Master Plan News 2000

MASTER PLAN NEWS 2000

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Transportation Megaprojects - 2000 - 2006
Matichon Daily, September 24, 2000

On September 20, 2000, the Priority Allocation for Megaproject Committee led by Dr. Trairong Suwannakhiree and other state agencies (NESDB, MRTA, SRT, MOTC, MOF, ETA [Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand - http://www.eta.or.th]) have settled megaproject priorities according to rules set by the NESDB as follows (The following lists only selected projects relating to the Bangkok metropolitan area):

1) Projects that need to be completed on time according to the contract
 1.1 Initial Stage MRTA Blue Line -> Bangsue - Hua Lamphong
 1.2 Double Railway Tracks -> Talingchan - Nakhon Pathom

2) Projects that need strong support to start
 2.1 Bang Yai - Ban Pong - Pak Tho - Cha Am Motorway
 2.2 Southern Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road -> Bang Khunthian - Bang Plee
 2.3 Skytrain Extensions - Samrong, Taksin, and Rama III
 2.4 Entry Routes to New Bangkok International Airport - from Eastern Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road, Onnut Road, Rom Klao - King Kaeo Road, Bang Na - Bang Pakong Highway, Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway
 2.5 Hopewell Revival Plan -> Rangsit - Hua Lamphong, Yommarat - Hua Mark
 2.6 Northern Bangkok Transportation Center at Phaholyothin Depot and Old Mochit Bus Terminal
 2.7 Industrial Ring Road (Royal Project) -> Rama III - Rot Fai Sai Kao - Poojao Samingphlai - Pra Pradaeng - Jaeng Ron - Mahaisawan - Rama III
 2.8 MRTA Blue Line Southern Extension -> Hua Lamophong - Tha Phra - Bang Waek

3) Projects that need to be revised before implementation
 3.1 Dao Khanong - Bang Khuntian - Samut Sakhon Expressway
 3.2 Phayathai - Phuttha Monthon - Nakhon Pathom Expressway
 3.3 Ram Indra - Eastern Outer Ring Road Expressway
 3.4 Chonburi - Pattaya - Mab Ta Phut Motorway (extension of Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway)
 3.5 The 3rd Stage Expressway, Nonthaburi - Kaset Intersection (N1) and At Narong - Bang Na (S1)

4) New projects (not under the NESDB) being considered due to their strong transportation potential - ready to be implemented by 2006
 4.1 Mass Transit System Along the Sri Rat Expressway -> Chaeng Watthana - Bang Sue - Victory Monument (16.5 km)
 4.2 Mass Transit System Along the Chalong Rat Expressway -> Ram Indra - Ekkamai (13 km)
 4.3 Mass Transit System Along the Chaloem Mahanakhon Expressway -> Rama IV - Klong Toei - Doa Khanong (12 km)
 4.4 The 4th Stage Expressway -> Samut Prakarn - Suk Sawat - Rama II (12 km)
 4.5 The 5th Stage Expressway -> Rama II Highway - Phet Kasem Road - Nonthaburi (23.8 km)
 4.6 Sri Nakharin - Bang Na - Samut Prakarn Expressway (13.8 km)
 4.7 Bridge Across Chao Phraya at Kaik Kai Intersection (12 km)
 4.8 Bridge Across Chao Phraya at Pakkret Intersection (15.7 km)

 The Committee will submit this priority list to Subcommittee of Large Scale Transportation and OCMLT before sending it the cabinet for approval. The owners of the projects in group 1 will have to submit monthly reports to the OCMLT and the projects in other group will have to submit quaternary (trimonthly) reports to OCMLT. During the 6-year period (2000-2006), 600 billion baht (about US$ 15 billion) will be needed to implement all of these projects.

Commentary by Wisarut: The Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand was established by the Coup Decree of 290 on November 29, 1972. However, the First Stage Expressway (Chaloem Mahanakhon) was finished in 1987. Even though ETA has been assigned to construct mass transit systems along the expressways, I don't think that they will come up with any real ones very soon due to the economic downturn.

