A bus that drives over cars? This is a real idea folks, courtesy of engineers in where else but China, where traffic is a complete nightmare.
They’ve come up with a thing dubbed the Transit Elevated Bus that glides over traffic. (An earlier version was unveiled in 2010.)
It doesn’t resemble a traditional bus in the least. It’s a futuristic-looking contraption powered by electricity and designed to run on a track above the street. Each vehicle fits 1,200 passengers.
The whole idea is to combat gridlock in places like Shanghai and Beijing. (Can you imagine one of these things on the 405 in LA, highway 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere in Houston, which is home the most congested roads in Texas.)
The latest version was unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo last weekend. The engineers who came up with the idea say the TEB is both cheaper and easier to build than say, an underground subway, because of it’s relatively simple infrastructure. The price tag for each bus would come to about $4.5 million U.S. dollars.
“With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth of the subway. Its construction can be finished in one year,” said Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the TEB project.
A trial TEB service is scheduled to kick off in the second half of this year in China.