If you could invent a new mode of transport to lessen the traffic in Hong Kong, what would it be?

If you could invent a new mode of transport to lessen the traffic in Hong Kong, what would it be?

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Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post.Then readers vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win an iPad mini 4.

Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I would invent a train system in the sky and call it “The Skyline”. They would function just like trains on tracks, but the trains would be held in the air by cables connected to buildings. There would be stations on building rooftops where passengers board. The Skyline’s cabins would come in different sizes, with the biggest one able to hold up to 50 people. By having a new transports system in the sky, fewer people would travel on the roads and there would be less traffic.

Contestant 2

I hate being stuck in traffic. I would invent a new kind of MTR – which stands for Micro Transit Railway – that uses gamma ray technology.

The train would pass through a laser gate, and “BOOM!”, the train, along with the passengers in it, would shrink to a 10th of their size in a second. When they passed through the second gate at their destination, they would return to their normal size.

People would prefer travelling this way to travelling by bus or car, and traffic would no longer be an issue.

Contestant 3

I would invent a rechargeable flying skateboard. It would not exactly fly in the sky, but float a few centimetres off the ground using magnets. The government could create a separate magnetised foot path for the flying skateboards.

Each skateboard would have a little motor that would push them along the road, and riders could control the speed and direction of the board with their mobile phones. Its speed would be restricted to a maximum of 20km/h, because it would be dangerous for them to go any faster.

This would be convenient for short-distance travel, and would help to relieve the city’s traffic congestion.

Contestant 4

I would invent STVs, or Solo Transit Vehicles. They would be small, battery-powered, single-passenger pods that zoomed all around Hong Kong.

Gone would be the days of long waits for the bus, having to endure the stench of BO on the MTR in the summer, or near-death experiences on minibuses. At the press of a button, the nearest MTV would arrive at your precise location within 0.46289710891 seconds. Its thin, glass dome would allow you to enjoy the view of the city in a plush chair, equipped with a mini fridge filled with refreshing drinks and snacks. They would not only be comfortable to ride in, but would also protect you from the pollution and muffle the noise from the outside.

Contestant 5

I’d invent a climbing box. It would look like a phone kiosk with seats and seat belts, but would have big, strong legs underneath made of titanium and steel, that could stick to any surface and climb up walls. With these climbing boxes, people would be able to go from point A to point B without getting stuck in traffic. The box could take people wherever they wish, as long as there is a surface for it to climb on.

Contestant 6

Flying capsules. The roads are getting overcrowded so it is time we use the sky. The design of the capsule will be streamlined, and it will be powered by solar energy or water to prevent any sort of environmental pollution. The exterior would be covered with grass, so it would not hurt birds too much if they flew into it. Car parks would no longer be needed.

After using the capsule, you would simply press a button, and it would shrink small enough to fit into your palm. You could even attach it to your key chain!

Contestant 7

Straddling buses! I am aware that this wouldn’t exactly be a new invention, but if there’s something out there that works, why not use it everywhere? The elevated buses can easily pass other vehicles on the road and aren’t affected by traffic. If more people travel on these straddling buses there would be fewer people on the road.

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to reserves to decide the result.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda 

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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