Chiang Mai revamps commuter routes

Chiang Mai city on Wednesday announced the reorganisation of public passenger vehicle routes, saying it should help relieve traffic congestion.

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Under the plan, 12 new city routes will be introduced from Aug 1. 

Chiang Mai governor Suriya Prasartbandit said the reorganisation of public passenger vehicles was a result of cooperation among all concerned agencies, and aimed to improve the mass transit system in Chiang Mai city, solve traffic problems and encourage people to use public transport instead of private cars.  

The new routes include:

1. Chiang Mai University-Anusawari Sam Kasat (Three Kings Monument)-Kard Luang- Arcade Bus Terminal

2. Huay Kaew-Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall-Chang Puak Bus Station-Kard Luang-train station-Arcade

3. Chang Puak Bus Station-Tha Phae-airport

4. Chang Puak Bus Station-Nimmanhaemin-Suan Dok-airport

5. Chang Puak Bus Station-Central Festival shopping mall-Promenada shopping mall-airport

6. Chang Puak Bus Station-Waroros market-Suan Dok-Robinson shopping mall- Samoeng intersection

7. Chang Puak Bus Station-Anusawari Sam Kasat-Waroros market-Sam Yak market

8. Chang Puak Bus Station-government complex-700 Year Stadium-Nakhon Ping hospital

9. Chang Puak Bus Station-Waroros market-Nong Hoi- Sarapee district office

10. Chang Puak Bus Station-Waroros market-train station-Ban Buak Krok

11. Chang Puak Bus Station-Night Bazaar- Montfort primary school- governor's residence- Yupparat

12. Mae Ya Waterfall-Central Festival shopping mall-Central Airport Plaza-Pang Suan Kaew-Mae Ya Waterfall (going in both directions)

Mr Suriya said a total of 550 song taew — also known as see lor daeng (red cars) — belonging to Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperative Limited will run on the first 11 routes with 50 song taew on each route. Operating hours are 5am-8pm and the fare is a flat rate of 20 baht. 

Six air-conditioned buses operated by Chiang Mai municipality will be put into service between 5am and 8pm with a 15 baht flat-rate fare.  

The governor admitted the restructuring of travel routes may not solve all problems, which had built up over a long time, in the near future, but authorities would continue to make assessments, reviews and develop plans. 

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