may 26, 2016 - SiemensGroup

Bangkok – New Era of Rail-Bound Rapid Transit

The breath-taking rise of #bangkok to become a leading business center in Asia created a basic challenge for the city to ensure the #mobility of millions of people. Before 1999, people used to take a bus, motorcycle or taxi for almost 80 per cent of their daily travel needs. This created congestion in large parts of Bangkok's infrastructure, making traffic jams a daily occurrence. The travel speed in downtown #bangkok was usually less than ten kilometers per hour. This not only affected the #mobility of the commuters but had also an impact on the quality of life. Without a working rapid transit and mainline traffic concept, Thailand's capital was bound to grind to a standstill.