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Old 03-06-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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I don't know if I could get use to a "Straddling Bus" going over the top of my car while I drive. It could be cool or scary. What about you?

“Straddling” bus–a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute | ChinaHush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv8_W2PA0rQ


This is set to hit the highways in Beijing this year. WOW
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Actually, I think it looks feasible. I don't see where it is a problem to other drivers. It is like being on a bridge, but the bridge moves, so drivers just need to observe an additional set of signals, to not drive across the lanes when the bus is present.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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China desperately needs better ideas like this one. Maybe there'll be fewer people buying cars and more people riding these busses.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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That's interesting but I can see one problem already. You'll lose your sense of speed and have vertigo if the "walls" are traveling even if they had openings. I'm sure everyone has had this happen, you're sitting at an intersection and the car next to you backs up? It's out of the norm and you think you're moving forward. First reaction is to press harder on the brake....
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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China desperately needs better ideas like this one. Maybe there'll be fewer people buying cars and more people riding these busses.

It is not a China issue, it's a transportation issue. Every country has unique needs and problems, with unique solutions. China bashers need to recognize that automatically copying the American way of doing everything is not necessarily the best way for other countries to progress.

China is now in a process of constructing new infrastructure, and not just putting infuriating orange cones on old ones.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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I didn't realize I was suggesting that China copy our way of doing everything. I saw it as a Chinese solution to a Chinese problem.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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That's interesting but I can see one problem already. You'll lose your sense of speed and have vertigo if the "walls" are traveling even if they had openings. I'm sure everyone has had this happen, you're sitting at an intersection and the car next to you backs up? It's out of the norm and you think you're moving forward. First reaction is to press harder on the brake....
That was my thought as well. A stationary overpass is one thing, but a straddling bus sounds potentially hazardous. I can't believe the inventors of this concept didn't consider this.

And what happens when a big truck comes behind the bus and there's only two lanes on the road so it can't pass by? The truck is forced to stay behind the bus, thereby interrupting the flow of traffic in the lane?

Beyond that, it is a pretty neat concept.
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