Nevertheless, ETA has scheduled the following projects:
Chaeng Watthana -> Bang Sue -> Victory Monument 16.5 km 2005
Ram Indra -> Ekkamai 13 km 2005
Rama IV -> Klong Toei -> Doa Khanong 12 km 2007

For Chiang Mai Mass Transit System, ETA has scheduled the following projects:
Chiang Mai Bureaucrat Center -> Upakhut -> Buak Krok 12.3 km 2005
Hang Dong Intersection -> San Sai Intersection 8.6 km TBA
Chiang Mai University -> Jaeng Sri Phoom 4.5 km TBA
Saeng Tawan Intersection -> Chiang Mai Land 2.0 km TBA

If the ETA has successfully implemented three mass transit systems along the expressways of Bangkok in 2007, the stations will be:

Chaloem Mahanakhon Line - 12 km
1) Rama IV - connects with Bon Kai Station of MRTA Blue Line
2) Port Authority of Thailand
3) Chuea Ploeng - near Exxon and Shell Oil depot
4) Nang Linjee - near Wat Chong Lom
5) Wat Phomaen - Chinese Mahayana temple
6) Sathupradit Intersection - near Sathupradit Pier
7) Bang Klo - the End of Bang Klo - Chaeng Watthana Expressway
8) Rama IX Bridge
9) Chaeng Ron - near Thai Farmers Bank PCL Headquarters
10) Prachauthit - the intersection between Prachauthi and Suksawat Road
11) Karn Keha Suksawat - NHA Public Housing in Suksawat area
12) Rama II - Rama II Highway

Chalong Rat Line - 13 Km
1) Ram Indra - Ram Indra Km 5.5
2) Nuan Jan - intersection between Nuan Jan Road and Pradit Manootham Road
3) Nawamin - intersection between Pradit Manootham Road and Kaset-Nawamin Road
4) Suea Yai - Suea Yai area, used to belong to Suea Yai (Don Yai)
5) Chaokhun Singha - Chao Khun Singha canal -> the area around here
 used to belong to Chao Phraya Bodindecha (Sing Singhasenee) - the Siamese Chancellor and Supreme Commander during King Rama III reign
6) Song Kathiam - near Song Kathiam Canal
7) Wang Thong Lang - intersection between Lad Phrao and Pradit Manootham Road
8) Bodin Decha - Bodin Decha High School
9) Sri Wara - Sri Wara Intersection
10) Rama IX Temple - Rama IX Temple, Rama IX Pond and Japanese School Pier
11) Pradit Mannotham - the End of Ekkamai - Ram Indra Road
12) Ekkamai Nuea - Northern Ekkamai near Klong Tan Railway Station and Wat Phasi Pier

Sri Rat Line - 16.5 km
1) Chaeng Watthana - near Muangthong Thanee
2) Samakkhee - Samakkhee Road
3) Wat Bua Kwan
4) Ngam Wong Wan - Ngam Wong Wan Road
5) Ministry of Public Health
6) Pracha Nukoon - the place where the expressway intersects with Ratchadaphisek Inner Ring Road and Prachachuen Road
7) Km.11 Railway Community - connects with SRT Red Line at Km 11. Station
8) Mochit 2 - New Mochit Bus Terminal
9) Bang Sue - connects with MRTA Blue Line at Bangsue Station
10) Sam Sen - near Samsen Witthayalai High School
11) Ministry of Finance
12) Rong Krong Nam - Samsen Water Purifier Factory
13) Victory Monument - connects with MRTA Orange Line and Skytrain at Victory Monument

Commentary from Wisarut:
I attended the OCMLT seminar about mass transportation in Bangkok metropolitan and surrounding areas at the UN Convention Center near Rachdamnoen Boxing Stadium on October 4, 2000. I got some good stuff in the report I will share with you. First of all, I obtained several colorful maps of the revised masterplan drafts. Even though it's a draft but it'll give you some good insights about the plan which next governments should follow:

1) The previous 1994 masterplan had some flaws in that it should have had circumferential patterns instead of just radial patterns. The radial patterns will make the urban areas grow in all directions in a random manner--a nightmare for the urban planners and the citizens.

