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dateline: 03 August 2016

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China Showcases Elevated Bus

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • showcase: to show off something new
  • elevated: placed higher up
  • span: to extend to another side
  • prototype: a model for a future machine or product
  • roadworthy: safe for use on roads

China Showcases Elevated Bus

China surprised the world by doing a of an elevated bus that could reduce traffic problems. The electric bus, which is about 72 feet long and 25 feet , spans across a few traffic lanes and allows vehicles to drive it. The prototype of the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) seats about 300 passengers, but future versions could hold even more people. The builders say that the buses are much than expanding underground transit. Though the elevated bus is not yet roadworthy, other countries including India, France, and Brazil have in using a similar type of transit for their own busy roads.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are elevated buses a potential answer to traffic problems?
  2. What does TEB stand for?
  3. Why does the article mention India?

Discussion Questions: What potential problems can you foresee with this type of transit?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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