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Friday, August 5, 2016

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When it comes to improving transportation infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion is often a top consideration.

Public transportation options are often touted as one way to take excess vehicular traffic off the roads, but in areas where congestion is prevalent, even mass transit vehicles get stuck in gridlock.

But maybe not for long. A prototype of an elevated bus that can literally drive over automotive traffic is being tested in China.

Sharing the Road

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), developed by TebTechnology Ltd. (with offices in Toronto and Beijing), took its first trial run Tuesday (Aug. 2) on the road in Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei Province.

TebTechnology Ltd. performed the first road test of its Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), intended to help relieve traffic congestion by allowing mass transit and personal vehicles share the same stretch of road simultaneously.

The TEB is a 72-foot-long by 25-foot-wide bus that is hollow underneath and has the potential to carry up to 1,200 passengers, architectural website ArchDaily reported. A single car, such as that used in Tuesday’s test run, can hold 300 passengers; in service, four compartments are likely to be linked together.

The passenger compartment spans two traffic lanes and sits high enough above the road surface that vehicles up to about 6.5 feet tall, either sitting still or in motion, can easily pass underneath, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

The TEB will travel on dedicated tracks, just like a traditional subway train system and is expected to reach speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

During the testing phase, the bus is limited to a nearly 1,000-foot length of track. There, the braking system, drag and power consumption will be evaluated.

Cost Efficient, Environmentally Friendly

While the TEB functions much the way a subway does when it comes to travel and transporting large numbers of commuters, TebTechnology officials say it will do so at just 16 percent of the cost of installing a new subway or elevated train line. Construction time reportedly would be much shorter as well.

The passenger compartment spans two traffic lanes and sits high enough above the road surface that vehicles up to about 6.5 feet tall can easily pass underneath. Each compartment of the electric-powered bus can hold up to 300 passengers.

Moreover, they tout the TEB as an environmentally friendly transport option, as it is powered by electricity and has the carrying capacity to replace about 40 conventional buses.

Despite the TEB still being in its earliest phases of testing, it has already garnered global interest from countries including Brazil, France, India and Indonesia, sources said.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Infrastructure; Latin America; Mass transit; North America; Program/Project Management; Public Transit; Rail; Transportation

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