China has a new transportation idea, a bus that small cars can pass through underneath. An article on chinahush.com states: “Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.” Also, according to Engadget, “Construction of the first 115 miles of track will begin in Beijing’s Mentougou district at the end of 2010.”
Our answer to this: “Despite greater awareness about vehicle emissions and spikes in gasoline prices, Census figures show fewer people carpooling than 30 years ago.”
Huff Post has a slide show of China’s bus, its proposed rail system and stations. A really cool invention here! Check it out.