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G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com China's Solution to Mass Transit, Drive Over the Cars! China has decided that due to the population they have and the mass transportation that a different way of thinking is needed. They came up with the idea that if the buses drove over the auto's they could use the same road for both personal and mass transit. These buses would hold 1000 people at a time. As such, they had this video and mock model of what it would look like posted here on the BBC web site: BBC Video on proposed buses This seem to go over well and as such, a large circle route was done with a fully functional 300 person capacity bus that has now gone into alpha testing, but by the looks of it could actually be in use now. This alpha is officially called the TEB-1 "Transit Elevated Bus 1" and this TEB-1 stands 16 feet tall, glides over two lanes of traffic and the inside comparment is 72 feet by 26 feet, yet with few seats as most are expected to stand for their trip. With China testing and playing out new ideas for mass transit, this does bring up the question: Would the US consider building dedicated routes that have the tracks to supports these types of buses? Would people accept making some roads passenger cars only roads to allow dedicated buses like this? One thing is that this would force from Semi trucks to regular pickup trucks / SUV's anything over the normal passenger car height to stay to their own roads compared to using all roads. SO what do you all think, could this be a solution to say the Washington DC circle or other high traffic flow routes that needs to move mass people from point A to B? Or is this a China only Solution? 300 person Bus driving over auto's by Washington Post
G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Germany's First Hydrogen Train Yesterday Germany introduced to the world the first long distant Hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint can travel 497 miles per tank load of Hydrogen fuel, carry 300 people per train. This new train is slated to start service Dec 2017 in Germany. The plan is to replace all 4,000 diesel trains that Germany says is contributing to their Acid Rain problem with clean emission free Hydrogen trains. According to the various news reports, this new breakthrough train was developed in only 2 years. The company that did the development work is Alstom of France and they are hoping to get the whole European Union to convert their rail network to this new generation of clean emission-free trains. Interior is very spacious and designed to put travelers at ease with clear vision of the outside while allowing plenty of room for packages, bags, etc.