Civil Engineering Concept – The Road Straddling “Fast Bus”
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I am a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan. I’m a Phitin’ Phillie Phan during baseball season, I bleed green during football season, and I bleed orange during hockey season (and if the Sixers could give me an inkling of hope…anywhere…I would bleed for them as well!). I am blessed with a wonderful wife who is pretty patient with me when it comes to watching the games on TV, especially the Phillies since every game is on TV – not that I watch every game, but I watch enough to admit that I may get in trouble in other homes. In any event, a couple of times a year I score some tickets to head into Philly to watch a game or two. A few weeks ago was one of those times. Under normal circumstances, during non-rush hour times, I can make it down to the Philadelphia sports complex in about fifty minutes. During rush hour I would give myself an hour-and-a-half just to be safe. This would give me enough time to enjoy a few cold one’s at McFadden’s before hand, or enjoy some crab fries from Chickie & Pete’s. Well, two weeks ago I left at 4PM for a 7:05PM game where Roy Halladay would be vying for his 20th win of the season…plenty of time to sip a few suds and grab a bite to eat before game time, right? As it turns out, from 4PM – 6:30PM I had the following view:
Now, at the end of the day, after parking and walking to my seats I was able to grab a beer and a kielbasa sandwich from Bull’s BBQ in time to see Halladay’s first pitch on his way to his 20th victory of the season. It was all good.
Where am I going with all of this and what could this possibly have to do with civil engineering? Well, I would have much rather taken a 3D Fast Bus:
A DETAILED PRESENTATION (apx. 5 minutes):
90 SECOND VIDEO ONLY SIMULATION:
As U.S. cities continue to pursue funding and public support for light and high-speed rail services, Civil, Rail, and Transit Engineers in China continue to develop advanced concepts that will help alleviate congestion on our roads and make travel a much more enjoyable, less stressful experience. There is not a doubt in my mind that we will eventually get there ourselves, as not only do we have the some of the most creative and innovative engineers in the world, but we really do not have a whole lot of choice based upon the current state of our infrastructure and the needs of our society…I just wish a 3-D Bus was in place a couple of weeks ago!