High speed trains are so passé — for comfortable superfast travel, hop on the Superbus.
With a top speed of 155 MPH, the new Superbus, which sort of looks like an elongated Batmobile, could be an efficient way to reduce congestion at a lower cost than building new trains or other public transit systems.
Public transit in a metropolitan area is all about balance; if there aren't enough public transit options, too many people choose to drive, clogging roadways and adding to pollution. But trains are expensive (and, if above-ground, contributors to traffic) and adding more buses to the road can magnify traffic woes further.
Good news for the nostalgic: London's signature red Routemaster buses are making a stylish comeback. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Transport for London today unveiled the final design for new double-decker buses inspired by the Routemaster, which was phased out in 2005.
Every time a bus, police car or mini sightseeing cart go by, you hear it: the soft buzz of an electric motor pushing wheels on pavement. Almost every official vehicle for the Expo is electric, whether it's powered by fuel cells, batteries or supercapacitors.