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Baht bus routes sets, Soi Buakhao service banned

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Baht bus routes sets, Soi Buakhao service banned

PATTAYA:--The military again has declared that Pattaya baht buses will run only on designated routes, but this time is backing up its order with the threat of heavier fines and vehicle seizures.

 

The National Council for Peace and Order’s Banglamung District office announced on Feb. 7 four more routes to bring the area’s count of “official” service lines to seven.

 

The official routes are now Bali Hai Pier to the Banglamung District office, a wide circle route around Pattaya, North Road to Jomtien Beach and the Baan Charoen Community to Rathpattana and Najomtien. The routes complement existing lines, including the well known Beach Road-Second Road “loop”.

 

However, while announcing the new service routes, the military at the same time banned baht buses from serving Soi Buakhao, which infuriated locals, both Thai and expat.

 

The order for the blue pickup truck taxis to run only on designated routes came after a “D-Day” operation Feb. 1 that saw more than 30 vehicles impounded for illegal parking and running off-route. While the National Council for Peace and Order laid out the routes in December, drivers largely ignored the order.

 

Read more: http://www.pattayamail.com/news/baht-bus-routes-sets-soi-buakhao-service-banned-164790

 
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I wished they had magnetic placards that said the final destination or some type of numbering system. If multiple baht busses ride the same route, how do you know which one to jump on?


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Completely stupid to ban from Soi Buakhao where the demand is.

Proper routes/signs and strict limitation of licenses (no of buses circulating) is the way to go.

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Presumably they wish to increase the number of pedestrians in SB, without decreasing the number of vehicles (cars and MCs will ultimately fill the void left by BBs), thus increasing the number of injuries and deaths to pedestrians.

 

1 BB = 3 cars/6 MCs/12MC taxis @12 Persons to be transported

 

Many will choose not to pay min. MC taxi fare to their "local".

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Chip Allen said:

What possible good can it do to ban service to Soi Buakhao??  The overreach is uncanny.

Well the road is narrow and with nowhere to pull over to pick up and drop off passengers

traffic gets snarled. Not saying they should ban baht busses on Buakhao, just saying

I understand what might be there reasoning.

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Soi Buakhao is a mess, in part due to the illegally, double parked car/trucks; mobile food carts parked willy-nilly; business encroachment on the public roadway and the myriad of baht buses and delivery trucks that are stopped without any regard for traffic flow or pedestrian foot traffic. I live here and don't see banning the baht buses as a solution to the mayhem.

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20 minutes ago, hyku1147 said:

The taxi "lobby"?  Smells like Phuket is coming!

Any other info to support this sensory based fortunetelling? :smile:

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If I still lived on Soi B I would be really annoyed at this news. I found them really convenient.

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5 hours ago, Chip Allen said:

What possible good can it do to ban service to Soi Buakhao??  The overreach is uncanny.

Beats me. Obviously done by someone with enough wealth not to need the service. When's the junta going to do something that actually BENEFITS the people?

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When I'm there it's usually at night (don't ask, doing "research") and they seem to be running then, but I had noticed the last time I was there during daylight -- NO BUSES. 

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Soi Bukhao is like a race track now, yes there probably was too many Baht Buses but it slowed the traffic down,

For me do the opposite make Soi Bukhao Baht Buses, Scooter Taxis and delivery vehicles only. 

The other one would be a pedestrian area between Soi Diane and Pattaya Klang between 6pm and 3am.

A road they should be closing on an evening is New Plaza between Soi Bukhao and Second Road, it wasn't built for vehicles, too narrow, accident waiting too happen.

 

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