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Old March 19th, 2007, 09:52 AM   #81
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Yup saw this under construction when I was in Bangkok in January... Looks like there's a long way to go, but most of the viaduct supports along the route have been erected.
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Old March 19th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #82
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Old March 19th, 2007, 09:57 AM   #83
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Old March 25th, 2007, 03:14 AM   #84
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Old March 25th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #85
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Old March 25th, 2007, 11:41 PM   #86
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Bidding for a contractor will hopefully be done in a few months. The purple line is the line nearest to implementation. Hopefully construction will start before year end.
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Old April 10th, 2007, 01:17 PM   #87
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I wished this project bringing the living qualities to Thai.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #88
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Very nice system.

I will check it tomorrow in BKK!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 09:56 AM   #89
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Very nice perspective!!
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Old April 15th, 2007, 04:34 PM   #90
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The Thai love their concrete!
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Old April 16th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #91
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I do like the chipcoin...

easy to use, easy to carry, low maintenance costs...

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Old April 17th, 2007, 11:11 PM   #92
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Old April 25th, 2007, 07:18 PM   #93
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Thailand to start train line bidding in August

BANGKOK, April 25 (Reuters) - Thailand expects to start the bidding for two of Bangkok's planned $4.7 billion, four mass transit lines in August after several delays, Industry Minister Kosit Panpiemras said on Wednesday.

"The Transport Ministry is ready to open the bidding for the red and purple lines in August," he told reporters, referring to the northern red line and the western purple line.

The financing had yet to be decided, but it should come from domestic loans which would help boost an economy beset by weak investment and consumption, he said without elaborating.

The bidding, first planned for early this year, then April or May, had to be postponed further because of delayed regulatory processes, government officials said.

The lines are the first infrastructure projects initiated by ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to be implemented by an interim government installed by the military after a September coup.

They are part of projects Thaksin's government planned to spend $44 billion on between 2005 and 2009 to spur economic growth, but were delayed by the political crisis which led to the bloodless coup. ($1=34.80 Baht)
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #94
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Thailand to get three new rail lines worth 2 bln dlrs

BANGKOK, May 22, 2007 (AFP) - The Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved three new rail lines worth over 70 billion baht (two billion dollars), which they hope will encourage three million people per day to use public transport.

Two of the projects are light rail lines in Bangkok, a city known for its congested streets and backed-up traffic. Their combined value will be 65 billion baht, said transport minister Thira Haocharoen.

The third rail line, costing 5.8 billion baht, will link the eastern province of Chachoengsao to a deep-sea port, and bidding for all three is expected to start in July, Thira said. Construction will begin next year.

Bangkok's existing mass transit system has three lines -- two above ground, and one underground -- totalling 75 kilometres (47 miles) of tracks. Together they carry almost 630,000 passengers a day.

Officials predict that at least three million people will use the capital's mass transit system when the two new city commuter lines with a combined track length of 41 kilometres are completed by 2010.

"They will take people from provinces neighbouring Bangkok and the suburbs to the centre of Bangkok in 40 minutes or an hour," said Pranote Suriya, a traffic planning official with with transport ministry.

"It is good for Bangkok's traffic because it takes cars off the streets."

Thira said the rail lines would be funded by loans from local banks and some state money, while the government would also seek a loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

The rail projects were part of an ambitious public works programs instigated by deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a coup last year.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 06:31 AM   #95
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Thai voters to get free rides for referendum

BANGKOK, Aug 10, 2007 (AFP) - Bangkok's subway will give free rides when polls open for a referendum next week, while other public transport will discount fares to encourage people to vote, officials said Friday.

Free rides will be on offer while polls are open for the vote on a new constitution on August 19, the transport ministry said in a statement.

Buses and trains across the country will slash fares by 50 percent for four days around the referendum in a bid to encourage migrant workers to cast ballots, the statement said.

Most Thais have to vote in their home towns, which for millions of people means leaving the cities where they work and heading into the countryside for the referendum.

But with a low turnout expected, the government is doing everything it can to encourage people to cast ballots -- including declaring a three-day weekend for the nation's first-ever referendum.

Thailand's army-installed government is asking voters to approve a constitution backed by the military.

The generals who ousted elected prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra last September say the constitution is the first step toward restoring democracy, with general elections expected later this year.

Opponents say the charter will give the military continued influence in government through powerful appointees.

If voters reject the charter, the military has reserved the power to impose a constitution regardless.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 07:43 PM   #96
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CONSTRUCTION / MASS-TRANSIT LINES JBIC agrees to lend B5.76bn for Purple line WICHIT CHANTANUSORNSIRI Bkk Post 14/08/07
The Public Debt Management Office will borrow 5.76 billion baht under the 2007 budget to finance the first phase of the 23-kilometre Purple line mass-transit route running from Bang Yai to Bang Sue. The loans are expected to be signed with the Japan Bank for International Co-operation on Thursday, according to sources.

The financing programme will move forward even though the government is expected to miss its deadline this month to open bidding for construction along the route. If the bidding is formally delayed, the PDMO will shift funds raised this fiscal year to fiscal 2008 for the programme. The Purple line, deemed the most ready for construction of the three new Bangkok mass-transit routes approved earlier this year by the cabinet, has completed its environmental impact assessments.

Two other routes, the Red and Blue lines, have yet to receive EIA approval, a key requirement before financing can be secured. The three routes are expected to cost 160 billion baht in total, with 45 billion going to the Purple line; 59 billion for the Red line, which runs from Rangsit to Bang Sue and Bang Sue to Taling Chan; and 52.5 billion for the Blue line stretching from Bang Sue to Tha Phra and Bang Khae and Hua Lamphong to Tha Phra.

Around 52% of the financing for the three routes, or 84 billion baht, will come from JBIC loans. The rest will be raised from domestic government borrowings and allocations from the central budget. The new light rail lines will be integrated with the current Bangkok subway and Bangkok Skytrain systems. Economists hope that work on the new lines, which are expected to take four years to complete, will help stimulate economic growth in 2008 and jump-start private investment in the property sector.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 06:44 PM   #97
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Can't wait for the purple line.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 10:44 AM   #98
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Thai govt slashes transport fares to boost voting

BANGKOK, Nov 21, 2007 (AFP) - Bus and train fares across Thailand will be cut for four days around next month's elections to encourage people to vote in the first polls since last year's coup, the transport ministry said Wednesday.

Thais cast their ballots on December 23 in the polls that aim to restore democracy to the country following a bloodless military coup which ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra in September 2006.

The army-backed cabinet has already declared December 24 as a holiday, to encourage voters to trek back to their hometowns to cast their ballots.

Passengers travelling coach on intercity buses and trains will pay only half the normal fare from December 21 to 24, if they show their voter registration cards.

Bangkok's metro buses and river taxis will also halve fares on voting day, while the subway will let passengers ride for free, a transport ministry official said.

The government hopes voter turnout will reach 70 percent.

Early front runners in the elections are Thailand's oldest political outfit, the Democrat Party, and the People Power Party, which was taken over by members of Thaksin's disbanded Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) party.

The junta and the civilian government it appointed have vowed the polls will fully restore democracy in Thailand.

But analysts question how free and fair the elections can be when about one-third of the country is still under martial law and Thai Rak Thai, which stormed the polls in 2001 and 2005, has been dissolved.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 09:51 AM   #99
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Nice Bkk subway system.......
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:54 AM   #100
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Now, at least the construction of Purple line is about to start ... just get the contractor and cleear the land exppaorpriation roun Tao Poon and Bang Phai area ....
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