I was afraid to do it because of all this copyright crap. It’s pretty cool looking, isn’t it?
(now I am thinking the right person)


10 posted on 08/11/2010 3:19:28 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: databoss

Sorry for misdirecting the pic comment. Speaking of red tape and adding millions to every shovelful, did you see the article about the Los Angeles city employees’ salaries? Government wages at all levels are way out of hand. I’ll bet the Chinese government doesn’t do that. Of course, they’ve already subjugated the populace whereas in the U.S. it’s a work in progress.


11 posted on 08/11/2010 3:23:21 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Natural Born 54

It looks cool. But I think I’d feel kinda closed in when it went over me. Still, the idea could work. It’s like an elevated train that carries its own track with it.


12 posted on 08/11/2010 3:25:36 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Westbrook

So true what you said. However, I’ll never be “easy to manage” and I’d guess you won’t either.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 3:25:59 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: Natural Born 54

> However, I’ll never be “easy to manage” and I’d guess you
> won’t either.

Right you are, FRiend. The statist busybodies think they know what’s best for us, you know, “it takes a village” and all that other “communitarian” swill. I ain’t buying it.

We have no king but King Jesus!
~ one of the battle cries from the War for Independence


14 posted on 08/11/2010 3:32:21 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Natural Born 54
On a related note, the Chinese have proposed a passenger train that never stops at stations, yet it can pickup passengers. Pretty neat idea.
15 posted on 08/11/2010 3:44:05 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Natural Born 54

Funny thing on the pic though - is that a Chrysler made Jeep?


16 posted on 08/11/2010 3:50:42 AM PDT by databoss
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To: 6SJ7
"the Chinese have proposed a passenger train that never stops at stations, yet it can pickup passengers."

They've had those for awhile...


17 posted on 08/11/2010 3:55:39 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

That was actually for packages, not people. (to the best of my knowledge)


18 posted on 08/11/2010 4:09:10 AM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla

“That was actually for packages, not people. “

Depends on how badly you wanted on the train... ;0)


19 posted on 08/11/2010 4:12:36 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: databoss
Funny thing on the pic though - is that a Chrysler made Jeep?

Might be the new Hummer. ;)
20 posted on 08/11/2010 4:18:35 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Natural Born 54
If you look at the pic of the bus, you’ll see they must have thought of the motor scooter problem and made it impossible - there is no space between the wheels to ride!

I live in Taiwan. Believe me, motor scooters ALWAYS find a place to ride ( and park ). If they don't fit between the wheels, they will ride on the roof :-)

21 posted on 08/11/2010 4:32:16 AM PDT by TheCipher
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To: Natural Born 54

It looks like it will cost a fortune and need major road changes. Then again, it probably would be cheaper than an elevated train line.


22 posted on 08/11/2010 4:41:59 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: mazda77

Since the “bus” is operating on a different level than the cars, I don’t see the intersection issue being a problem. That being said, I think this would be good for highways, but not necessarily for the inner city. For the city, what’s wrong with subways? Come to think of it, this look like a mod version of an El[evated] train.


23 posted on 08/11/2010 4:46:19 AM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: 6SJ7; Willie Green
passenger train that never stops at stations

Perhaps a way to move freight and passengers simultaneously? Only on one end of the train due to height ristrictions.

Details to follow by W.Green.

24 posted on 08/11/2010 5:37:24 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Natural Born 54
1. Judging from the photo it can't turn.

2. People stuck under it can't turn.

3. People with claustrophobia will NOT like being under that thing.

4. What happens when someone has an accident and gets lodged in the undersides of that thing?

5. As someone else pointed out, how heavily armored will the underside be when someone crashes and there is a fire under it?

6. How strong are the stilts - can they withstand an SUV running a red light and impacting it at 50-70 kph, for example? Probably not. 7. The operational area will have to be heavily modified to move/remove street signs, overhanging wires, etc. that would interfere with its operation.

Maybe this can be done, but I'm betting there are some practical difficulties that will prevent it from happening.

25 posted on 08/11/2010 5:50:28 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lydiablievernicht)
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To: Natural Born 54

Green Willie, how about a passenger train like this passing over a freight train?


26 posted on 08/11/2010 5:57:17 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Natural Born 54

Inspiring drawing but lyrically it doesn’t work:

Pardon me, boy
Is that the Cantonese choo choo?
Track twenty-nine
Boy, you can gimme a shine
I can afford
To board a Cantonese choo choo


27 posted on 08/11/2010 6:15:21 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Westbrook; databoss
On my many trips to China and back, it is becoming apparent to me that I am witnessing the slow regression of one society (the US) and the slow emergence of another (China).

Some of the most stark differences are in the manners and social protocols of public employees. The airport employees in Shanghai are trained to speak good English, and have excellent and courteous manners. Ditto for the immigration agents at the entry and exit, who always smile and say "Thank You." Then when I arrive in LAX or SFO (or JFK sometimes) it is readily apparent that I am returning to a third world country, the USA of 2010. Airport employees of various nationalities who do not speak good English, who are rude and brusque, and a general sense of disorganization and chaos that would have met a Westerner traveling to the Orient in the 1800s.

Clearly, the tables have turned. The Great Republic, once led by historic figures like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Reagan has now devolved into socialistic banana Republic headed by an Ethiopian eunuch. A once backward, Communist land is now the epicenter of Capitalism and dynamism, co-opting the creativity and ingenuity of the West.

28 posted on 08/11/2010 6:15:27 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: Natural Born 54
So here's a fascinating public transport idea that we've never seen mooted before

I'm sure that lots of people have imagined gliding over traffic jams on vehicles with stilts. I used to think about that quite often. But my next thought would be all the reasons why it wouldn't work and would never be allowed (which is probably true in this country).

China has an official goal to become a leading country in innovation. They will undoubtedly do this. If they beat us in manufacturing AND innovation ... maybe it's better not to spell it out.

29 posted on 08/11/2010 6:33:16 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: nwrep
On my many trips to China and back, it is becoming apparent to me that I am witnessing the slow regression of one society (the US) and the slow emergence of another (China).

I noticed that, too. They've caught up, and this is the time - right now - when due to our economic malaise they have started to pass us.

30 posted on 08/11/2010 6:39:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: nwrep

Can’t argue with what you say. But, the tables can be turned back again when the direction of the country is once again in the hands of Americans.

(”Ethiopian eunuch”? LOL)


31 posted on 08/11/2010 7:07:31 AM PDT by Natural Born 54 (FUBO x 10)
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To: paulycy

As a boy I lived in England in a town on the main railway line from London to Scotland.
We would often go down to the railway station to see the mail train pick up the mail bags while barreling through at 60 mph without slowing down.
The mail was sorted on the train and ready for delivery to all parts of London by the time the train arrived at Euston station.


32 posted on 08/11/2010 8:04:40 AM PDT by beaubazzoo
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To: beaubazzoo

Cool! I’ve never seen such a thing having been raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. Just metro trains and general carriers.


33 posted on 08/11/2010 8:06:11 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: nwrep

Well...we don’t have organ harvesting trucks that travel around to various prisons execute the condemned and then harvest the bodies. People also don’t have their Bible confiscated nor are they imprisoned for possessing it.


34 posted on 08/11/2010 10:13:08 AM PDT by databoss
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