Straddling the future of transit

When Disneyland installed a monorail system in the California amusement park in 1959, it was a sightseeing attraction in Tomorrowland — the theme park depicting the future. It was the first single–rail transportation system in North America, and though Walt Disney envisioned it as having practical use, many initially typecast the monorail as a ride rather than a viable way of getting around. The 3D Express Coach, a bus designed by a China–based company to move above traffic, is conjuring a similar reaction. Dubbed the "Straddling Bus" by North American media, it looks as futuristic as the monorail must once have, and has experts similarly questioning its functionality while praising its innovation. Continue reading...