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Chiang Mai Monorail May Be Coming Soon

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Tram system would be excellent idea. Have one in Sheffield, UK. Narrow roads same as here. Only difference is that here they would have to ban & enforce parking along roads with trams. Most road such as the radials leading in & out of town are quite wide. The problem is, people park their cars in the inside lanes, taking up one lane in each direction. One solution might be to have one way roads into & out of town. eg Charoen Muang "in", Kaenawarat "out" etc. Chotana probably wide enough for 2-way. Tram lines can be driven on, thou' in the wet scooters might be skidding on them laugh.png .

Trams from Hangdong, CMU, Mae Rim, Doi Saket, San Kamphaeng very feasible.

Main problem is 3rd world mentality here. The trams would just get bogged down in traffic, as everyone ignores the rules, & does as they please.sad.png

Why would a tram from Hang Dong , San Kamphaeng ,Doi Saket and other outlying areas be any better than a modern bus ? Sure would cost a lot more to lay tracks.Just don't see the extra benefit apart from novelty value.

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Why would a tram from Hang Dong , San Kamphaeng ,Doi Saket and other outlying areas be any better than a modern bus ? Sure would cost a lot more to lay tracks.Just don't see the extra benefit apart from novelty value.

See my post #53 above:

* More people can be transported in a single vehicle.

* They are electric, so zero emissions.

* The roads you mention are probably wide enough to make a dedicated lane. You could make a dedicated lane for a regular bus too, but then it needs to be much wider; with a rail-guided vehicle you only need a minimum of space on either side and still go at speed.

Note that I'm not saying that these advantages make it worth doing over a bus service; I didn't do that research. It just answers the question of what the benefits are.

People don't even move out the way for ambulances, this will never work.

And they don't have to, when the tram is intermixed with other traffic. Just like a bus in that sense; for the stretches where it can't get a dedicated lane, it moves through traffic just like everything else.

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Anyway, the proposed route is the same as the last time a grand plan for mass transit was announced, three years ago. That one involved a non-guided bus system, likely not electrical either.

I dug up the route map, which is in a resolution you can actually read.

BRT-map-Chiang-Mai.jpg

An issue with the route could be that not all major schools are covered, specifically Montfort and Varee.

You can see however that it moves in one direction where space is limited, including Huay Kaew. That means with some road work it may be possible to run in the middle without losing lanes.

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what they should have done years ago is build a cable car system similar to the system in San Francisco, with cable cars going around the moat and up to CMU and to the San Dek and other intersections would have made this place charming.

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Is it true to say, that people who like monorails have a one-track mind ? rolleyes.gif

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Is it true to say, that people who like monorails have a one-track mind ? rolleyes.gif

of course.....unless they have gone off the rails.

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Is it true to say, that people who like monorails have a one-track mind ? rolleyes.gif

of course.....unless they have gone off the rails.

Wouldn't that actually be, "unless they have gone off the rail" biggrin.png

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Is it true to say, that people who like monorails have a one-track mind ? rolleyes.gif

of course.....unless they have gone off the rails.

Wouldn't that actually be, "unless they have gone off the rail" biggrin.png

Well we do know many who come to Chiang Mai do have a one track mind.

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what they should have done years ago is build a cable car system similar to the system in San Francisco, with cable cars going around the moat and up to CMU and to the San Dek and other intersections would have made this place charming.

But the only reason for the cables is that SF has steep hills and normal trams and monorails like this will not work.

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