In August last year we reported on a planned traffic and transportation system from China: a ‘fast bus’ that straddles the street, allowing it to run over cars and under underpasses at up to 40kmph.
Last week, TreeHugger reported an update on the fast bus – which doesn’t appear to be progressing very fast at all! Whilst 186km of track was meant to have been constructed by the end of 2010, there has been no news or indication of the progress on the project either from China or the Chinese media since the initial announcement.
TreeHugger goes one step further, and traces the concept back to a 1969 proposal in the New York Magazine, by Craig Hodgetts and Lester Walker. At the time, they also proposed another innovation: the bus that never stops. It’s fascinating reading, and certainly a unique and innovative concept to address traffic and public transportation.