“Straddling buses” are so last month, now it’s all about sky trains.
China’s very first sky train rolled off the assembly line on Saturday, inside a hard-working factory in Nanjing. China Daily reports that it only took them 4 months to design and complete the train.
And just like that, China becomes just the third country to “master” this technology, behind Germany and Japan.
Much like the “straddling bus,” the sky train is said to offer many advantages over traditional metros and trams. According to state media, they are cheaper and less time-consuming to build and are more environmentally-friendly to boot. One Beijing Jiaotong University professor estimates that it will only take 3 to 5 months to install dozens of kilometers of rail.
The trains can hold over 200 passengers and run on batteries, which last 4 hours and can be changed in two minutes at a station.
So, where can you ride one of these modern marvels? Well, experts believe that they are perfect for public transportation in third and fourth tier cities, as well as in scenic spots. China Daily says that they will make their debut at a “variety of scenic places” next year.
Which seems a bit unfair, because we were the ones that were supposed to get a suspended monorail. Back in 2013, the Shanghai government announced it was considering installing the country’s first suspended monorail train by 2015 to alleviate traffic congestion in the city.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. But, the next year, they did introduce a model for a proposed suspended monorail system — WITH TRANSPARENT TRAINS.
Last we heard, it could be operating in 2019. Could.
[Images via China Daily]