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article imageChina to build buses that can drive over vehicles in traffic

By Andrew Moran     Aug 6, 2010 in Technology
Beijing - In order to combat congestion, speed up traffic jams and save on construction costs, China is building environmentally-friendly gigantic buses that can literally drive over cars. The bus is called the Straddling Bus.
Traffic has a lot of negative consequences on our daily lives. According to ABC News, traffic congestion results in 5.7 billion hours of delay on an annual basis, while drivers spend 40 hours per year by standing in traffic that isn’t even moving.
China has now come up with a solution to the problem of traffic. According to Engadget, innovators in China have developed a 3D Express Coach, which is environmentally-friendly and is powered by electricity and solar energy.
The light-rail trains – called the Straddling Bus – will have two levels and stand approximately 4 meters (13 feet) high. Each passenger would enter the bus at the upper level and vehicles can drive right under the bus. The bus can carry anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 passengers per trip. It can reach speeds of 60 kilometers per hour (37 miles per hour).
Yahoo! News reports that construction will begin by the end of 2010 in the Mentougou district in Beijing. Each bus will cost an estimated $75 million.
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