(Yicai Global) June 22 -- Officials in north China's summer beach resort of Beidaihe, Hebei province have already set preparations in motion to demolish the 'transit elevated bus' (TEB), which foreign media formerly hailed as one of the 50 great worldwide inventions of 2010, to recover normal traffic flow.
Media learned this from officials in Beidaihe district of Qinhuangdao city yesterday, as China News Network reported.
Construction of the TEB, which has an overall length of over 300 meters, concluded at the end of last July. Its purpose was to conduct pilot operation of the straddle-tram concept, a Beidaihe official unwilling to be identified told China News Network, but shortly after it started running, the workers who built it did, too, and it has never operated since.
We have repeatedly invited the TEB manufacturers to Beidaihe to discuss the matter, but they've never come," the unnamed official said. Relevant district departments therefore decided to demolish the TEB by this month's end to recover normal road traffic flow.
The TEB's manufacturer will assume responsibility for moving the straddle-tram to a nearby parking lot to await further disposition.
The TEB, which an ordinary Chinese 'invented' as a traffic-control tool, can run on rails along main traffic arteries. Split into two levels, the top accommodates passengers, while a hollow space underneath 2.1-2.2 meters high allows cars under 2 meters to freely drive underneath it, thus solving urban traffic congestion problems, its inventor claimed.
The 22-meter-long prototype, dubbed 'Straddle-Tram 1,' made headlines when it debuted in Beidaihe early last August. However, its trial operation aroused immediate public concern. Questions surround whether its investor, Beijing Huaying Kailai Asset Management Co., misused the project as a stalking horse to improperly obtain illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) financing.
However, its trial operation aroused immediate public concern and questions as to its technical feasibility. Questions surround whether its investor, Beijing Huaying Kailai Asset Management Co., misused the project as a stalking horse to improperly obtain peer-to-peer (P2P) financing.