China Test-Run first ever Elevated Transit Bus
The indefatigable Chinese people have done it again! The never give up energy of the Chinese people have just resulted yet again, in another novel innovation in the transportion sector. They have just success fully test run the first Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which was several years back an inconceivable idea. The run was done in the city of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. The bus has been termed the “straddling bus”; a phenomenon future of transportation.
China have been playing around with the idea for some time, however, the project generated renew crescendo around May 2016 when a mini model was unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. Few weeks after, developers surprised all by revealing that the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) would be ready for a test run in August.
The TEB glides smoothly above street level with normal traffic moving on underneath without any hitch. Engineers says it will be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers and travel at 60 kilometers per hour. Similar to a subway, it would cost five times less and take only a year to finish.
According to China Xinhua News, the test was carried out on Tuesday, with engineers from TEBtech, the company developing the bus, evaluating the aerodynamics, braking system and power usage. A few passengers were also allowed on the traffic-straddling bus, which is guided by rails built into existing roads.
The top speed is 37 mph. The TEB is approximately 26 feet long and 16 ft high and features a passenger compartment that is spacious and filled with natural light. It has the capacity to carry 300 passengers but potentially more as multiple TEBs can be linked. Taller vehicles such as buses and trucks won’t be able to pass underneath but these are already restricted from the centers of many Chinese cities, where the TEB is designed to operate.
TEBtech is hopeful of having the bus ready for deployment by the end of the year. It’s already attracted the interest of transport departments from other countries including Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.