2 June 2016
To save a lot of road space and overcome the notorious China Traffic, a Beijing company has revealed enormous ultramodern designs for an elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams in the country.
Plans for the bus which is known as Transit Explore Bus, TEB were displayed early this month at a technology expo in Beijing.
The bus is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside. These legs will allow the TEB’s giant frame to glide high above the congestion at speeds of up to 60km per hour.
In the same vein, vehicles that are less than two meters high will be able to drive without restrictions beneath the bus, even when it is motionless.
According to the project’s chief engineer and designer, Song Youzho, the biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space.
He also told China’s official news agency that the buses are capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters at once and could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple.
One TEB could replace 40 conventional buses, he added. A prototype will be deployed on the streets of Qinhuangdao, a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing, this summer.
The project is largely anticipated by many Chinese citizens.