Another flaw is about the concentration in downtown area while neglecting the suburb people due to the termination of Hopewell project which was supposed to be a backbone of the mass transit line.

2) The revival of Hopewell project is a critical process to create the mass transit backbone so it gets priority - second only to the MRTA Blue Line. However, the revised Hopewell project carry only commuter trains due to economic constrains. Even though the initial Hopewell revival plan states that the Rangsit-Hua Lamphong line will have to be done in 2006, it has a plan to extend to Nong Ngoo Hao Airport by the year 2011.

The thorniest issue for the revival plan is about the construction from Bangsue to Hua Lamphong and from Yommarat to Makkasan since both sections are in the 25 sq km restricted area that forces all mass transit lines to go underground. However, the financial analyzers said that the cost of putting both sections underground may be too high for both public and private sectors to deal with--let alone to put all sections
underground. Furthermore, the engineers said it will be really hard if not impossible to implement both sections underground. In such circumstance, the line may have to go elevated--like it or not. However, the environmentalists said that the 25 sq. km restriction must be in place and never be modified at all costs. The engineer said if it is necessary to construct an underground tunnel, the tunnel must be semi-underground which will cut Mahanak Canal into 2 sections. Digging deeper would cause construction costs to skyrocket to levels not worthy to invest in. Therefore, elevated structure are the only option left.
     IMHO, I think if the underground tunnel has a prohibitive construction cost, I would ask them to invest in the flyover and tunnel construction as well as traffic restrictions to ensure that the ground level tracks will never cross over the roads in both areas (Padiphat Road, Phyathai Road, Phetburi Road or so) in the same way that the current SRT railway does now.

3) The Purple line was initially a light rail project which will become a supplementary heavy rail if Hopewell does not work out. The revised plan states that the purple line will never be mentioned again until the year 2021 (next 21 years). It may take until the year of 2030 to implement this line.

4) MRTA blue line will have to be readjusted to become a circle subway-skytrain line by adding an elevated extension from Bang Sue to Tha Phra via Pracharat Sai 2 and Charansanitwongse Road (inner Ring Road). This will increase the efficiency to pick up the passengers in Thonburi side of Bangkok. In Phase 2, Bang Yai extension and Southern Circumference extension will be included.

5) The revised master plan decides to scrap the Nong Ngoo Hao extension of BTS Skytrain since BTSC declines to pursue it. Therefore, the Skytrain will expand in the following manner:

5.1) Eastern Extension from Onnut to Pak Nam via Sukhumvit Road
5.2) Northern extension from Lum Lookka via Phaholyothin Road and Lum Lookka Road, with the shortcut through Km.26 Village [Phaholyothin Km 26])
5.3) Southern extension from Taksin Bridge to Talad Ploo (near Ratchadaphisek Road) and Bang Waek (Southern Bangkok Transportation Center) to connect with MRTA Blue Line via Krung Thonburi and Taksin-Phetkasem road

After 2021, Skytrain will have to go underground from National Stadium to Pin Klao area via Rama I Road.

6) Three transportation centers will spring up - Northern Center at Mochit, Southern Center at Talad Ploo-Bang Waek and Eastern Center at Makkasan

7) The 11 feeder lines will be scrapped except the 3 feeder lines along the expressways which will become tram bus lines without rails. BMTA bus will readjust the routes to ensure that they will cover the lines which are supposed to be light rail feeders (except the lines along canals which may cause flooding during the rainy season and pollution).

