Here at SmartRail World we regularly report on cities attempts to cope with a growing population and the pressures this puts on existing infrastructure. From new lines and smarter stations to faster trains, ride sharing Apps like Uber through to last week’s ‘Willy Wonka’ lifts we’ve covered a lot of ideas. But today we focus on something a little different, the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which working on the fact that many countries don’t have sufficient money or space to build more roads and rails, has developed a new solution. One which they claim will optimize roadway utilization, potentially saving billions in future infrastructure expansion and offer both environmental and economic development benefits. So what is it?
TEB integrates the advantages of BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and subway transportation technologies and places them both above roads A TEB vehicle consists of two layers; the upper layer is for carrying passengers and the lower layer acts as a tunnel. Vehicles under two meters can go underneath, whether TEB is moving or stopped.
The TEB vehicle would run on embedded rails on both sides of the street. It is electrically powered traveling at average 30 miles per hour. With the team behind it claiming the cost of construction is less than one-fifth that of a subway and the construction period can be completed in a year.
The benefits according to TEB…
- Relief of Traffic Congestion – TEB can save road space by utilizing the vehicle upper layer for passengers. The design can reduce 25% to 35% of congestion caused by BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) directly or indirectly.
- High Efficiency & Large Passenger Capacity – each TEB can carry 1,200 passengers. Based on 40 vehicles and 40 km round-trip, it could carry about 400,000 passengers daily. The maximum speed is 60 km/h and the average speed is 40 km/h.
- Reduction of Air Pollution & Carbon Emission – TEB is powered by electricity. The average fuel consumption of each bus is 21.6t per year, and the estimated carbon emission of each bus is 66t. 40 city buses can be replaced by just one TEB for its lower emissions which will directly reduce 864t of fuel consumption and 2640t of carbon emission.
- Low Costs & Short Construction Period – TEB has several features and functions that are similar to subways. The average costs of construction of a subway are approximately $100 million USD per kilometer, but the average costs of construction of the TEB are estimated to be $20 million per kilometer.
“We are changing the way of transportation. Our mission is to provide environmentally friendly, energy efficient technologies and solutions to cities, countries and the world," said Mr. Zhiming Bai, president of TEB Technology.
But it’s not just a theory…
TEB has been working with numbers of industry partners, professional research institutions and universities in various TEB research and development areas. Based on the TEB design, the first model TEB vehicle is under construction by KTK Group, in Changzhou city, south China. The TEB model vehicle will be ready for testing in August 2016 and have a planned TEB testing site in the city of Qinhuang Dao.
The city government of Zhoukou has planned to integrate the TEB transportation technology into the city’s transportation system. 200 km of TEB lanes are planned for the city to serve its 9 million people. So far, TEB Technology has signed strategic cooperation agreements with city of Tianjin, city of Shenyang and city of Xiangfan.
Editor’s Comment: It’s an interesting solution and it will be fascinating to see how it’s developed in China, if anywhere is able to build something like that it is there. It’s not something that would work in most places with bridges and lorries amongst the most obvious insurmountable obstacles but may well be a solution to the rapidly growing but centrally planned cites of China. We look forward to keeping up to date with the latest developments of the TEB.
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