Trains and subways are often superior public transit options for commuters since they're not at the mercy of street traffic, and yet are harder for cities to implement because building new tracks and stations is a lengthy and expensive process. Well, now there's a bus in China that avoids traffic by literally driving over it.
The Transit Elevated Bus was presented at an expo in May, and took its first test run this week in the seaside city of Qinhuangdao in northern China. At 72 feet long, 26 feet wide, and 16 feet high, the mammoth vehicle glides on tracks on the outside edge of the road as cars pass through the six-foot clearance underneath.
While the bus is certainly a feat of engineering, it also raises some practicality issues, including how does it navigate turns, what about trucks that are too tall to fit underneath, what about bridges and tunnels, to name a few.
The makers plan a larger test run next year in central China.
- China's Straddling Bus, on a Test Run, Floats Above the Streets | New York Times