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The article seems to be a bit out of date. Trials were set to begin in 2010. It's now 2014. Did they in fact take place? Has one even been built? All I can find are artists of what it would look like if built. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:19, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Information on the Straddle bus seems abundant but most of it go about how "cool" the project would be. Sources are overly optimistic on the straddle bus' implementation, which seems very unrealistic; if those sources are correct then all of China would be connected by straddle buses right now. Matter of fact is, there are no (reliable) sources at all citing any actual implementation, not even a working concept. I found sources hinting the project might have technical difficulties though, but none of them accurately admit the nature of these problems. As it stands, we are left guessing.
All I can say though, and sadly this might be just an opinion: this project looks like it would be plagued by countless problems, and I estimate the likelyhood of it ever being implemented next to nothing. Just to name a few: from technical (what engine would provide enough power for such a large vehicle with 1200 passengers aboard? Third rail safety issues?) to structural (what if the straddling bus gets in an accident, and one of the two "stilts" collapse?) and from practical(what if drivers underneath block the tracks? They might drive too close to the sides of the runway, uphold the intersections, or try switch lanes but not notice the straddling bus coming) to implemental (the bus is tall and may not be able to pass under some bridges or tunnels). Aside from that, all claimed benefits are debatable: installing the rails may cost as much as a comparable light-rail system (more when counting the vehicle cost and research costs), which could have all the benefits of the straddle bus and more when ran in an independant lane.
At second glance though, I think the straddle bus has only one true problem: that it is "just a concept" that somehow manages to catch all the media attention, and gains the image that it is actually a feasible concept, ignoring the fact that it is not only technologically incredibly difficult but also redunant in the sight of potential alternatives. The worst part? Not one reliable source online points this out. So, I suppose that means that we, as Wikipedia, can't give any objective information on these problems - that is, until we find those sources. Anyone want to help? T-Nod (talk) 22:16, 14 April 2015 (UTC)