Bangkok's Red Line extension problem

News #221: international cable car for Thailand-Laos, the Penang cable car is a go, Cebu City plans downtown pedestrianization, Vietnam plans 3 railway links with China

The Future Southeast Asia Newsletter features transport and urban development news in Southeast Asia, edited by James Clark.

This week’s feature article is a continuation of last week’s article about how to fix Makkasan Station in Bangkok. Two separate rail lines are being built in the same corridor, with Makkasan as one of the stations. My plan will stop this wasteful duplication of resources, and it might fix one of the worst roads in Bangkok in the process.

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My proposal is to scrap the Light Red Line eastern extension and build a transit line along Petchaburi Road.

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“The Southeast Asia Aid Map — launched by the Lowy Institute in 2023 — is a comprehensive database tracking official development finance (ODF) flows in Southeast Asia.

This 2024 Key Findings report includes an analysis of Southeast Asia’s evolving development finance landscape and a series of profiles on each of the 11 Southeast Asian countries covered in the database.”

“Malaysia’s trade connectivity with the rest of South-East Asia and China has been improved with the launch of the Asean Express, an international freight train connecting Malaysia to Thailand, Laos and China.”

🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

There is a proposed cable car from Nong Khai to Vientiane, which would be the world’s second international cable car after the planned China-Russia cable car.

The cable car crosses the Mekong and it doesn’t go to Vientiane city, but it’s in Vientiane Prefecture so it can be called Vientiane. Here is a detailed PDF of the project.

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“The Penang Hill Cable Car project has taken off and is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2026.”

 🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

"A plan to cap fares on all of Greater Bangkok's mass transit lines at 20 baht is projected to be completed by September next year, with the Green, Gold and Airport Rail Link lines to be the last on the list."

"'Suan 50 Suk' is built on 13-rai of abandoned land."

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"...the three railway routes under consideration are Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong, Lang Son-Hanoi, and Mong Cai-Ha Long-Hai Phong."

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