It’s the big problem in Urban planning: public transit vs private transit. Subways are prohibitively expensive compared with buses, but buses slow down road traffic, getting stuck themselves. In the city of Qinhuangdao, China, they went ahead and tested a new form of transit; the elevated bus.
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Combining the freedoms of the subway with the cost of a bus, the electric Transit Elevated Bus straddles the road from above, letting traffic travel underneath unaffected. The bus can hold about 300 passengers, spans two lanes, and sits 6 1/2 feet above the road –
letting the elevated Bus move 60 km/h (30 mph) above the gridlock below it.
There are concerns about the infrastructure requirements and a minimal height for trucks and other road traffic, but if the pilot project is successful, these elevated buses might help decongest traffic in China and abroad.
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