8) Financial considerations - The elevated structure constructed by the government and the service private sector is the best deal. The license plate tax, property tax, and car license to pass through 123 sq. km. restricted area (area along Ratchadaphisek) will be introduced to finance the projects via Mass Transit Funds.

The plan phase will be as follows:
Phase 1 (2001 - 2010): 110 km - with budget of 180 billion baht
1) Bangsue - New Bangkok International Airport (SRT)
2) Hua Lamphong - Bangsue (SRT)
3) Bangsue - Rangsit (SRT)
4) Hua Lamphong - Bang Waek (MRTA)
5) Bangsue - Tha Phra (Northwestern Circumferential Line - MRTA)
6) Taksin Bridge - Bangkok Southern Transportation Center (BTSC)
7) Onnut - Samut Prakarn (BTSC)

Phase 2 (2011 - 2020): 160 km - with budget of 280 billion baht
1) Hua Lamphong - Bangkok Southern Transportation Center (SRT)
2) Bangsue - Talingchan (SRT)
3) Bangkok Southern Transportation Center - Mahachai (SRT)
4) Bangsue - Phra Nang Klao Bridge - Bang Yai (Western Outer Ring
Road - MRTA)
5) Tha Phra - Bon Kai (Southern Circumferential Line - MRTA)
6) Bang Waek - Bang Khae (Western Outer Ring Road - MRTA)
7) Mochit - Saphan Mai - Lum Lookka (BTSC)
8) Minburi-Huay Kwang [Thai Cultural Center] (MRTA Orange Line)
9) Lad Phrao - Bangna (new Line - going along Lad Phrao Road, Sri Nakharin Road and Bangna-Chonburi Highway and connect with BTSC at Bangna - should belong to MRTA since it starts from Lad Phrao Station)

Phase 3 (Beyond 2021)
1) Taligchan - Nakhon Pathom (SRT)
2) National Stadium - Pin Klao (BTSC)
3) Huay Kwang - Samrong Tai (MRTA Orange Line)

Those 3 phases are for the case of high investment. However, the following readjustments can be as follows:

Plan 1: Alternative Consolidated System in 2021
1) MRTA Orange Line extends from Samrong Tai along Southern Outer Ring Road and turns left to go along Sri Nakharin Road to Bang Kapi to become another circumference line.
2) MRTA Northern Blue Line extends from Phra Nang Klao Bridge to Bang Bua Thong via Rattanathibet and Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road.
3) MRTA Southern Blue Line extends from Bang Waek to Bang Kae via Phetkasem Road.
4) BTSC Green line extends from Saphan Mai to Lum Looka via Phaholyothin and Lum Lookka Road.
5) SRT red Line will extend from Machachai to Mae Klong
6) SRT red Line will extend from Yommarat to Talingchan
7) Yellow Line will run from Lad Phrao to Bang Kapi

Plan 2: Further alternative if the economic condition still at a low level in 2021
1) MRTA Northern Blue Line ends up at Phra Nang Klao bridge
2) MRTA Southern Blue Line ends up at Bang Wa
3) MRTA Orange Line runs from Minburi to Thai Cultural Center
4) BTSC Sukhumvit line will run from Saphan Mai to Samut Prakarn
5) BTSC Silom line will run from National Stadium to Pin Klao
6) SRT red Line will extend from Machachai to Mae Klong
7) SRT red Line will extend from Yommarat to Talingchan
8) Yellow Line will be suspended

 At the same time, OCMLT asks ETA to come up with electric tram buses (the same kind as the ones used in SF, or so) running along the expressways as a replacement to the light rail projects ETA has proposed since it is much cheaper to construct, operate, and maintain.

 IMHO, I agree with OCMLT but those feeder must make the following transits to major lines:

1) Chaloem Mahanakhon line - feeding the MRTA Blue line at Bon Kai, MRTA Orange line at Rat Boorana
2) Chalong Rat line - feeding the MRTA Orange line at Sri Wara, SRT Red line at Klong Tan
3) Sri Rat - feeding SRT Red Line at km11 community, MRTA Blue line at Bangsue and Skytrain at Victory Monument

 Furthermore, we need to construction flyovers for the tram buses or U-turn for the cars to ensure smooth traffic flow.

