Sustainable Transport: China Unveils ‘Straddling’ Bus to Beat Traffic Jams

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At a technology expo in the Chinese capital earlier in May 2016, a Beijing company unveiled a proposed design for a pollution- bursting elevated bus that will tackle traffic jams in urban China.

The idea is for the vehicle to float above clogged-up streets on its two legs along rails laid along the roadside. Those legs will allow the vehicle, known as the Transit Explore Bus or TEB with its gigantic frame, glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour.

Vehicles that are less than two meters high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary.

According to Song Youzhou, the Project’s Engineer, “The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space.”

The engineer also claims that the bus is capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters and could be produced for20% 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.

Sustainability in transportation is measured, to a large extent by its system effectiveness and efficiency in terms of its environmental and climate impacts as well as other factors.

This summer, a prototype of the bus will reportedly be deployed on the streets of the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, east of Beijing.
Imagine such a bus in the city of Lagos, Nigeria where traffic jams, popularly called ‘hold-up’ are widely known as part of tourist attraction.

Although brows have been raised on the feasibility of the project since an earlier version had been showcased by the same designer, China awaits the innovation in anticipation.

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