China, a country infamous for its hellish traffic and inexperienced drivers, is thinking outside the box to solve its public transit woes. Re-introducting: the TEB.
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) is a homegrown invention in which bus passengers would ride above, while traffic slips conveniently underneath. It’s something that they’ve been kicking around for some time now and recently, at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, we saw a real honest-to-god mini model.
According to the engineer in charge of the project, each “bus” would have a carrying capacity of 1,200 people. Similar to a subway, it would cost five times less and take only a year to finish. Sounds awesome, where/when do we start?
Well, apparently in Hebei’s Qinhuangdao city in the second half of this year, if CCTV reports are to be believed.
To see the TEB in action, check out this Autoblog video:
And hear from the mastermind himself:
Admittedly, we have a few concerns about the project, namely everything. What say you?