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Light Rail Construction Approved for Chiang Mai

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Light Rail Construction Approved for Chiang Mai

by CityNews

 

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CityNews – The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has finally approved the construction of the light railway transit system project in Chiang Mai.

 

After the green light was given for the draft decree back in August 2017, the MRTA has finally given the green light to start the formal planning and construction of a light railway in Chiang Mai.

 

Full Story: http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/light-rail-construction-approved-chiang-mai/

 
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English version would be appreciated.My understanding of the colour coding etc is very limited

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Just wondering if 'above ground' mean at street level (as opposed to underground), or above the street level, e.g. monorail or similar?

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Why not go for a trolley bus?

 

It uses electricity (so no pollution) and they can use the existing electricity poles and other poles to install the overhead line.....

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15 minutes ago, Cloggie said:

Why not go for a trolley bus?

 

It uses electricity (so no pollution) and they can use the existing electricity poles and other poles to install the overhead line.....

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Yes but Chiang MAi already has traffic jams and they are getting worse and worse, now often quite long delays on many roads when kids getting into / getting out of school and more, so not sure that more vehicles at ground level is a good answer,

 

IMHO the only system which has some speed etc., is a mix of underground and overhead, and seems to me that the monorail system, similar to the highly successful design in Kuala Lumpur, is the overhead answer. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, scorecard said:

 

Yes but Chiang MAi already has traffic jams and they are getting worse and worse, now often quite long delays on many roads when kids getting into / getting out of school and more, so not sure that more vehicles at ground level is a good answer,

 

IMHO the only system which has some speed etc., is a mix of underground and overhead, and seems to me that the monorail system, similar to the highly successful design in Kuala Lumpur, is the overhead answer. 

 

 

 

In that case, make special bus lanes as well.

 

If you want people to use the bus then you have to make the other forms of transport more difficult otherwise they will not use the bus....

 

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8 minutes ago, Cloggie said:

In that case, make special bus lanes as well.

 

If you want people to use the bus then you have to make the other forms of transport more difficult otherwise they will not use the bus....

 

 

Sure but the available road surface is not ideal for numerous dedicated bus lanes and I really doubt that Chiang Mai drivers will respect the law and keep out of the bus lanes.

 

If I'm correct then we're back to square one with bus transport being unattractive in terms of speed.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Cloggie said:

In that case, make special bus lanes as well.

 

If you want people to use the bus then you have to make the other forms of transport more difficult otherwise they will not use the bus....

 

Maybe in the city's outer limits.

Within the city too many narrow single-lane roads.  Would be a nightmare maneuvering those around the moat, through the old city, or by the riverbanks.  Trolley poles becoming detached in the mess of wires would cause massive traffic jams as well.

 

I know where those buses are from by the way  ?  

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That's a lot of lines. It'll also mean a lot more shopping centres for Chiang Mai or all the stops along the lines will be located at the already built shopping centres. 

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12 hours ago, scorecard said:

IMHO the only system which has some speed etc., is a mix of underground and overhead, and seems to me that the monorail system, similar to the highly successful design in Kuala Lumpur, is the overhead answer. 

Yes, Singapore and KL have used them successfully.   Given todays technologies, they would be easier to build.  China has just started installing and selling them as well.  Their impact is less than that of traditional systems. 

 

When I am in KL, I take the monorail all the time.  It is actually good fun. 

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11 hours ago, YTP said:

Maybe in the city's outer limits.

Within the city too many narrow single-lane roads.  Would be a nightmare maneuvering those around the moat, through the old city, or by the riverbanks.  Trolley poles becoming detached in the mess of wires would cause massive traffic jams as well.

 

I know where those buses are from by the way  ?  

Underground and overhead (monorail) to a number of outer terminus locations then local small buses (hopefully better the red song taows).

 

 

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