Invented by Song Youzhou with the TED Technology Development Company, the bus runs on rails and can hold 1,200 passengers. Each bus costs roughly $4.5 million, which Song puts at one-sixteenth the price of a subway train. The busses can only run on streets with passenger vehicles and is currently being tested or in construction in five pilot cities in China: Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhoukou.
Wang Peng, the director of the Shenyang chamber of commerce, told the New York Times of the pilot program:
The elevated bus merges existing, mature technology found in railroads, subways and buses... he only question is now how it will interact with other traffic once implemented.
Interact with other traffic? Don't you mean get around people gawking at it on street corners?