China's New Elevated Bus Straddles Traffic and It's Amazing
Oh damn, look at it go!
The TEB-1 is 22 meters (about 72 feet) long, about 25.5 feet wide, about 16 feet tall, capacity for about 300 passengers and underside clearance of about 7 feet (most cars are in the 5- to 6-foot high range).
The TEB-1 made its test run in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, about 180 miles east of Beijing.
According to Xinhua Net, the TEB-1 model has already garnered government interest in Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.
A bus that can straddle lanes of traffic via rails installed on the street could be a good solution to China's notorious traffic jams. Because even though what's basically a moving, undulating tunnel sounds like a scary prospect for navigating a traffic jam, it certainly beats the alternative: