The Futuristic Contraption that Stands to Eliminate Rush Hour Traffic!
By: Leila Glen
Last updated: 02 June 2016
China are known for their weird and wacky inventions, but we have to say, this one takes the biscuit; and we think it might just change the face of public transport forever.
The Transit Elevated Bus, unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo last Sunday, does pretty much what it says on the tin. With the capacity to hold 1,200, it soars above gridlocked cars on the massively congested roads of Beijing and Shanghai, and as a result gets its passengers to their destination in a fraction of the time.
With Beijing and Shanghai reaching record levels of congestion, and with these levels still rising, the Transit Elevated Bus could not have come at a better time. It has been suggested that the TEB could reduce traffic congestion in cities by as much as 30 per cent.
It runs on a rail track using electricity, so not only will it ease China’s increasing traffic problem but it will also benefit the environment by decreasing petrol use; the hope is that more of the city’s population will choose to leave their cars at home and jump on the TEB instead.
Here's a video of the Transit Elevated Bus in action:
So when will the TEB be coming into force?
A trial session is said to be scheduled for the latter part of this year in Qinhuangdao City, north China's Hebei Province. According to Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the project, the TEB’s “construction can be finished in one year.”
The main advantages of the so called ‘straddling bus’ is its ability to move over cars and under overpasses and bridges. Strengths of the innovation include:
- High capacity
- Saving road space
As well as being cheaper to construct - costing a fraction of the cost of a subway - the TEB will also be up and running in a much shorter time than it would take to build another subway, due to the relatively simplistic structural design. So next time you’re stuck in rush hour traffic just rise above it – after all it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be doing so - literally...
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