Mini Mass Transit
Last night on Newsline, Khun Natakorn gave a brief spiel about the current state of the mass transit network, namely the skytrain and undergournd networks. The main thrust of the segment was to point the finger at the Ministry of Transport and let everyone know that the only reason development on the extensions isn’t happening (and hasn’t been up to this point) is because of them.
I’m fascinated by the saga that is the skytrain and underground network and have found a lot of useful information on it at 2bangkok.com. With the recent cancellation of the purple and orange underground lines, things have taken a turn for the worse though.
I had believed up to this point that the skytrain extensions were being stonewalled because the government had chosen to extend the underground instead, but if they’ve now cancelled the extensions to that I have absolutely no idea what they’re thinking. Bangkokians are up in arms about the sudden change in the plans for the underground and I don’t blame anyone for feeling that way since the extensions were one of the political promises that won the Prime Ministership for Thaksin.
My confusion with both of these networks is, are they on or off? I’ve seen conflicting reports on the news and in the papers for them and 2bangkok.com says that they are off, with buses to replace the planned lines for the underground (I’d thought the idea was to reduce traffic, not increase it – but oh well!).
Does anyone know what is really happening with either of these?