Beijing, like most major metropolitan areas, has a problem with traffic. For a time, Chinese officials thought they had been sent a solution to gridlock in the form of a futuristic-looking urban conveyance dubbed the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB-1).While not technically a bus at all, the vehicle acts as more like a catamaran on rails, moving a few hundred people over traffic as a colossal trolley. The concept for the TEB has been in existence since the late 1960s, however, no country had ever bothered to build one before China — and for good reason.After sitting in development hell for most of the decade, a prototype was deployed last August and tested near Beijing in the industrial area of Qinhuangdao. It technically worked but seeing the TEB at full-scale helped to highlight some of the criticisms many had been prodding Huaying Kailai, the company behind the project, with since its earliest scale models. Even a cursory consideration of the TEB should have caused government officials to wonder how it could possibly cope with a clogged intersection, pedestrian overpasses, turning, or overtaking vehicles of above average height.While some did raise those sorts of questions, it wasn’t enough to keep the cities of Shijiazhuang and Wuhu from applying for financing to… Read full this story
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