A Chinese company has developed a new bus that will transport passengers above the traffic. The 3D Fast Bus as the manufacturers are calling it, is expected to cut down on traffic congestion by 20 to 30 percent.
According to China Hush, the Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd developed the 3D Fast Bus as an alternative to building subways. Using the proposed buses that look like subway cars, would cost less than building a subway system. Building the bus system would cost “500 million yuan ($73.92 million) to build the bus and a 40-km-long [25 miles long] path for it, only 10% of building [an] equivalent subway.” The loading platforms would also need to be high in order for people to easily get on and off the buses.
Annie Lee of the China Hush calls these “straddling buses” because:
It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. 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.
All Straddling Buses would be electric "using 700V power and super-capacitors for fast charging." Solar panels could also be mounted on the top of the buses for constant charging. The entire 3D Fast bus system would produce zero emissions helping to improve air quality.
The buses would require special tracks to be imbedded in the roadway. Unlike the three to six years that it would take to build a 40 km subway system, it will only take one year to put in the tracks for the 3D buses. The roadwork needed for the tracks would not close the road entirely allowing the roadways to stay open for traffic. Building a subway would mean that the roads would be completely closed for the entire three to six years.
Warning systems built into the bus will alert drivers if they are about to run into the side of the bus. Trucks and vans too tall to go underneath the bus will also receive a warning.
A future Straddling Bus pilot project will be conducted in Beijing’s Mentougou District.