Gardens on top of buses

Snapshot from ST

When I read this article about plants on top of buses, my immediate reaction was – what a bad idea. It will never work. It will take too much maintenence.

My common sense tells me that a better idea is to put solar panel on top of the buses. To keep the bus cool, it should be possible to have a cushion of air below the solar panel and the top of the buses. This works like a cladding to an office building.

Anyway, this is an experiment. Most of the funds are provided by govt agencies. They do have a lot of money to spend. So, if they wish to carry out this experiment, go ahead. Maybe, they can prove me wrong.

My bet is that a few years down the road, we will have solar panels on top of buses.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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39 Responses to “Gardens on top of buses”

  • LIONS:

    Ya,lousy idea.
    Actually stooooopid idea.

    Might as well,plant grass on top ministers’ cars so we can easily spot them n see if they are working???

    Just like digging in between old big trees to squeeze in a few smaller ones just to fulfill certain international requirements?

    So many fallen trees already as old trees probabky have their roots dugged anyhow?
    Stoopid like alk other public practices n public policy practices.

    Scholars better go back to SCHOOL,ya, SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS before they screw up even more.
    H$K is so so but KEE CHIU,disastrous!

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  • I like lyCHEE, hate LOONGan:

    Don’t you know our govt loves to create high-maintenance work? Eg. Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Gardens By The Bay, Jewels, etc. They have to create more of this kind of job for the foreigners (so that they can give the excuse that locals shun these jobs), otherwise how are they going to meet their 10M population target?

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  • N.Jungne:

    They should plant Jelutong and Tembusus on top of the buses, for educational purpose.

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  • Stupid idea:

    Garden on top of buses increases the weight carried by a bus causing it to consume more diesel fuel.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    The idea is to save energy by reducing the heat inside the bus, but what about the load of those soil and plants which the buses need to carry every trip? Unless the bus company is able to make some money from the plant!

    Solar panels can be used for the air-con and lights but still, the panels are heavy, so there is no saving or very little saving on fuel.

    Another way to reduce heat is to use a refractive cover on the roof like a space station.

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  • stupid does as stupid is:

    after that they might tell us all these research and development projects cost lots of money.
    hence its justifiable to raise bus bus fares again.
    i wont be surprised! crafty weasels!

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  • Sarlum:

    Plant various fruits trees.eg banana

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  • HarderTruths:

    Brilliant idea to get more money for bus maintenance and then use fake grass.

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  • Keyboard Scholar:

    Another idiotic idea fron G scholars that live in ivory tower.
    Shenzen, pop 12 million, runs 100% electric buses–total 16,000–since 2016.
    That is what green-ing is about.

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  • Idea gd:

    Camo all public transport.like army

    Style.tobe 1st moving garden in world.

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  • rukidding:

    $$$ makes the world go round !

    We used to laugh at the Malaysians politicians back then…..

    Now, it looks like our politicians are also beginning to “behave” like them ?

    Bo pian,…have to “feed” those cronies indeed !

    The “roots” have become “so big and deeply entrenched ” that its becoming “too obvious” and “hard to find decent food” to “feed” them,…thus now need to “find creative” ways ( excuses )

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  • Nets:

    Bus drivers don monkey suit.

    The if plant banana on top bus

    Can climb up take.

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  • Asd:

    Lol… got see TV boh… so much air time coverage of this useless shit…

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  • Legendary吾爽Woo Soong:

    Aiya, no more grand ideas to come up with to con own company (by engaging kakilang/assoc/crony companies to win such ‘gardening’ contracts – without tender, of course, or through tenders rigged and then profit from huge kbs) so look around and found many contacts in the green industry who are more than malleable to one’s own will.

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  • Stupiak & Sillypore:

    Solar panels good idea. Can use solar energy to keep buses running. But then when it rains the buses will stop. People will complain.

    I propose a more ridiculous idea. Instead on gardens, let people use the top as a sunning deck. So motorists can see girls in bikinis or hunks in trunks – whatever their preference. It would reduce the Peeping Tom cases in universities, don’t cha think? Gimme my $5 WITS reward!

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  • Economy increase billions:

    We ran out of ideas how to create new jobs and employments, and we needed more of these ideas to stir the economy.. otherwise the million dollars paid to a minister is deemed wasted money. No big fishes, small ikan bills also can.. we are thoughts leaders … for the world to emulate.. Singapore is so clever to be the first… they should plant it on the jewel..

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Durian tree on bus. Then can export. Try bean sprout, bak choy also. Self sufficient in vegetables.

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  • Flabbergasted:

    they have too much money to spend, why not reduce fares?

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  • Ah Ha:

    I’d be much more interested in seeing zebra crossings, traffic lights and speed bumps installed in all the town parks to try to relieve the stress of walking in the park without having to worry about the Tour de France and Moto Gran Pre combined. Maybe even have a law so they have whistles which blow like a siren when they exceed the “supposed,” speed limit, they could have different sounds so it could be harmonious and scare all wildlife away while telling the walker, get out of our way!

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  • dirty muddy buses:

    this go green idea is destined to fail.

    what is going to happen during and after a heavy downpour?

    what will tourists think? SG and its people are stupid?

    dirty muddy public buses after the rain.

    depot cleaning crews, now cleaners cum gardeners?

    knnbccb singapore a smart and clever nation.

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  • LIONS:

    Eh,i got a better idea.
    Plant grass on top of ministers’ head?
    Place a head-gear planted with grass n let these ministers wear these *grass-hats*.

    So that they can be reminded their stupid policies have made poor sgs *chiak chow*(eat grass cos no money).

