Thailand’s Military Government Approves Mega Transport Projects

Thailand’s Military Government Approves Mega Transport Projects
The projects involve  auction of contracts to build six electric train routes, procure city buses and build new motorways.
The projects involve auction of contracts to build six electric train routes, procure city buses and build new motorways.
BANGKOK – Thailand’s Military stacked cabinet yesterday approved the launch of several mass transit projects that it hopes will convince people to turn to public transport services from driving their own cars   in their daily travels to work.

The projects involve  auction of contracts to build six electric train routes, procure city buses and build new motorways.

Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning deputy director-general Chaiwat Thongkamkoon said bidding for six electric train projects which  includes the Green Line (Mor Chit-Saphan Mai-Khu Khot), the Orange Line (Cultural Centre-Min Buri), and the Pink Line (Khaerai-Min Buri), will be called  next year.

On public transport, he said the first lot of 489 of 3,183 natural gas-fueled buses will be bought between January to March next year.

With the new buses entering service, he expected  more people will give up their private cars in favour of public transport.

Also  approved in principle by the cabinet is the widening of roads nationwide to four lanes and building four new motorways: Pattaya-Mabtaphut (89 kms), Bang Pa-in-Nakhon Ratchasima (196 kms), Bang Yai-Kanchanaburi (96 kms), and Nakhon Pathom-Cha-am (118 kms).

The cabinet also endorsed the 1.435-metre standard gauge for rail tracks on three routes: Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Ratchasima-Nong Khai, and Bangkok-Rayong.

Under the new track standard, train will travel faster will  at a top speed of 160 kilometers an hour.

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