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Future Chiang Mai: construction and transport projects in Chiang Mai

Construction projects in Chiang Mai, including public spaces, apartments, light rail transit, high-speed railway, and the new airport. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand (by metropolitan area) and the largest city in northern Thailand. Despite it’s size, it’s a relatively low-rise city. The Old City area (inside the historic moat) is off […]

Java Rail Pass proposal: putting Java train travel on the world tourism map

The Java Rail Pass is a proposed tourist rail pass to promote train travel in Java and diversify tourism beyond Bali. The island of Java has one of the most extensive railway networks in Southeast Asia, yet it barely registers interest on an international level. Indonesian Railways (PT Kereta Api Indonesia) has a website that […]

Bangkok should scrap the Light Red Line extension and build this instead

Bangkok is planning to build the Don Mueang–Suvarnabhumi–U-Tapao high-speed railway (the High-Speed Rail Linking Three Airports Project). Bangkok is also planning the eastern extension of the Light Red Line commuter railway in the same corridor. The Light Red Line eastern extension is an unnecessary duplication of resources. The money and labour hours should be directed […]

How to fix Makkasan Station, Bangkok’s failed City Air Terminal

Makkasan Station is a station on the Airport Rail Link (ARL) connecting central Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi Airport. It’s a grand station from the outside, but on the inside it’s a ghost town. [City Air Terminal at Makkasan Station, now off-limits to passengers.] The station was built with check-in counters for flights, so you could check-in […]

Makassar MRT: A proposed urban rail transit system in South Sulawesi

The Makassar MRT is a proposed urban rail transit system in Makassar, South Sulawesi. It’s also known as the Mamminasata Urban Rail Transport (the name of the Makassar metropolitan area), and it’s also being referred to as an LRT. Plans for a transit system in Makassar began in 2011 with a monorail. An LRT/MRT was […]