The futuristic megaprojects of Singapore

Land clearance for the Sulawesi Railway, China-Laos Railway scheduled to open in December this year, smart card plans for HCMC transport, and more construction and transport news in Southeast Asia.

Considering how many places I’ve featured in the Future Cities series, I’m surprised I took so long to feature Singapore. Perhaps I thought it was already in the future, or at least compared to other capitals in Southeast Asia.

There are few cities in the world that are as meticulous with their future planning as Singapore. The Urban Redevelopment Authority website gives you a glimpse of the level of planning. Singapore also include the natural environment as part of their planning, with every tree accounted for, and a million more being planted.

One thing I haven’t touched on is Singapore’s sand imports, which will be a topic for another post.

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One of my nightmares about the HCMC Metro (among the delays and cost blowouts) is that there would not be a unified ticket system between metro and buses (and even metro lines built by different companies). It sounds crazy, but that is what happened in KL and Bangkok (the Mangmoom card has still not been launched in Bangkok).

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