 There are some debates whether SRT Northern corridor or the Lumlookka extension is the better line for the northern corridor. SRT line has some disadvantages that it goes through less dense area but Green line will not cover some critical areas.

 The upcoming OCMLT seminar in this December will come up with the station names and location of stations to optimize the operating profits for all of those lines as well as the plan to get the cabinet approval. However, it is much better deal if OCMLT can ask all the political parties to honor the obligation so they plan can be implemented and executed without delays.

Samak's Idea Can Fit into the OCMLT Plan
New Master Plan Connecting Mass Transit Lines Head to Head
Thairath Daily, August 21, 2000

     Mr. Khamrob-luck Suratsavadee, deputy of the Traffic Committee said that according to the second draft of the revised master plan, Bangkok mass transit will consist of 4 major lines - Blue (MRTA), Green (BTSC), Red (SRT), and Orange (MRTA) - with Blue line extension which can become a loop line connecting mass transit lines in Bangkok and Thonburi. However, the new master plan will emphasize the Thonburi side of BMA due to the heavy traffic in that area. Furthermore, there will be a new line to make the mass transit networks become more complete--a Yellow line from Bangsue, Lad Phrao, Sri Nakharin, Bangna.
     Mr. Khamrob-luck said the consultant company proposed that BMTA should run buses along the mass transit network to make people feel familiar with the routes. If the Traffic Committee accepts the second draft, the company will submit the final draft of the study report containing details about stations and other related information on those lines in four months' time. After the Traffic Committee approves the final draft, they'll forward it to the Cabinet to approve the master plan. The consultant company expects that if the cabinet approves the master plan and constructs all of the mass transit routes, those lines will carry 7-8 million passengers a day (50% of the BMA traffic volume which is about 16 million trips a day).

OCMLT called 3 BMA Governor Candidates to Discuss the New Master Plan -
Rail Transport
Thairath, May 17, 2000

Pol. Maj. Yongyut Sarasombut, secretariat of Traffic Management Committee has invited the three BMA Governor candidates (Col. Winai Somphongse, Mr. Tawat Satjakul, and Ms. Sudarat Keyuraphan [who will send a representative due to her busy schedule]) to join a brainstorming session to revise the mass transit system due to the continuing economic downturn. The light rail option may be too costly to implement, so a bus way may be a substitute. The bus way will run on lanes 30 cm higher than normal traffic lanes.  Furthermore, OCMLT has discussed with SRT the Mae Klong Line Development and Suburb Commuter (the revived Hopewell project) to be implemented on the abandoned Hopewell structure.

GOVERNOR ELECTION
Sudarat promises electric buses
Project to cost 25% of elevated train
Bangkok Post, May 16, 2000
[Note from Wisarut:  I'm not so sure if her plan will be accepted by OCMLT and NESDB since some routes are in the same routes proposed for other major Mass Transit systems OCMLT has implemented (e.g. Hopewell Northern and Eastern section, Rama III light rail).]

