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    Default China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars

    My coworker just sent me this. It looks like they're planning to begin construction by the end of this year... I'm really curious to see if it actually happens and, if it does, how the system actually operates in real life. Oh China, if any place can pull something like this off, it is you. The transportation nerd inside of me really hopes you do.

    3D Express Coach: China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars



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    I pictured a bus with monster truck wheels! And was thinking it's a great solution to the Fung-Wah buses flipping over all the time.



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    I saw this too... pretty cool idea, but.... well, what if the road turns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    I pictured a bus with monster truck wheels! And was thinking it's a great solution to the Fung-Wah buses flipping over all the time.
    I like that imagery. I actually love taking the Fung Wah. So many... characters... on that bus. Heheheh.

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    I saw this too... pretty cool idea, but.... well, what if the road turns?
    I imagine it would be the same as if a railroad track turns. Only the wheels actually need to be in contact with the tracks. I would be curious to see some more of the design side of it rather than just the pretty renderings. You have to admit, though, the renderings ARE pretty.
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    But I mean, the bus is straight, and the cars below it would be on a curvy road.... so wouldn't the bus hit them? Maybe it the bus were segmented like a train it would work....

    I'm sure they have all that stuff worked out though. Cool idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I'm sure they have all that stuff worked out though. Cool idea.
    I hope it works better than the Seattle Monorail!

    I love the idea though.

    I was born in Germany, and lived there until I was 9.
    My brother and I used to take the buses, Strassenbahn (street train), and U-bah (subway) all over the city of Frankfurt.
    We'd get our allowance, escape from the military police in getting off the base, and go get loaded up on Gummy Bears and chocolate.
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    I foresee bicycles equipped with grappling hooks.

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    This sounds...disasterous.

    But then again, this could be a drastic plan of population control.

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    BIG LOL from me

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    I think that the these are the things which the Thatcher governments right wing wanted to replace the trains with, they wanted to pull up all the track in the country and lay special roads which would be exclusively for buses or fraighters and truckers.

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