Chiang Mai Subway Map
no colors have been assigned to the Chiang Mai Subway routes, they are
colored in this map to make the routes clearer.
Line 1- Red Line 2 - Blue Line 3 - Green Line 4 - Grey. The
old city moat is the black square.
Chiang Mai transit notes -
translated and summarized by Wisarut Bholsithi from Manager Daily , May
Chiang Mai LRT study is not finished yet--it will wait until OTP
receives a budget in 2006.
Even though the Chiang Mai Municipality is desperate for better buses as
well as a Chiang Mai LRT to replace the Mafia-plagued red minibus, the
loss ridden BMTA would not be a good role model for Chiang Mai buses.
Even though there are 34 concession red minibuses in Chiang Mai, only 8
lines follow specified routes. The rest merely go where they need to go.
The concession line system uses a map, not people, as the main criteria
for the lines.
Chiang Mai Municipality may have to allocate 100 million baht from
300-400 million baht vehicle taxes to finance Chiang Mai bus and even
more for a Chiang Mai LRT.
MOTC investing 170 billion baht in
15 years for northern transport development - translated and summarized
by Wisarut Bholsithi from Manager Daily , May 13, 2005
MOTC has planned to invest 170 billion baht in 15 years to develop the
northern transportation system to turn the northern region into a
gateway - by realizing Denchai-Chiang Rai railway, new highways, and new
Chiang Saen Port. MOTC also invites the local government to join with
these MOTC northern transportation development schemes to cut
After the seminar with OTP in Chiang Rai, OTP said MOTC is going to
invest 170 billion baht over
15 years to turn the northern region into the full fledged northern
gateway connecting with China, Burma or even the Indian subcontinent. In
2006, the first 1-2 billion baht would start to support this massive
The list of projects are:
1) Denchai - Chiang Rai (250 km) with a price tag of 40-50 billion baht
2) Chiangmai International Airport Expansion with a price tag to 3
3) Chiang Saen 2 Port - 1 billion baht - to cope with busy cargo between
China and Thailand. Chiang Saen 2 port will be on 400 rai of reformed
land ready for service in 2008 with space for an additional 20 cargo
boats for agricultural products and PTT oil tankers. China and other
countries along the Mekhong have signed an agreement to guarantee that
the Mekhong would have water at least 2 meters deep which allows all
season river transportation.
4) Turning the 4-lane highways into 8-lane highways for the 17 northern
MOTC would allow local people and governments to participate this plan
to minimize redundancy which has wasted billions of baht.
Mai Subway quick facts. In 2004 the cabinet approved studies for a light
rail system instead of a subway (see articles on the right). 4 lines
planned? The Mae Rim route is expected to cost 10 billion baht.
All four routes are estimated at 41 billion baht. Planners estimate it
would carry about 169,000 passengers a day if it begins operations in
the next five or six years. The whole project would take four years to
complete. The project is just in the planning stages now--no timetables
have been set. The Expressway Authority of Thailand has made surveys for
mass transit projects in Korat and Phuket as well, but only Chiang Mai
has progressed to the point where a route map has been made.
lines of Chiang Mai LRT - translated and summarized by Wisarut Bholsithi
from Siam Thurakij , June 15-17, 2005
OTP has come up with the following mass transit plan for Chiang Mai to
start in 2006 and be complete by 2025.
1) Electrifying and double tracking of Chaing Mai-Lamphun section for
2) Finishing the Denchai-Chaing Rai Railway
3) Intercity motorway from Chaing Mai to Mae Hong Son and Lampang to Nan
via Phrae and Phayao to cut down traveling time from 5-6 hours to 2-3
4) Reorganization of Chiang Mai Red Minibus along with the introduction of
Chaing Mai aircon buses
5) Chiang Mai LRT - three routes with a total distance of 33 km and target
number of passengers of 300,000 a day for the whole system
5.1) Chiang Mai Bureaucrat Center - Sankamphaeng via City Moat, Chaing Mai
Bus terminal and Chiang Mai Railway Station [10 km]
5.2) Chiang Mai University - Chiang Mai Land via City Moat [11 km]
5.3) San Sai - Chiang Mai International Airport - Hang Dong [12 km]
6) The completion of the missing link in the Chiang Mai Ring Superhighway
(about 4 km) which may a TBM drilling machine to complete.
7) The 2nd Chiang Mai International Airport