by Christa Fletcher
In 2012 Beijing hopes to solve their traffic problems with the launch of a new, elevated high-speed bus. The 3D Express Coach (pictured above) is an eco-friendly and fast solution to the countless cars on congested roadways in the city. The 1,400 passenger-carrying vehicle is not only efficient for commuters, it’s powered by electric energy generated from solar panels on the roof. Plus, it will cost $1.35 billion — only 10% of what it would to construct a subway system.
Designed by Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment, this elevated high-speed bus is 15 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The 3D Express Coach will allow traffic to drive through it as passengers ride safely above the cars and trucks on a set route and schedule. Experts say the addition of the bus will reduce road congestion by 30%. Some fear the cars travelling beneath the bus could cause collisions despite the sensors, but the company says there will be a three-month testing period when the buses will drive 13-20 mph and then increase 25-30 mph later.
Many believe this futuristic-looking bus could solve Beijing’s and other cities’ traffic issues given the low cost, zero emissions and quick implementation. Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment plans to complete the project in two years. Many hope the new bus will decrease pollution in the city and promote the use of this new form of public transportation.
What do you think? Could this high-rise rider be the answer to urban traffic congestion?