Straddle bus won’t be seen on Shenzhen roads
Even though it was named one of the 50 best invention for 2010, the straddle bus won’t be seen in Shenzhen roads yet. The bus was designed by a Shenzhen company was supposed to run along a fixed route, with passenger compartments spanning the width of two traffic lanes. The bus will sit above the road surface on a pair of stilts allowing cars to pass on the roads underneath it.
However discussions in September with people from the urban planning, land and resources commission, traffic police and bus operators argues that even if the straddle bus was a concept in helping reliving traffic congestion it still needs more experiments before it can be used. The commission argued that he bus can be a threat the safety of small cars and make motorists anxious, plus being a large vehicle it might disrupt traffic if it will make turns. Further more it would be expensive to built and support facilities in making elevated bus stops.
Song Youzhou the vehicle designer, argues that all the problems being raised by the commission can be easily fixed by installing measures like painting the bus in bright colors, putting lights underneath the bus and integrating the bus with the existing transport planning. Building bus infrastructures costs around 50 million yuan per kilometer, just a small amount in comparison to the expenses in building the Metro Lines.
The straddle bus can replace 40 conventional buses and save 860 tons of fuel annually, cutting carbon emissions to 2,640 tons. Song hopes that the related problems will be solved, and less time should be spent in doubt and more time in finding solutions.