Futuristic Chinese bus concept aims to beat traffic jams
01 June 2016
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) or the ‘straddling bus’, designed by Youzhou Song, would arc over two lanes of traffic and carry up to 1200 passengers.
The ‘three dimensional fast bus’ is a new way of urban traffic road space reuse and solves urban traffic congestion, air pollution and energy consumption of public transport.
The bus would either run on embedded rails on both sides of the street or follow painted guide lines. Electrically powered, it will travel at approximately 30mph. The idea is that it would travel across two lanes of traffic while leaving smaller vehicles free to drive underneath it.
According to designers, the cost of construction is less than one-fifth of building a subway and can be completed within one year. Youzhou Song has estimated that the new design could replace 40 buses.
The concept was demonstrated at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo and the bus is currently under construction with testing to begin in Qunihuangdao City this summer.
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Video courtesy of YouTube/New China TV.