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China builds an elevated bus that straddles traffic


China has come up with a strange solution for its notorious traffic problems: an elevated bus that straddles lanes. It is a 72 feet long and 25 feet wide vehicle that runs on rails, like a tramway. Its elevated cabin can accommodate some three hundred passengers. Like a moving tunnel, it allows passenger cars to circulate beneath it. As far as traffic solutions is original, if still an unknown quantity and aesthetically questionable. To the untrained eye, it looks like a Godzilla-like contraption eating up cars. It would surely help mitigate traffic. More importantly, as it operates on tracks without hindering the circulation of other traffic, the TEB, or “Traffic Elevated Bus,” will make great strides towards timely schedules. It remains to be seen, however, if the chaotic growth of automobile traffic in Beijing, Shanghai, and elsewhere can become more manageable thanks to mechanical monsters of this sort. There will surely be many eyes trained on it. Commute is one of the most intractable problems of urban areas.

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