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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – Transport Ministry: BKK-Chiang Mai high speed rail ready by 2018

Via: NNT

The Transport Minister has expressed confidence that the first high speed railway connecting Bangkok and Chiang Mai will be ready for service by 2018.
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Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan has disclosed that Thailand and China have agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the country’s first high-speed rail project. With Chinese experts surveying the planned route of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail construction, which spans over 745 km, it has been suggested that the railway should be constructed to support a velocity of 250-300 km/hour while focusing on passenger transportation.
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The feasibility study of the project will take a year to finalize before construction can commence. The Bangkok-Chiang Mai high speed rail is expected to be ready in service by 2018.  (yeah, right)

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The source of fund remains to be determined based on public interest whether it should solely come from the Thai government’s budget or a government-to-government cooperation.

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Under a total budget of 983.47 billion baht ($31.2 Billion USD), the Transport Ministry has plans to construct 5 high-speed rail routes, including Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Nong Khai, Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani, Bangkok-Rayong, and Bangkok-Padang Besar.

http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news.php?id=255505220005

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How about interplanetary; say, Bangkok-Uranus?

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