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Elevated Bus Now Said to be a Scam

07/07/2017 7:46 AM

The elevated bus that cars could drive under was talked about a few months ago. I saw the news this morning that reported it to be a scam. I was in Qinuangdao a couple months ago and while I didn't go to every part of the city, I didn't see anywhere that it had been much planned for.

NPR link: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/06/535625957/chinas-elevated-bus-project-seemed-too-good-to-be-true-and-it-was

Some of the reasons stated for the non-feasibility of the program was brought up in the forum last time.

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Re: Elevated bus now said to be a scam

07/07/2017 9:31 AM

Some of the reasons stated for the non-feasibility of the program was brought up in the forum last time.

Here's the link.

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07/07/2017 10:40 AM

OK,, now that I can believe.....

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Re: Elevated Bus Now Said to be a Scam

07/07/2017 2:42 PM

Whether or not a scam, it was a pretty dumb idea.

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Re: Elevated Bus Now Said to be a Scam

07/08/2017 7:52 AM

I can drive under a semi trailer or the occasional farm sprayer I encounter on country roads with this.

I haven't tried it, but I can tell the clearance is there.

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Re: Elevated Bus Now Said to be a Scam

07/08/2017 8:42 PM

Uhh, don't try it!

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Re: Elevated Bus Now Said to be a Scam

07/10/2017 2:57 AM

But it might get you out of Cold War East Berlin. A guy in the West rented an Austin Healey in the days you could take a car across Checkpoint Charlie. Got his family in; deflated the tyres so they'd just grip; ditto the suspension; folded the windscreen down. At the time the gate was just a barrier bar. Turned onto Freidrichstrasse gunned it and just drove under the barrier before the guards thought to fire a warning. Following day single bar is refitted with hanging bars to prevent the same trick.

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07/10/2017 6:34 PM

That is a great escape. Back when I had that car as a kid in the mid 70s, and it was a beater, I once ditched someone by driving across the sidewalk, then down an alley between two buildings. There was an HVAC unit for one of them in the alley. I had about two inches clearance on each side. The guy chasing me had to come to a gravel grinding stop.

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07/09/2017 4:11 PM

Oh well, back to the drawing board.

Who wants to discuss overhead light rail?

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