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Chiang Mai Monorail May Be Coming Soon

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Walt Disney predicted that the monorail was the future of transportation and a half century later Disney World has the most heavily used monorail system in the world. A dreamer's in his own world with a big budget, same same as here.

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If the monorail will have stops every 500 metres the tuk tuks will be very busy. Have you ever known a thai to walk 250 metres?

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If the monorail will have stops every 500 metres the tuk tuks will be very busy. Have you ever known a thai to walk 250 metres?

BTS Skytrain stops are roughly 1000 meters apart.

And yes.

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If the monorail will have stops every 500 metres the tuk tuks will be very busy. Have you ever known a thai to walk 250 metres?

BTS Skytrain stops are roughly 1000 meters apart.

And yes.

And the taxis do huge point to point business there using their meters.

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Monorail? Wrong term. What is meant is a trolley or streetcar, possibly a cable car (San Francisco style), but I doubt the latter. Practical on narrow roadways? Not at all.

There are some fascinating monorails around the world, of course. Just check Youtube. Some interesting streetcar systems, too. But as you look at them, think of the problems for fixed surface routing in Chiang Mai.

I vote for the tuk tuk and songtao system for flexible public transportation (especially in congested historical areas) with enclosed taxi service for off-route point-to-point service further than in the central area. Some fixed intra-urban routes could be established, but these take time to develop and sustain. The defunct Chiang Mai bus system is a classic example of poor planning and inappropriate equipment with the remnant bus stops becoming annoying walkway clutter.

Persuade commuters to leave private vehicles outside the central area and transfer to urban transportation? Hah!

The significant problem now with most tuk tuks and sontao is local air pollution. Both can be battery-powered. An alternative vehicle would be small (10-12 passenger) buses powered by electricity. For fixed routes carrying a greater number of passengers, just take a look at the university system. All of these options are ultimately less expensive and flexible than fixed route trolleys or streetcars.

To alleviate traffic congestion there are other restrictive measures that are often practiced. One is restricting the hours for truck traffic. Another is developing pedestrian areas. But that's a whole different approach.

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I think there is a thread on here that mentioned them and showed the map.

This is on the Chiangmaicitynews website with a map.

http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=2084

And I believe that it would be great to have it in Chiang Mai. I don't think it will take 1 lane, especially on Huay Kaew Road. That would be too stupid and I am sure they have better idea than that.

Be a mighty funny looking vehicle that takes 40 people and doesn't take up one lane to do it. Why would it take less room on Huay Kaew Road than on Changklan?

I just looked at the map I see they have it running through the Night Bazaar going north rather than south like the existing traffic.

The only malls I see it servicing is the existing KSG the Airport mall and the new coming Maya mall. Looks like they are going to be in the area of the star mall not sure how close.

No where near the new Promenada and the Central. I am glad to see they did not run it through the old city.

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Be a mighty funny looking vehicle that takes 40 people and doesn't take up one lane to do it.

Have you ever seen elevated monorail ?

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Be a mighty funny looking vehicle that takes 40 people and doesn't take up one lane to do it.

Have you ever seen elevated monorail ?

Or a song thaew.

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Monorail? Wrong term. What is meant is a trolley or streetcar, possibly a cable car (San Francisco style), but I doubt the latter. Practical on narrow roadways? Not at all.

There are some fascinating monorails around the world, of course. Just check Youtube. Some interesting streetcar systems, too. But as you look at them, think of the problems for fixed surface routing in Chiang Mai.

I vote for the tuk tuk and songtao system for flexible public transportation (especially in congested historical areas) with enclosed taxi service for off-route point-to-point service further than in the central area. Some fixed intra-urban routes could be established, but these take time to develop and sustain. The defunct Chiang Mai bus system is a classic example of poor planning and inappropriate equipment with the remnant bus stops becoming annoying walkway clutter.

Persuade commuters to leave private vehicles outside the central area and transfer to urban transportation? Hah!

The significant problem now with most tuk tuks and sontao is local air pollution. Both can be battery-powered. An alternative vehicle would be small (10-12 passenger) buses powered by electricity. For fixed routes carrying a greater number of passengers, just take a look at the university system. All of these options are ultimately less expensive and flexible than fixed route trolleys or streetcars.

To alleviate traffic congestion there are other restrictive measures that are often practiced. One is restricting the hours for truck traffic. Another is developing pedestrian areas. But that's a whole different approach.

I was to the understanding that some of the tuk tuk's were propane powered would that not be a lot less polluting? they could make them all change over.

Just a thought Songthoewswai.gif also could be changed over.

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Virtually all tuk tuks (esp. those used as taxis) are LPG powered. That doesn't make them less polluting, but then again you got to wonder how much of an impact that really has; a couple handfulls of tuk tuks who are mostly stationary with the driver sleeping.

I would not expect miracles from electrifying them. (The vehicles; electrifying the drivers may hold some benefit.)

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Bad traffc in Chiang Mai? Get real eh! Chiang Mais traffic is nothing. Sure its not the best from 5 - 6.30pm around the city, but show me a city in the world where its not bad at rush hour.

If people are annoyed at CM traffic tell them to get a taste of BKK taffic and they will appreciate CM a lot more

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Be a mighty funny looking vehicle that takes 40 people and doesn't take up one lane to do it.

Have you ever seen elevated monorail ?

Yes they were higher than street level.

check them out they have them in Bangkok and they even have one in Seattle and Vancouver B C.

You can drive a car under them because they are not on the street taking up one lane,

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Virtually all tuk tuks (esp. those used as taxis) are LPG powered. That doesn't make them less polluting, but then again you got to wonder how much of an impact that really has; a couple handfulls of tuk tuks who are mostly stationary with the driver sleeping.

I would not expect miracles from electrifying them. (The vehicles; electrifying the drivers may hold some benefit.)

Yes they often turn them off in traffic or when they are at a stop light.

I have seen many of them when they are lined up and one leaves they just push the other ones ahead a little bit rather than start them drive 6 feet and stop them.

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Be a mighty funny looking vehicle that takes 40 people and doesn't take up one lane to do it.

Have you ever seen elevated monorail ?

Yes they were higher than street level.

check them out they have them in Bangkok and they even have one in Seattle and Vancouver B C.

You can drive a car under them because they are not on the street taking up one lane,

Bangkok BTS uses two rails, just like most light-rail mass transit systems, be it elevated, ground level or underground.

And reading the Chiang Mai plans, it would NOT be elevated. Which makes you wonder if it can even BE a monorail, as typically monorail trains have overhangs for stability. Then again, in 1907 a working prototype was engineered of a ground-level monorail. It never made it to an operational system.

So it's not impossible. Just exceptionally unlikely. wink.png

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What they need is a decent, well publicised and run, local bus system with aircon buses and, bus stops and bus maps - run at regular times - bus lanes on busy roads. These take more people, can be faster and more comfortable - people will migrate to using them then.

However, every time this has been attempted it has been killed off - the current bus system is almost defunct, and unreliable. There is one that runs from the Moo bahn next door to me - it is 17km from town, but each day I see it turning up/leaving with hardly anyone one it - because there are no bus maps, no known pricing, the bus looks like a wreck, and it turns up at irregular intervals and not very often (twice a day I think).

Taxis should also be forced to use metres as in Bangkok too.

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