China’s ‘straddling bus’ hits its final roadblock
China / June 23, 2017

It seemed like a glimpse into the city of tomorrow – but China’s “straddling bus” was riddled by doubts early on and now is headed for the scrap yard. The futuristic idea was a bus that would drive above traffic, allowing other commuter cars to pass underneath. The project was announced last summer to much acclaim but soon ran into feasibility and investment problems. Many of China’s cities suffer from chronic traffic congestion so there’s a strong hunger for ingenious solutions. The project faced strong headwinds from the very beginning and according to Chinese media, the test site is now being demolished entirely. Reports are saying that workers have already begun dismantling and removing the test track in Qinhuangdao. Image captionThe TEB was to zoom above traffic, elevated 2 meters above the daily gridlock The idea of a traffic-straddling bus first appeared in China in 2010, but it didn’t make much impact until the model was presented at the 2016 Beijing International High-Tech Expo. The so-called Transit Elevated Bus was touted as a revolution in public ground transportation, able to glide over traffic, literally lifting commuters from the daily grind of being stuck in their cars for hours. Yet only…