Taiwanese inventor Peng Yu-Lun believes that trains are more energy inefficient than they have to be, hobbled ecologically by the totally unnecessary task of having to stop to pick up passengers. To counter the problem, he has invented a concept for a constantly moving train, or a "non-stop MRT system."
Giddily, I imagined Japanese train pushers hurling people off of overpasses into huge nets, but his idea is even more ingenious: a top-mounted boarding shuttle that is scooped up when the train passes one station and automatically deposited when it reaches the next stop.
It's a wonderful idea in concept — this sort of solution could potentially eliminate most train and subway delays — but what happens when some carousing subway roughs stand in the doorway of the passenger vehicle, preventing it from closing, while the rest of the shuttlecraft's passengers respond the only way they know how: with a co-ordinated attack of passive aggressive annoyance? And those shuttle crafts would have to be pretty big (and the trains even bigger) to accommodate Tokyo or New York City platform crowds.
Inventor rolls out efficient non-stop train system [Taiwan Headlines via DVICE]