China's Elevated Bus Project Seemed Too Good To Be True — And It Was

Project promoters claimed the giant, elevated vehicle would beat traffic jams by straddling traffic. Last week, they were arrested for fraud. "The idea was absurd, childish," says a longtime critic.
Qinhuangdao's elevated bus, seen last month in this photo, will not move forward. The municipal government denied it had endorsed the project, and last month began dismantling the test site. Source: VCG

In China, a futuristic new kind of urban transport that its promoters claimed would beat traffic jams appears to have gone off the rails. That became clear when police arrested the people behind the project for suspected fraud last week.

Dubbed the Transit Elevated Bus, the vehicle looks a bit like a catamaran on rails or

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