Beijing’s New 1000 Seater Superbus

Artists’s impression.  Being tested in 2010.

I don’t know how many of you have taken a city bus ride in China in the rush hour.  The bus moves in short sharp uncomfortable pulses as space appears in the solid traffic.  The seats and the aisles are packed to bursting.  Most westerners would regard the experience as unacceptable, yet in China it’s daily normal.
A student put his mind to solving the problem, and the above is his brainchild.  A 1000 seater bus that runs on rails placed into the highway, on stilts as it were, running over the traffic below.
It’s a very clever idea, and if it works will no doubt be seen all over the world over time.
From China Post
This handout illustration from Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment received on Tuesday, Aug. 24, shows the “super bus,” due to be tested in the coming months in the western part of Beijing, traveling on rails and straddling two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to drive under its passenger compartment, which holds up to 1,400 people. (AFP)
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