Straddle Bus Begins Test Run


A test run of a bus that 'straddles' traffic is being held in Beidaihe District of Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province next month. 

The bus will have a single carriage 22 meters long, 7.8 meters wide and 4.7 meters high, according to the Beijing-based company's website. 

Initially the track for the test run was announced to reach 2 kilometres but has since been scaled down to only 300 metres long. China Daily also reported the track is straight without any turns, intersections or even traffic lights; begging the question of what results the test will actually reveal. The company has not released a statement as to why the track is this way. 

The Transit Explore/Elevated Bus sits high above the road surface on a pair of fence-like stilts, leaving the road clear for ordinary cars to pass underneath.

Bai Zhiming, the project’s manager, says the system would cost just a fifth as much as a subway and each bus could carry as many as 1,200 people.





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