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China Unveils Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) To Ease Road Congestion

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The Chinese Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) which is looks something like part train and part bus launched yesterday. Designed by a Chinese company, the test version is a mono carriage bus which is 22 metres long, 7.8 metres wide and 4.8 metres high and has and carry up to 300 passengers at once. China which is the most populated nation on our planet designed this to decongest the road further by optimising road capacity. Cars are able pass under the bus with elevated bus stops at intervals. There is no indication that the commercial version will be a mono carriage. This successful brake and power consumption test was carried out in Qinhuangdao City which made them tag the transport system safe and ready for commercial use. Like modern day rail systems, the bus is electric powered even as China continues to play a big role in an agreement with the United States to reduce carbon pollution in one of the most polluted nations on earth. This is another step towards a less polluted world.

There’s still no commercial launch timeline and according to the video, countries like India Brazil, France and Indonesia which have some of the most congested cities in the world  are already looking to do undertake similar projects with the Chinese. Maybe Brazil could have done this just in time for the Olympic Games which are now underway.

Lagos in Nigeria is home to over 20 million people according to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and is in dire need of transport infrastructure to ease traffic congestion. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme already allows people travel across cities in Lagos faster than other means by allowing people travel on dedicated lanes but this is still not enough as we still see queues at BRT terminals. We’ll keep an eye on this as events unfold in China and bring you more once new details are released.  

 

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