“A model of a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) debuted at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, which concluded on Sunday.
“The TEB is a purely homegrown invention of China, with its passenger compartment sitting above other vehicles on the road below, allowing cars to pass underneath.
“The TEB is designed to increase the utilization of road space.
“With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth of the subway.
“Its construction can be finished in one year,” said Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the TEB project.
“Trial operations of such a bus will start in Qinhuangdao City, north China’s Hebei Province, in the second half of 2016.”
Latin America invented Bus Rapid Transit, initially in Curitiba, Brazil, followed up by BRT’s reinvention in Bogotá, Colombia.
Medellín, Colombia built upon prior art in using Ski Lift Gondolas as Public Transit lines, dubbed MetroCables, these go where buses could not navigate: into the Favelas.
Both BRT and MetroCables can provide Above-Ground Subway level passenger carrying capacity.
And while American Cities rush to re-embrace Streetcars and hop onto LRTs, The Chinese perhaps are leapfrogging us all with their new Transit Elevated Bus.