China Actually Built An Elevated Bus
Meet, Straddling bus was held up as a solution to China’s notorious traffic problems,but how insane anyone would have to be to actually drive underneath.
The Chinese company that designed the bus has actually build one. According to China’s Xinhua News, the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus, took its first test ride Tuesday in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, in the Hebei province.
It is 72 feet long 25 feet wide, as well as beaming passengers gazing out the window. It’s roughly 16 feet tall, and offers about 7 feet of space underneath for cars to travel through. The bus, which can carry up to 300 passengers, rides along tracks embedded in the street.
Song Youzhou, the designer of the bus, says prototypes are being constructed, and that five cities — Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin and Zhoukou — have signed contracts with his TEB Technology Development Company for pilot projects.
The prototype that was launched in Qinhuangdao this week will hopefully help answer some of those concerns about the traffic accidents it will cause when it will start eating cars in the city.