Media Outlets Say China’s Elevated Bus Is A Scam

The Transit Elevated Bus, conceived to help China deal with its huge traffic problems, was recently turned into reality, but reports suggest that the contraption is nothing more than a scam.

The so-called “straddling bus” started trial runs in Qinhuangdao, a city in north-east China, two months after it was first showcased at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. But the test run conducted by Jinchuang Corp – the company responsible for the first-ever produced TEB – left many questions unanswered.

Firstly, the “test run” did not simulate real traffic conditions, as the TEB traveled about 300 meters, without mimicking real-life traffic conditions. Moreover, it turns out that authorities in Qinhuangdao city weren’t even aware of this event happening.

Not only that, but many questioned how the TEB would operate, mainly because of the height of the vehicles that can go under it. For starters, the bus – which is actually a train – can only clear vehicles measuring just 2.1-meters in height, while the height limit for vehicles on the road in China is 4.2-meters.

To make matters worse, Shanghaiist reports that a few media outlets claim that the TEB is a fraudulent peer to peer (P2P) investment project aimed at scamming investors. The Chinese government took severe action against this type of funding, and many government departments have refused to acknowledge their relationship with the project, including the municipal development and reform commission in Qinhuangdao and Shanghai Jiaotong University – contrary to what the developers have said about the project in the past.

Song Youzhou, the designer of TEB, has denied the allegations, insisting that his team has nothing to apologize for:

“We haven’t done anything wrong at all. The latest tests show that the bus design is entirely possible”, he told Sixth Tone.

Photo Credit: China Xinhua News


  • Kevin Tay

    Oh why am I not surprised…

  • KareKakk

    They have actually built this thing for a scams sake? Nigerians have something to learn here…

  • Craig

    “Media outlets say…..” I’ll wait before making ANY final judgement.

  • Imjus Sayin

    So….um…like… about all the overhead signs, traffic lights, power lines that are in the way…on a norma
    l city street, or is China some magical kingdom where tigers fly and dragons hide? Wouldn’t a dedicated light rail system make more sense?

  • Ary Wisesa

    Ahhhhh… China and scam… These words are like made for each other. Remember melamine baby milk scandal? Or leaded toys? And also those copycat cars? I wonder if they do have honor of doing ethical business at all.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      No, they do not.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    i hope its not


  • Auf Wiedersehen

    WHAT!!?? A Chinese organization that’s scamming people?? That’s unheard of! and I am SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell ya!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      The Nigerians are jealous…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Ha! I wondered…

  • Dennis James

    To be honest, I think the design has a lot of merit. With minimal infrastructure changes you can create very fast transportation within a crowded city. I can see very few low-cost alternatives with the same advantages.

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