Watch: China’s Transit Elevated Bus Road Test Inspires Philippines in Solving Heavy Traffic (Video)

The gigantic Transit Elevated Bus (TEB-1) had its first road test in China early this week, and has inspired the Philippine government in solving the worsening heavy traffic in Metro Manila, particularly in EDSA. This is despite the ongoing territorial claims of the two countries over South China Sea. Watch the video below to know how this bus works.

Based on its specification records, this Chinese TEB-1 is 22 m (72 ft) long, 7.8 m (25 ft, 7 in) wide and can carry up to 300 passengers. the idea was originally proposed by Craig Hodgetts and Lester Walker back in 1969. Nevertheless, the Chinese version of this so-called straddle bus was designed by Youzhou Song, the project’s chief engineer.

The concept was first unveiled at the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May 2010, and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 50 Best Inventions of the Year that year. This electric-powered TEB, which looks more of like a train than a bus, can drive over vehicles lower than 7 feet, allowing them to pass underneath without any hassle.

This 17-feet ‘Made-in-China’ futuristic bus can travel up to 37 mph (around 60 kph), as it straddles on the railways on both sides of the road. The Chinese government plans to connect four TEBs, thus allowing a total of 1,200 passengers on board. Each section reportedly can replace 40 conventional buses, and therefore can help solve heavy traffic in China.

The test run of this Transit Elevated Bus was conducted on a 300m-long controlled track in the north-eastern city of Qinhuangdao in Hebei province, with Brazil, France, India and Indonesia showing interest to build their own. Nevertheless, this innovated transport system, which costs $4.5 million (around P211 million) has also inspired the Philippines.

In a recent ambush interview, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was asked if he has already seen the Chinese Transit Elevated Bus, and if it can also be applied in EDSA. “Yes. In fact, we were inspired with the idea, considering that traffic in China is worst than ours. If they can do it there, I think we can also do it here.” He said.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte has already requested emergency powers from Congress for the faster solution to the traffic crisis in Metro Manila. Former Manila mayor and now Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza is against it, but House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando are supporting him.