Honk for a Solution!
Green buses? What are those? Green buses have plants on the roof. They help to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air. The project called Bus Roots is helping the environment by soaking up some heat. Marco Antonio of New York City started the Bus Roots Project. BioBus is the first working green bus in New York City. In the past ten months, the BioBus has spread to Columbus, Ohio, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Indiana, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and New Jersey. This quote was written by David Sunfellow on Nine Pulse blog.
By having plants on the top of all these buses, New York is creating more oxygen for the city. The plants are also absorbing CO2, which is the cause of global warming. It may not make a huge difference now, but it’s a step in the right direction.
On the other hand, when you put plants on the roof, the buses become less aerodynamic. The plants also make them heavier and they burn more fuel. I think that the BusRoots project was a great idea to add some life and beauty to a city, but I am not sure if the idea should be taken up all over the country. There are a few things I worry about though. Having the plants on the top of the buses might also make the buses easier to tip because of the weight. If the bus is top heavy, and goes to make a turn, it just might turn over. The buses navigate through blocks, so the turns are sharp. They could make a turn that the bus could’ve made without the plants, but with them, could the bus make the turn?
Would it not be easier to work on the efficiency of the busses that don’t have gardens on the roof? If the cities could figure out a way to make a bus run more efficiently, then there would be no need to worry about carrying the plants around. The buses are needed, so why not make them the kick-off to a better environment?