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China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars
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Posted 8/19/10 , edited 8/19/10

China's new technology...as seen below





Its kinda awesome..whats ur view?
Posted 8/19/10
It look very mordern..cool invention
Posted 8/19/10
Haha I kinda understand why they are planning this project. The number of cars in Beijing is.. insane seriously.
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Posted 8/19/10
The bus on top of existing highways seems like a great idea if it works. A good way to increase flow on existing rights-of way with minimal disruption and way cheaper to build than subway lines -- only 10% of the cost ( http://dianchu.blogspot.com/2010/08/straddling-3d-super-bus-for-greener.html ). Would sure freak me out to have that thing go over my head, though.

I'm not sure why people even use cars to get around in the Jing (status?), unless you have a driver. It seems like you can walk/subway/bus faster, except during weird times. And even if you got where you were supposed to go there never seems like any parking.
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Posted 8/19/10
Genius..except. How on earth will you turn?!
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Posted 8/19/10
genius invention.
Posted 8/20/10
very impressive to comeout with this idea
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Posted 8/20/10
is it under construction?
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Looks more like a train on pedestrian streets than it does a bus, but, aside from that, what if a car under it wants to switch lane?

And how the hell do you get down from this behemoth?
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postafu123 wrote:

is it under construction?


No, I think it is just proposed for now, but the Mentougou district of Beijing is apparently in the advanced stages of planning for it. That's way to the west, even further west than the end of the #1 red line, so I assume they will be using it for long haul commuter service into the Jing (which gets to my point below about it probably being mostly for expressways).


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Looks more like a train on pedestrian streets than it does a train, but, aside from that, what if a car under it wants to switch lane?

And how the hell do you get down from this behemoth?


I believe there will be either be elevated stations at stops or they can use existing pedestrian overpasses to offload/unload (it is shorter than an underpass and would use a set of steps or ladder in the car so people would exit through the roof). I think the idea is that it generally runs on an expressway or major road, not a road with a lot of turn-offs. There probably wouldn't be lane switching allowed if it runs on rails or it would run over two median-separated lanes or something (I would hope). It would block turn-offs, but I guess it's no worse than road-level light rail that runs in many European or US cities; turn offs would need red/green lights or crossing arms or something. Maybe they would run it in the middle of the road on express lanes that have minimal access to the outside lanes with the entrance/exists, like HOV lanes in the US.

US drivers are notoriously bad about playing chicken with road-level light rail, however. I assume Europeans are better. Who knows what inexperienced Chinese drivers (and, yes, they almost all are -- like a whole nation of teenagers with brand new licenses *shudders*) will do...

More details. http://www.chinahush.com/2010/07/31/straddling-bus-a-cheaper-greener-and-faster-alternative-to-commute/
Posted 8/22/10

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postafu123 wrote:

is it under construction?


No, I think it is just proposed for now, but the Mentougou district of Beijing is apparently in the advanced stages of planning for it. That's way to the west, even further west than the end of the #1 red line, so I assume they will be using it for long haul commuter service into the Jing (which gets to my point below about it probably being mostly for expressways).


longfenglim wrote:

Looks more like a train on pedestrian streets than it does a train, but, aside from that, what if a car under it wants to switch lane?

And how the hell do you get down from this behemoth?


I believe there will be either be elevated stations at stops or they can use existing pedestrian overpasses to offload/unload (it is shorter than an underpass and would use a set of steps or ladder in the car so people would exit through the roof). I think the idea is that it generally runs on an expressway or major road, not a road with a lot of turn-offs. There probably wouldn't be lane switching allowed if it runs on rails or it would run over two median-separated lanes or something (I would hope). It would block turn-offs, but I guess it's no worse than road-level light rail that runs in many European or US cities; turn offs would need red/green lights or crossing arms or something. Maybe they would run it in the middle of the road on express lanes that have minimal access to the outside lanes with the entrance/exists, like HOV lanes in the US.

US drivers are notoriously bad about playing chicken with road-level light rail, however. I assume Europeans are better. Who knows what inexperienced Chinese drivers (and, yes, they almost all are -- like a whole nation of teenagers with brand new licenses *shudders*) will do...

More details. http://www.chinahush.com/2010/07/31/straddling-bus-a-cheaper-greener-and-faster-alternative-to-commute/


they are still deciding whether to build it?

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crunch132 wrote:

they are still deciding whether to build it?



Dunno, from what I read it was in "advanced planning" or something, not sure whether that means a FID (final investment decision) has been made or not. Of course, in 21st century China, the difference between "planning" and "building" is the hour or so it takes to round up thousands of construction workers and hundreds of pieces of equipment. Buildings and projects sprout like mushrooms.

Everything feels so old and shabby when I come back to the states. That, and the people in the US seem so fat and slow, waddling around from one fast food stand to another.
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Posted 8/22/10
whoa..china look so high tech now...different from the old days
Posted 8/24/10
it look like a train!
Posted 8/26/10
Great...heres a video of how it function..if you are wondering

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQxP_un15iQ&feature=related
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