Theory proved bus system will lessen traffic congestion
The new straddle bus that they claimed can reduces traffic jams up to 30 percent and less costly than subway systems, proved workable in theory. The bus spans two traffic lanes and is 4.5 meters high will be used in major roads that will help reduce traffic congestion.
The bus will be running on special tracks with raised sides so cars can pass under the bus, and can carry 1,400 passengers plus travel at a speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour. A team from the School of Mechanical Engineering had conducted a research that proved the straddling bus will work. Manufacturing the bus and building road facilities will cost 50 million yuan per kilometer, and could be laid three times faster than a subway line.
Since the bus is an emission free vehicle it will be running on electricity powered by solar panels, blueprints for the vehicle have been forwarded to combustion engine manufacturer in Changzhou and a railway manufacturer in Shijizhuang.
With an estimated market value of over 1 trillion yuan, the bus system will complement subways and other buses. The bus is expected to hit the streets by the end of next year, and if the system is successful the bus can ease traffic congestion in Chinese cities where traffic is getting worse due to urban population growth.