The 6 most unique types of public transportation around the world, from Coco Taxis to converted World War II jeeps

Coco Taxi, Cuba

  • People around the world use interesting forms of public
    transportation that span beyond the typical public bus or
    subway.
  • From wooden toboggans to subway trains held up by magnets,
    these 6 types of transit run the gamut of technology and
    creativity.
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Every day, people around the world get from point A to point B
using unique methods of transportation that differ from the
traditional bus and subway.

Some, such as the norry, are low-tech solutions created from a
need for cheap access to transportation. Others, such as the
high-tech maglev train, have been considered scientific
breakthroughs.

Here are six of the most unique forms of transportation around
the world, from Portugal to Cambodia.

Coco Taxis in Cuba


Coco Taxis
have been a popular mode of transportation for
tourists visiting Cuba since the 1990s. The taxis are made from
fiberglass shells and seats welded onto Piaggio scooters and they
get their name from their bright yellow, coconut-shaped shells.
They can be found in major Cuban cities like Havana, Veradero, and
Trinidad.

Source: Coco Taxi

Jeepneys in the Philippines

Jeepneys are considered a symbol of Filipino culture. These
bus-like transports were made out of Willy Jeeps that were left by
the United States after World War II in the early 1950s. The jeeps
were lengthened to fit more seats, topped with a roof, and painted
colorfully. The unique, individual paint jobs adorning these
jeepneys have attracted designers like Christian Louboutin, who
released tote bags inspired by the vehicle in 2018.

Over the past few years, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
has been trying to phase out Jeepneys despite protests from the
drivers and low-income citizens. President Duterte hopes to replace
the Jeepneys with more eco-friendly, modernized vehicles that more
closely resemble a bus than a Jeepney. This change is intended to
reduce pollution, increase safety, and make public transportation
more accessible.

Source:
The New York Times
,
Lonely Planet
,
Culture Trip

The Schwebebahn in Germany

The next time you’re in Wuppertal, Germany, take a ride on the
Schwebebahn suspension railway that snakes above the city and the
Wupper tributary. The iconic monorail began operation in 1901 and
is now being used by about 85,000 passengers daily.

The railway is also famous for a 1950 incident involving the
circus elephant named Tuffi. The circus elephant rode the monorail
as part of an advertising stunt but threw a fit and fell out a
window, surviving a 39-feet fall into the river.

Source:
Wuppertal.de

Norry in Cambodia

These bamboo “trains” consists of an engine and a 6-foot by
10-foot bamboo board that sits on top of two axles with welded-on
wheels. A wooden pole serves as the brakes and accelerator. The
simplicity of the norry is important because they ride on a single
track, which means norry drivers and passengers need to dismantle
their carriages to allow each other to pass if two of them meet
head-on. Because the bamboo plank is stacked on the axles and
wheels, as opposed to being drilled together, dismantling only
takes a minute, making it a convenient but semi-dangerous form of
transportation.

Source:
Slate
,
Culture Trip

Maglev

Magnets replace the traditional steel wheels and tracks on the
Maglev train in Shanghai. The train levitates above the tracks
using magnetic levitation (maglev) technology, and the lack of
wheels and engines means the train is frictionless, allowing it to
reach 267 mph. This environmentally-friendly train is quiet, uses
less energy than normal trains, and still functions well under
inclement weather because of the lack of moving parts.

Maglev trains are also functioning in South Korea’s Incheon
Airport and on the Linimo line in Japan.

Source:
How Stuff Works
,
CNTravel
,
Planet Forward

Monte Toboggans in Portugal

The toboggan consists of a wicker sledge that sits on wooden
sledges controlled by two human drivers. The drivers serve as the
brakes, accelerator, and steering wheel. These sleds can reach up
to 30 mph and were once a common form of public transit to get down
the hill from Monte to Funchal. Now, they’re more of a tourist
attraction.

Source:
Maderia Web,
Matador
Network

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
The 6 most unique types of public transportation around the world, from Coco Taxis to converted World War II jeeps