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Hat Yai looking into ‘Sky Track’ monorail

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World Green International and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) are to study the feasibility of building an environmentally friendly “Sky Track Monorail” in Hat Yai connecting the airport and passenger van terminals.

 

Songkhla Governor Doladech Patanarat and Provincial Administrative Organisation chief executive Niphon Boonyamani were on hand recently as Assistant Professor Anek Siripanichkorn, director of KMUTT’s Institute of Scientific Technological Research and Services, and WGI executive director Sean Goh signed an agreement.

 

The monorail, with cars running on lithium batteries, is in response to the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ ambition to develop 90 “smart cities”.

 

“Songkhla welcomes new technology to develop the province in ways that conserve energy and the environment,” Doladech said. 

 

“This transportation system will provide convenience and improved efficiency for residents, tourists and entrepreneurs and help develop our economy and tourism.”

 

Goh said WGI was pleased to fund the feasibility study, which would identify “good points and bad points without affecting the existing transportation system” and “limit the disadvantages of some of transport technology that can destroy the environment”. 

 

“Because every car on the Sky Track has a lithium battery, cars can be added during peak periods and taken away when they’re not needed. This saves energy and operating costs and the environment.”

 

Niphon thanked the private sector for its interest in “investing and bringing modern technology for mass transportation to Hat Yai while conserving the environment”. 

 

“With tourism and the airport expanding, mass transport that provides convenience is important,” he said. “This study will support the city’s development policy by identifying whether the monorail can improve traffic flow and convenience without harming the environ or affecting the existing transportation system.”

 

Anek explained that the Sky Track would feature “cars hanging from the rail”. 

 

“Each car can go along the normal traffic lanes as the poles and the rail are not too big, so they won’t affect normal traffic.”

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30345034

 
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40 minutes ago, webfact said:

World Green International and King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) are to study the feasibility of building an environmentally friendly “Sky Track Monorail” in Hat Yai connecting the airport and passenger van terminals.

 

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Still waiting for the Mono Rail in Pattaya to start rolling...along with the Bullet trains from Bangkok to Rayong.

 

There is a thread dated March 2013 on Thai Visa ref Pattaya Mono Rail along Beach Road.

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There isn't enough passenger traffic between the van terminal and the airport to justify such a project. You can get there by songtaew for 10 baht already.

 

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31 minutes ago, phuketsub said:

There isn't enough passenger traffic between the van terminal and the airport to justify such a project. You can get there by songtaew for 10 baht already.

 

What is it, about 10km, of four-lane all the way; maybe 3-4 traffic lights and no more than light to medium traffic.

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Yeah, us too! Poo Yai Ban has also built a monorail in our village, the first of its kind, makes use of the village dogs who are yoked to the wicker train compartment which is pulled sled dog style. The trestles and the track are wooden so it is eco-freindly. Wifi available in the cars. Drivers use a whip as an incentive to the dogs to keep it moving. The line does a complete 0.7 kilometer circuit around the village. The elevated position of the line is great for peering in and closely observing what your neighbors are up to. 10 baht per ride no matter where you want to go and they accept all major credit cards at the 6 stations, monthly passes are in the works. A great system, +1.

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On 10/05/2018 at 1:26 PM, phuketsub said:

There isn't enough passenger traffic between the van terminal and the airport to justify such a project. You can get there by songtaew for 10 baht already.

 

Total overkill, would be a white elephant.

 

If they want to do something 'environmentally friendly' they should concentrate on cleaning up the city, the river & canals and in educating the people of Hat Yai to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

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brilliant forward thinking.  the concept has been around for eons, but now autonomous engineering, thinking outside the box, and lithium batteries to boot:)

good luck 

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On 5/12/2018 at 3:54 AM, Stocky said:

Total overkill, would be a white elephant.

 

If they want to do something 'environmentally friendly' they should concentrate on cleaning up the city, the river & canals and in educating the people of Hat Yai to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

It sounds like they are eager to catch Phuketitis...

 

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