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A wonderful way to change the landscape, no more ugly tarmac, instead rail tracks with nice grass. There is no reason why small flowers couldn't also be used. Hopefully they don't have to worry about animals such as rabbits or cows seeing it as a food source.

Although itís certainly not a new idea to combine landscaping with public transportation, its wonderful to see these European trams gliding along on beds of grass.

From Barcelona to the Czech Republic, Frankfurt, St-Etienne and Strasbourg, these public transit greenways are showing the potential of incorporating landscaping into good urban design.

Much like green roofs, these swaths of green provide a host of benefits to any urban area, like reducing urban heat island effect, providing a permeable surface for storm water to infiltrate, and reducing pollution. And did we mention that it looks so much prettier than concrete or asphalt? We wish the public transportation in the US looked this good.

Many more pictures on the link
 http://www.inhabitat.com/20...

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By netchicken: posted on 28-1-2009








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