The greatest bus in the universe is coming

Forget the jetpacks for just a moment, this is how your getting to work in 2030. It's a 3d fast bus, or a 'straddling' bus, and it's quite possibly the greatest bus every to adorn the planet. Actually, we can't think of any buses that may compete for the title, and would therefore welcome your suggestions. It certainly beats Boris's London Routemasters into a cocked a hat, and it's the future of transport in Beijing’s Mentougou District:

Twitchhiker - straddling bus

The pilot scheme will see a 40km long path built for the bus, which will carry up to 1,400 commuters at a time, while still allowing traffic to pass by. Or under. Or through. Whatever. It will cost just 10% of building the equivalent length of subway, and could reduce traffic jams by nearly a third. To be honest, it could also be an entirely made-up story plucked from the pages of the now-defunct News without News, in that you don't need a single word of copy to know what the story is:

Bitterwallet - straddling bus - no idea what that says[ChinaHush] via [Engadget]


  • PaulH
  • Daniel Z.
    is it made from bacon too?
  • toby
    how do you get off?!!
  • Nobby
    There is no way that would be able to carry 1,400 people. Look at the size of it, it would take one or two people sitting on it at most. Plus you would need to jump over the zig-zag barriers in the style of total wipeout. In my opinion, they should make a bigger version.
  • Morocco
    It's not the greatest bus in the universe, because the Vengabus is. However, they said it was coming about 10 years ago and I've been waiting and it's still not here...
  • Ian
    WTF?? IS DIS REAL???
  • DP
    This is the best bus ever. Works equally as well in the UK as it does in Oz:
  • -]
    It isn't often the comments on BW make me chuckle, but three (almost) in a row on this article. Well done nobby, morocco and DP.
  • james d.
    how does this work if the traffic on the road want to exit, the bus would get in the way.
  • Nobby
    > how does this work if the traffic on the road want to exit, the bus would get in the way. From the picture, it looks like it is only for long straight stretches of road, with no junctions coming off the sides.
  • (jah) w.
    And even if their were junctions then the stop lights for the bus could be ~10ft before the junction. Any cars needing to turn could then easily do so.
  • (jah) w.
    *there. I'm a joey.
  • Si
    "Posted by toby | August 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 am how do you get off?!!" Well, personally I like to use a loofah and a water-melon... Oh! You mean get off the bus! Sorry! ;)
  • Anon
    I can just imagine the carnage if a large truck makes a turn out of the lanes under the bus at the same time as the bus comes by.
  • Nobby
    @Si I dare you to look at this ...
  • Si
    OMG, I can realise one of my fantasies now! :o

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