Fu­tur­is­tic bus is for tourism, not pub­lic transport

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The fu­tur­is­tic pub­lic bus TEB1 is just for tourism, and not for transport, lo­cal author­i­ties said in Qin­huang­dao, North China’s He­bei prov­ince, where the el­e­vated bus took its first road test on Aug 2.

The TEB-1 has been ad­ver­tised as a so­lu­tion to traf­fic con­ges­tion as its pas­sen­ger com­part­ment rises far above other ve­hi­cles on the road, al­low­ing cars to pass un­der­neath.

But it is over-weight for cur­rent roads, as it would re­port­edly weigh over 100 tons when fully loaded with 1,200 pas­sen­gers.

It’s also im­pos­si­ble for it to make a turn with its long car­riage. Al­most no cur­rent road junc­tions are vast enough for it to turn around safely.

It’s also hard for pas­sen­gers to es­cape from its el­e­vated car­riage in case of fire and other ac­ci­dents.

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