Tokyo – The Asa Coast Railway Company recently introduced a Dual Mode Vehicle (DMV).
The vehicle in appearance does look like a bus in general, it’s just that on the front and rear there are steel wheels that can make it run on the train tracks.
Reporting from the Reuters page, it took about 15 seconds to remove the steel wheels from the bottom of the bus.
This vehicle carries a design like a classic school bus.
According to Asa Coast Railway, the bus is equipped with a diesel engine.
Unfortunately it is not stated how many cylinders and engine capacity are used. It’s just that they argue that the bus is capable of going up to 60 km/hour when used on rails and more than 100 km/hour on paved roads or in bus mode.
This DMV vehicle will later serve routes from the city of Tokushima to Kochi, Shikoku, and several other small cities.
Shigeki Miura, CEO of Asa Coast Railway, said the DMV was there to make it easier for the elderly to travel and as public transportation in small towns.
“In Japan there are many elderly people who find it difficult to take public transportation. We hope that this vehicle can become a very friendly means of transportation for the elderly in small towns,” he said.
“We’ve been preparing for this for 10 years, and it’s really very emotional for me and the team,” concluded Shigeki.
This diesel-engined bus is capable of carrying up to 21 passengers in one way. To differentiate routes, DMV vehicles are given three different exterior colors, such as blue, red, and green.
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