The Future of Public Transport

With fossil fuels running out, there is more talk of eco-friendly forms of transport. We have found this great infographic by EU Infrastructure on

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Driveless Pods

A four seater vehicle that runs along a guide way. There will be no timetable, so it is more likely to run like a taxi service than a bus service, with the advantage of bypassing current traffic congestion at speeds of up to 32km.
Example: Heathrow Airport, Londan
Positives:Uses a quarter of energy per passenger per 1.6km of a car.

Sky Tran

Computer controlled, personal sized vehicles that ride on guide ways built above ground. They will run like a non stop freeway with designated exits and entrances into Sky Tran stations.
Speed: 160km in cities
Negatives: It will cost apporx $10million per 1.6km of track

Electric Bicycles

In an attempt to solve the problem of increasingly congested streets, the electric bike combines the convenience and simplicity of riding a bike with electric power thereby increasing the speed and ease at which you can travel.
Example: YikeBike

MagLev Trains

Using magnetic levitation, these trains are propelled forward at higher speeds than wheeled mass transit systems, with the potential to reach speeds of 6400km! Not only being much faster than the conventional trains, they will emit less C02 and be much quiter.
Example: Transrapid, Shanghai, China
Negatives: Incompatible with existing tracks


Similar to airport travelators, slidewalks will replace a high percantage of conventional pavements in major cities to allow passengers to travel at higher speeds than walking whilst reducing pedestrian congestion.
Example: Trottoir Roulant Rapide, Paris. Speed at 9km
Negatives: Expensive to implement


A 2 wheeled mode of transport running from electricity which allows you to travel at speeds of up to 20km along a pavement.
Negatives: It’s not classed as a bike and usually not allowed on roads

Backpack Helicopter

A backpack helicopter consists of strapping a helicopter motor and rotor to a persons back. It has been suggested it will function better than a jet pack which has not had many successful flights.
Negatives: A lot of testing and training will be required for use.


Making a comeback after 70 years from the Hindenburg disaster. Environmentalists are favouring this alternative to aeroplaces due to their low usage of fuel and the low altitudes of which it can fly.
Example: Zeppelin NT, Germany
Positives: Do not need a runway to take off.