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Dual Mode Vehicle – aka the little yellow train bus


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The Dual Mode Vehicle is a cute little bus which also doubles up as a train. It uses a quarter of the diesel of a conventional bus, carries 25 people and takes less than 15 seconds to convert between rail and road via a nifty hydraulic system. Having spent a week travelling on the fab Portland tram/train system which moves from suburban to urban transportation without a hitch, I’m thinking this is pretty cool tech.

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 Combing the versatility of a bus with the speed of a train has allowed Japan Rail to tailor routes and services to the communities it serves. Rather than scuttling service on under-utilized lines, Japan Rail has simply switched to smaller vehicles…Dual-mode vehicles would be a great addition to America’s mass transit infrastructure. It would make rail transit feasible in those areas that don’t have the population density to support a lot of stations, and make mass transit a more viable option for exurbs. Riders could simply hop on at a bus stop in their neighborhood, then ride the rails to their destination.

 Dual Mode Vehicle   aka the little yellow train bus

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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