The concept for the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) has been floating around since engineer Song Youzhou, chair of the delightfully named Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., introduced it at a high-tech Beijing expo in 2010.
The idea is to lift buses up above traffic so they are not slowed by it and don’t make it worse — to be grade-separated and thus faster than bus rapid transit (BRT), but cheaper than a subway. The concept actually goes all the way back to 1969, when a similarly shaped Boston-to-New York “Landliner” was proposed. It was outfitted with cruise-like amenities and a giant claw to pick up and swallow city buses! Lloyd Alter tells that kooky story over on Treehugger.
Anyway, in 2010, there was much talk of a TEB prototype in China, but it never came to anything. Last year, Song Youzhou introduced a new and improved version, with a cool scale model, at another high-tech expo.
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