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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bangkok – Rails Across the River

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For years, Bangkok commuters have faced a rushhour nightmare on the way to work or school each morning. That nightmare lasts longest in Sathorn, the capital’s prime business district – and its most congested. But from today, the Skytrain is giving gridlocked commuters a key to freedom.     

The BTS extension from Saphan Taksin station to Wong Wian Yai – the first Skytrain route to venture across the river to Thon Buri – is being launched with a trial run at 5.20am before opening to the public at 8am.

Jump out of the jam

It should help ease the traffic jams along the Sathorn Road King Taksin Bridge route, the most congested road in Bangkok, says Jumpol Sumpaopol, directorgeneral of the Bangkok Traffic and Transport Department.

“We expect about 2,000 vehicles per hour during rush hour after the BTS extension opens, compared to almost 15,000 vehicles currently,” says Jumpol.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/search/read.php?newsid=30102725&keyword=rails+across+the+river

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Reuce the vehicles from 15,000, to 2,000 per hour; hmmm, seems a bit too optimistic to me, but hey, it is, ‘AMAZING, Thailand!’

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Tip for out of towners: The Sky Train is a very inexpensive; and compared to the taxis, FAST.

Plus, with the elevated tracks, you get a terrific view of Krung Thep – the City of Angels.

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May 16, 2009 - Posted by | transportation | , ,

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