Monday, March 18, 2013

Straddling Bus: Bus runs in between cars and flyover

Public transportation system is one of the rudimentary elements of necessitated infrastructure for the development of any great civilization. Buses and trains are the most popular forms of public traveling, however we mainly reckon on buses for both urban transportation and remote area transportation. The transportation of almost all the cities around the globe are enthralled with subways as well as BRT (Bus Rapid Transit).  The entire system seems to be messed up with traffic as BRT sorbs a plenty of road spaces and causes noise pollution whereas the construction of subway is a very expensive as well as tedious process.

Waiting in the heavy traffic during the office hours might have led you to the daydream of having a vehicle that can fly above all the cars and buses, and can stop just in front of your office. Can you believe?, your daydream come true with Straddling Bus. It is a more comfortable alternative and is an environmental-friendly public transportation developed by Chinese company Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd. The bus can cut down traffic jams by 20-30% is being introduced in the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo this year. When compare it with other conventional buses, it is faster, cheaper as well as greener. The bus is expected to be on the roads of Beijing’s Mentougou District soon. The exhibited model of straddling bus has similar features like a subway or light-rail train mounting up the road.

The straddling bus needs to have a separate path to travel. The bus and path are designed in the middle of the car’s path and the flyover above. You can see a straddling bus above the car and below the flyover and thus saving the road space. The bus has a height of 4-4.5 meters and has two levels. Passengers get on the topmost level when normal vehicles with a height lesser than 2 meters let the passengers to enter through the ground level. The model can carry an approximate number of 1200-1400 passengers at a time. It can speed up to 60 km/h without hindering the way of any other vehicles and is impelled by electricity and solar energy.

The exclusive path for the bus lets it to have a faster movement so that no other vehicles come along its route and hinder its speed. As it is really special as well as well-situated anyone can think of it having a very high price, don’t they? But, the cost of building the bus and 40-km-long path for it is 500 million yuan which is only 10% of building equivalent subway. The price and effort for a straddling bus is less than constructing underground trains as well. Unlike underground trains, the proposed path for straddling bus does not require any extra space. We can build it along with our current roads as it is built-in between the paths of cars and overpass. Lets hope for the light to come here in our cities also as the new invention is expected to bring easiness in Chinese roads.


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