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Old 08-16-2012
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They asked the question, "For $10 million, why not buy a helicopter?" -- and the answer is, weather. I suspect that the land-based superbus can operate (even if at reduced speed) when conditions would ground an aircraft ... and, if there's a mechanical problem, you're not going to crash to the ground.

But the limited range (about 45 minutes at top speed) is a problem. It would seem more practical if it had an external power source -- San Francisco has used electric "trolly coaches" for years -- very efficient, relatively quiet, jerky ride as power comes on/off. I doubt the technology of the trolly system would work at speeds in excess of 50-60 mph ... but a 150 mph trolly bus might be cost competitive with the high-speed rail systems that are proposed.

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