News #199: Another messy transit interchange for Bangkok

Nusantara Capital City Airport, Johor Bahru LRT, 4th tower for Marina Bay Sands, Vietnam-China to connect railway in Lao Cai, and more transport and urban development news in SE Asia

Hello from from Ho Chi Minh City. I will be doing a little road trip this week to look at some coastal developments and to scope out the urban area for a proposed transit system. I will then come back for Tet (lunar new year in Vietnam) before most businesses shut down for a few days.

The Bangkok series continues with a very niche article about a transit station in Nonthaburi (north of Bangkok). I have previously written about the bad interchanges of bangkok’s urban rail transit system, so this is another one to add to the list.

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Nonthaburi Civic Center station is a Bangkok MRT station on the Purple Line, Pink Line, and the future Brown Line. Unfortunately for Bangkok, the station doesn’t provide an integrated transfer between lines.

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🇰🇭 Cambodia

🇮🇩 Indonesia

"Indonesia's Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi targeted the operational trial for Nusantara Capital City (IKN) Airport to start this July. The minister inspected the Nusantara Airport's development progress in IKN on Wednesday."

“With most funding from private sector, Nusantara struggles to convince investors it is here to stay.”

“President Joko Widodo has vastly expanded Indonesia’s infrastructure. But debt is soaring at state-run builders, prompting questions about the speed of construction.”

🇱🇦 Laos

🇲🇾 Malaysia

"The proponent of a light rail transit (LRT) system in Johor Bahru says the state capital needs an LRT system to disperse the traffic from Singapore to the city that will be carried by the Rapid Transit System (RTS) that is now under construction."

🇲🇲 Myanmar

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

"China and Thailand need to speed up the construction of a delayed, high-speed railway to link their countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on Monday at the end of a three-day visit to Bangkok."

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"Vietnam Railway Administration (Ministry of Transport) said it is working with the China National Railway Administration to agree on a point to connect 1.435 mm standard gauge railway tracks between the two sides at Lao Cai, deployed from 2025."

“A comprehensive development project, valued at over US$350 million, encompassing commercial, tourism, financial-banking and advanced technology facilities is slated for construction near Tân Thanh Border Gate in the northern province of Lạng Sơn.”

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