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  • then water wasting also ?:

    useless ‘green’ idea and also money and time wasting. must water the green or not ? if yes, then water wasting also ?

    sinkie land has slaughtered so much green for real estate development and now petend petend (as usual) to give some wayang visibility & publicity (more on propaganda) on such green initiatives.

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  • Not a botanist but:

    If the soil or plant catches a virus/disease, won’t it spread along the route as it travels?

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  • TKL too free:

    Many years down the road, TKL will still not be elected, or buses have solared panel installed.

    TKL knows nothing on the pay-back period, conversion efficiency, capital and maintenance costs. I challenge him to provide these basis to support his idea, so that in the midst of it, he can be waken up.

    TKL is going downhill. Maybe he should stop to reflect what direction he heading.

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  • like some mega projects:

    //TKL knows nothing on the pay-back period, conversion efficiency, capital and maintenance costs. I challenge him to provide these basis to support his idea, so that in the midst of it, he can be waken up.//

    putting TKL aside. if sinkie land white idiots want to have such project (solar system ?), it will be done lar.

    tokking about pay-back period (like some mega projects), daft sinkies will be ‘asked’ to help finance lar (aka being taxed and rent-sought) – for example the name of helping the poor and saving water lar ? how much did a rubbish bin cost hor ?

    caveat hor : opinion lar not fact lar.

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  • pap has the mandate:

    Share this piece of news around the world and let the world laugh at this so called “Smart”Nation…..LOL

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  • C’est la vie:

    *****
    Expanding on the “garden city” theme of the “dead one”, perhaps !!!

    Whether it’s eco-friendly, energy efficiency/conservancy or botanic balderdash, … SG is at least assured of infamy !!!

    HahahaHahaha !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • TCSS:

    @like some mega projects;

    Pay-back is a method of addressing the viability of any ideas, big or small. If it can’t even works on paper, then please daydream yourself. Any venture capitalise or commercial entities won’t be wasting time hearing ideas especially coffee shop talk-co*cks from TKL. At least must be able to back-up or support what you talk but not talk co*ck sing song and expect audience lah..

    TKL could be looking for gov startup funding schemes or the Angel investing networks etc.. but his only resource is TRE, as we all know lah.

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  • William C:

    I seen a lot of double decker buses used as feeder buses. Most of the time I see the upper deck are empty. Even after 9pm, not much passengers. 11pm worst, I ever seen 1 passenger alone

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  • Bapak:

    Two better ideas.

    1) Durian trees on top of bus. Guarantee good busy, a kot of durian lovers here. Eat from Interchange to interchange. Drivers hunger just stop at roadside & climb to the top & enjoy.

    2) They should pass a law to enforce all umbrella to have gardens on top. Cooler for users.

    STUPIAK.

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  • Pity the drivers:

    If any damage arises to the bus or other vehicles due to the soil spillage, the blame will be on the bus captain first and he will be dismissed with his family having no one to rely on bread-winning as a driver. Sad vicious cycle to experiment on the helpless ‘guinea pigs’ of the lower social strata while those on top get all the glamour.
    Next time they can consider to plant a mini zoo or jungle on top of each bus even better as it supplement the Garden City theme. What a world in Singapore…

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  • nihon:

    what a joke!

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  • good upside but min downside:

    //Pay-back is a method of addressing the viability of any ideas, big or small. If it can’t even works on paper, then please daydream yourself. Any venture capitalise or commercial entities won’t be wasting time hearing ideas especially coffee shop talk-co*cks from TKL//

    aiyoh. yes and no depending where you stand with TKL (or conversely the white monkey idiots for any project) ???

    private enterprises will know how to ensure that the risks (if something goes bad) of their ventures are farmed out to ‘suckers’ (so-called investors like e.g High Fluct ????) and those individuals (alpha management staff ?) will still be personally rich lar – good upside but min downside ???

    wherease white idiotic projects, the risks are farmed out to so-called taxpayers (partial or fully) lar ? 800k rubbish bin (what is the pay back leh) where perhaps an expensive one would suffice ? also like our steadyium where the good old one could seat more than 40k people and could still have nehzional parate carried out there ?

    besides, as for viability of any ideas to get the project going, figures (revenue / cost or any other variables in spreadsheet) can be played (tweaked) around in air-con environmental comfort until it satisfies pay-back lar with final override (suddenly matrix of pay-back no longer matters leh ???) from alpha guys to go or not go ahead with the project lar ?

    besides, if things turn unfavorable in the future, can always claim (can commission the service the scholars who can write better than perhaps their actual performance if they were to run their own businesses themselves) that future conditions are unforeseen to mess up the viability leh ?

    caveat : opinion lar.

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  • to ferry those stuck:

    //I seen a lot of double decker buses used as feeder buses. Most of the time I see the upper deck are empty. Even after 9pm, not much passengers. 11pm worst, I ever seen 1 passenger alone//

    maybe now many more buses to build allowance just in case of our regular breakdowns or maintenance work of the rail to ferry those stuck in between rail stations affected by these eventualities ?

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  • Hype Over Substance:

    With ideas like this, this country is in very deep shit.

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  • Gd camouflage for SAF vehicles:

    Good camouflage strategy for SAF vehicles or

    Non reflective solar panel mounted on top instead to save energy?

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  • Concerned:

    Gardens on buses sound expensive and
    destructive to the metallic buses. They
    will need, money, time and work to maintain.

    FAR better to leave the gardens on the
    ground! Then they can serve as peaceful
    spots to relax in and places for wildlife
    to hang out.

    So, PLEASE, stop removing our forests and
    always building on those grassy areas where
    friends and family can gather.

    While its always good to dream, let’s be
    practical and sensible.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Hmmm….maybe solar panels on top of our HDB? Can we lower our power bills with such installed?

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  • Mamicocopants:

    I think shaving head half bald

    Better attraction.!

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