If China has a gigantic traffic problem, the country also has a gigantic solution: huge elevated buses that traffic can drive under. These are apparently already under construction, and they are mind boggling. Whether because China’s traffic is so much worse or their willingness to experiment so much greater than their US counterparts, Chinese planners and engineers are potentially creating the next public transit phenomenon. I will be anxious to see how these buses, straight out of Minority Report, will work. Their developers claim they could reduce 25 to 30 percent of traffic congestion.
PlaceMatters often employs cutting edge technology in our work, but there is obviously room to be even more creative in how we approach improving decision-making. These buses are a bit outside the box, but if they work, they could have amazing benefits. Here at PlaceMatters, and in the sustainable planning world in general, we need to continue to push ourselves to think metaphorically when designing decision-making processes, “well..what if the cars could drive under the bus.”