Madrid City in Spain is planning to plant gardens on the rooftop of the city’s buses and bus stops. The authorities in the Spanish capital have come up with the proposals as a novel way of tackling CO2 emissions and also to soak up heat, noise and pollution.
The buses will be able to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h without damaging the plants and need minimum irrigation to keep the garden healthy.
A garden on a bus rooftop will cost 2,500 Euros (£2,100 or $3600). Those on the top of bus shelters will be rather cheaper. A pilot project will be trailed on two routes in Madrid – no 27 and 34 – which were used by 17 million people last year and the city’s busiest zones.
Each travelling garden will be built from metallic meshes and sustainable materials that can withstand movement and not leak water. The project, named “Muévete en verde”, is a part of six proposals to transform the Spanish capital into a green example for the world.
However, Madrid isn’t the first to come up with such an idea. The idea of sustainable, eco-friendly busses was first introduced in 2010 by Marco Castro Cosio, a U.S.-based designer. He named his project “Bus Roots”, and saidit aimed to reconnect urban communities with nature. Catalan landscape artist Marc Grañén had also designed similar busses in the Spanish city of Girona in 2013.
A year later, a public bus with a mini garden on its roof hit the road in Istanbul as part of a Project by the Istanbul Electrics, Trams and Tunnel Management (İETT).
The bus – dubbed the “Botobüs,” a combination made up from the words “botanic” and “bus” – started operations between Edirnekapı and Taksim in 2014.