        Sudarat Keyuraphan has pledged to provide Bangkok commuters with electric
buses at "affordable" construction costs and fares if she is elected governor in July.
        The project, under which nine bus routes will use existing roads, epitomizes what Mrs Sudarat has declared as her principles: using existing resources and working to the best of her ability to solve problems in the current situation wherein the country is low on money.
        This would not be a mega-project, Mrs Sudarat said yesterday.
        The nine routes would bring commuters from northern, southern, eastern and western suburbs into inner city areas where they could make use of the mass transit systems, she said.
        To ensure access to the buses for people living in alleys or housing estates located off the main roads, public vans would be arranged, she said.
        The nine routes include
1) Don Muang to Yomaraj (along Local Road from Donmuang to Yomaraj);
2) Ram Indra to Ekkamai (Along Ram Indra-Atnarong Expressway);
3) Bang Kapi-Lat Phrao-Mor Chit (Along Lad Phrao Road);
4) Pattanakan-Sri Nakharin-Pratunam (Local Road from Makkasan Station to Hua Mark and then going to Jusco Sri Nakharin);
5) Pattanakan-Sri Nakharin (from Jusco Sri Nakharin to Pattanakan Intersection via Pattanakan Road);
6) Sri Nakharin-Bang Na-Trat (from Jusco Sri Nakharin to Bangna Trat Highway via Seacon Square);
7) along Phetchakasem road (from Wongwian Yai to Bangkhae);
8) Phetchakasem-Pin Klao bridge (along Charansanitwongse and Pinklao Road), and
9) along Rama 3 road (rom Chong Nonsee to Thanon Tok).
        Total construction cost would be around two billion baht, or 25-30 million baht per kilometer, she said, adding that on some roads where construction could begin immediately the electric buses could be in service in two years.
        Mrs Sudarat said the electric bus system had a number of advantages.
        No land expropriation would be required and construction would not take long because the system would be built on existing roads. The entire cost would be about 25% of the elevated train. Fares would not be higher than those of air-conditioned buses operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority and traveling time would be twice as fast as ordinary buses.
        It has not yet been decided, however, whether the city administration or the private sector would manage the electric buses, she said. The new transport system would also accommodate another project designed to devolve the prosperity of Bangkok's central business districts to the suburbs.
        Mrs Sudarat said she plans to develop 11 outer Bangkok areas as sub-centers where jobs will be created for local communities based on their own potential so people would not have to commute to their places of work in the inner city.

MOTC Unveils the Bangkok Metropolitan Transportation Hub
Will Invest 20 Billion Baht to Construct Hua Lamphong 2
Manager Daily, May 1, 2000

     Ministry of Transportation is going to reduce the work load for Hua Lamphong--turning about 2000 rai around Bangsue Junction, Phaholyothin Warehouse and Chatuchak to connect MRTA, BTS, Morchit 2, and the High Speed Rail together with a budget of 22,168 million baht from private sector who will rent 600,000 sq.m. area for administration. This project will be in 3 phases and finish within 10 years.
     The meeting on April 10 resulted in a master plan to construct the Bangkok Metropolitan Transportation Hub in the area around Bangsue Junction, not far from Chatuchak Park. After that, Hua Lamphong will become a memorial station. This project will follow the plan to privatize SRT into 3 companies--the rail & signal construction and maintenance section which will belong to the government, and two other private companies to manage the SRT railway systems and services and manage SRT properties.
     If everything goes according to plan, SRT will get 30 billion baht back with profits of 7,832 million baht. Chatuchak Weekend market and Central Ladphrao land belongs to SRT which the private firms pay rent for at the rate of about 10,000-100,000 baht/sq.m.
     There will be four construction zones:
     1) Transit Concourse - the Main building to connect transportation centers such as the Bus Terminal, SRT Central Terminal, Park and Ride, High Speed Rail Terminal, Phaholyothin City Air Terminal, Monorail Station, and Community Railway of BTS (if BTS is going to take over Hopewell using Chinese Government money). The building will emphasize energy conservation with the natural air conditioning. Government will construct all the mass transit transfer stations on 366,000 sq.m. with an investment budget of 3926 million baht.
     2) Bus Terminal - the rest area for arrivals and departures from Bangkok with buses that come to the station every 10-15 minutes, underground parking lots, and a shopping center. The upper part will become a tower with hotel and offices. The central section will be the main bus concourse with natural air conditioning and a green zone. After the first zone is complete, the private sector will develop this section. The government will pay 7,794 million baht to construct the passenger terminal, office buildings, and hotels in a 841,000 sq.m. area.
     3) Park and Ride - a parking lot to connect the mass transit systems and Morchit 2 Bus Terminal as well as the Transit Concourse and Bus Terminal. The government will invest 6,838 million in the area of 1,080,000 sq.m. to create the recreational and commercial area and allow private concessions to invest and manage.
     4) SRT Central Terminal - New Bangsue Railway Station with the connection to all transportation systems and other buildings. The building will be an open area with the areas for arrivals and departures (in the same way as an airport). The government will invest 3,610 million baht to develop this 331,000 sq.m. zone.
     All 4 zones will have an area of 2,618,000 sq.m. and will take 10 years to finish. Now it is in the study and project design phase and will need cabinet approval first. The construction will start in 2001 and be in three phases:
     2001 - 2003: Main Transit Concourse Construction by upgrading Bangsue Junction for the MRTA Blue line, with basic infrastructure and new railway line for new Bangkok railway station
     2004 - 2007: The development of Bus Terminal, part of Main Transit Concourse, part of Park and Ride connecting the 2nd stage expressway
     2008 - 2010: Construction of the New Central Railway Station, part of the Park and Ride connecting the 2nd stage expressway and Park and Ride. The Roof of Park and Ride will become a theme park.
     If the area is at maximum utilization, the daily passengers will total 500,000--with 970,000 arrivals a day. The passenger ratio between mass transit: private car: Taxi will be 55:35:10.

