In an effort to go green and relieve congestion without widening roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a “3D Express Coach” (also known as a “three-dimensional fast bus”). The innovation will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level of the vehicle, which will be carrying passengers. According to China Hush, the 6-meter-wide 3D Express Coach will be powered by a combination of electricity and solar energy, and will be able to travel up to 60 kilometers per hour carrying some 1200 to 1400 passengers. The first 115 miles of track is set for construction in Beijing’s Mentougou district starting in late 2010. The Chairman of the Huashi Future Parking Equipment company boasts it will take only a year and 500 million yuan (around $73 million) to build the futuristic transportation system.
As with much in China, big plans are sometimes followed by fizzles, but then again... they do have knack for making things happen, and it's not that hard to envision a not-too-distant future in which you can hop off the Shanghai-Shenzhen vacuum mag and board the 3D Express Coach, completing a Shanghai-Shenzhen door-to-door journey in about as much time as it currently takes to get from one side of downtown Beijing to the other in a taxi.