China’s new bullet train won’t stop for passengers, but nobody in China’s wheelchair-bound community is complaining. Take that, Japan.
No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time. If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!
Kai here. For those of you in China without a proxy or VPN, I found the video on Youku which includes an introduction by the designer Chen Jianjun dating back to April 2007. You can skip to 0:28 to view the animation of the concept. At 2:56, there’s a recorded “Win In China” show segment featuring the designer demonstrating the concept with a physical model. Here it is:
Not really part of our regular china/divide programming but I agree with DeNoble that its nifty enough to share. — Kai