Samak Reveals His Policies Concerning Bangkok Transport
excerpted from Daily News April 26, 2000

      Mr. Samak Suthoravet, an Bangkok political veteran, spoke about his plans to improve the quality of life for Bangkokians during his lecture at a seminar hosted by Economic Department, University of Thai Chamber of Commerce on April 25.
      Mr. Samak mentioned the plan to deal with the development of Bangkok mass transit systems as follows:
1) Extend the Southern Section of MRTA Blue Line from Hualamphong to Om Noy district of Samut Sakhon (Mahachai) via Phetkasem Road - not just Bangkhae as MRTA originally planned
2) Extend the Northern Section of MRTA Blue Line from Ban Sue to Bang Yai Intersection (Kanchanaphesek Outer Ring Road) via Rattanathebet Road, not just Sanambinnam (the foot of Phranangklao Bridge in Eastern Bank) as MRTA planned
3) Construct the Maintenance Center in a suburb area and convert Huay Kwang Maintenance Center (MRTA) to a park. However, he admits that it is too late to make a change since MRTA has already constructed a maintenance facility in that area
4) Extend the BTS Southern Extension to Samut Prakarn (Paknam) via Sukhumvit Road - not just at Crocodile Curve (Khong Jorakhe), Samrong Tai as BTSC planned - with Park and Ride facilities of course! (Note: Actually, there is a park and ride facility at Onnut Station managed by Asiapark - 10 baht an hour and 30 baht a day during the promotion.)
Furthermore, Mr. Samak made a proposal that BMA should take over the BTSC so BMA can lower the Skytrain fare from maximum 40 baht (US$1) to a 20 baht flat rate (US$ 0.50), and thus boost passengers up to the target of 400,000 a day instead of just 130,000 passengers a day as it is at present
5) Impose an automobile control zone in the inner city in same way Singapore does

New Transport Master Plan Underway
March 9, 2000

    OCMLT told both AEI (the company that wants to construct the high speed train from Pak Tho to Donmuang) and MRTA (they want to revitalize the Hopewell project - BTSC's subsidiary) to wait until the revised master plan for mass transit projects is finished in eight months. During that time, OCMLT asks all the companies involved in ongoing and proposed mass transit projects to cooperate with one another so they can share the rails and depots as well as other facilities to reduce construction costs. The economic downturn and the collapse of Hopewell project has caused OCMLT to come up with a revised master plan to replace the one approved by the cabinet on September 27, 1994. We can assume this new plan will be ready to present to the public in early 2001.

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