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Transit Explore Bus: China’s ‘straddling bus’ project

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31 May 2016 – Almaty, Kazakhstan – A new resource has been added to the PM World Library related to major programmes & projects. The new resource is titled “Transit Explore Bus: China’s 'straddling bus' project”.

Car ownership in China is soaring, with an estimated 20 million new drivers hitting the roads each year. Cities there can expect no shortage of air pollution and hellish traffic jams. While local governments are hoping that parking regulations and plate restrictions will ease congestion, engineers and designers are trying to find relief in technology.

160530 - Transit Explore Bus IMAGE2Chinese developers have unveiled plans for a new elevated bus that can bypass traffic on busy streets. The vehicle, known as the Transit Explore Bus, features an elevated passenger cabin that stretches two lanes above the road. Cars travel beneath the cabin. The bus, which would run on rails, could carry as many as 1,400 passengers, according to the Xinhua report.

The bus works as a potential solution to two key problems that have plagued Chinese cities: deadly air pollution and crippling traffic. The bus would be entirely electric powered and would require only a fraction of the funding required to build a new subway and would be electric-powered, according to the report. The project has been greeted with anticipation in China, where traffic jams have grown as the country overtook the United States to become the largest car market on earth in 2009.

To access this new resource,, click on “Transportation - Infrastructure”, and scroll down to find this resource. Must be logged-in professional member to access.