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Kanok Karn
27th July 2011, 10:01
Since Bangkok is the center of the economy and tourism, with a huge mass of people living and commuting, expressways and mass transit systems have been expanding to solve traffic problems. The city boasts a diverse transport system, connecting function areas and convention centers, sufficient to accommodate tourists and conventioneers.

Travel + Leisure magazine has released its 2011 “World’s Best” list, with Bangkok voted as the top city in the world, in the annual poll voted on by the American luxury travel magazine's readers. Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra traveled to New York to receive the award himself on July 14. The city retains its number one ranking in the world for a second consecutive year after it was voted to Best City in 2008 and 2010. Known for its fantastic tropical settings, historical venues, rich culture, and wondrous architecture, Bangkok has grown in popularity for tourists and world travelers over the years.

Many people come from all parts of the country to Bangkok in search of education and employment opportunities. The most populated city in Thailand, Bangkok covers some 1,537 square kilometers on both bank of the Chao Phraya River, and its suburban areas are growing continually.

In Bangkok, there are two electric train systems for commuters: the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), or the skytrain, and the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), or the subway, which facilitate mass transfer with great efficiency. Plans exist to extend these urban rail mass transit systems to reduce traffic congestion.

People living in and visiting Bangkok will find it more convenient to travel in the capital, which is expanding its transport network to improve traffic safety and facilitate traffic flow.

The Ministry of Transport is accelerating the mapping out of a master plan to develop the transport network linking Bangkok’s mass transit systems.

A study shows that there are currently 22 bridges across the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok and its vicinity. Out of this number, 21 bridges are for road transport and only one is for rail transport. Today they carry an average traffic volume of 1.7 million vehicles a day. The volume is likely to increase by 450,000 vehicles a day in the next 10 years.

According to the Ministry of Transport, various agencies plan to construct altogether 15 bridges in the city and nearby provinces. Out of this number, four bridges will be built by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and three by the Department of Rural Roads. The Department of Highways, the Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, the State Railway of Thailand, and the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand will build two bridges each. These agencies have been told to work together, so that each new project will be connected with the existing transport systems.

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