BY the year 2029, the MRTA and BMA’s combined rail mass transit projects will – all going to plan – have resulted in the colourful splodge of spaghetti you see strewn across this page. For prospective property buyers and investors it’s a mouthwatering prospect – just think of the money to be made snapping up property now before stations arrive and rapidly multiply the value of the land. Sure, some negatives loom large, such as how is the already overburdened system going to deal with the huge influx of passengers from all corners of the city?
But with almost 15 years to get things right, here’s hoping that Bangkok will finally have a public transport system that rivals those in London, New York and Hong Kong. First on the agenda: Launching a travel card, similar to London’s Oyster, which allows for travel across all trains and buses. And can we please ditch the double-payment on the BTS for anyone who lives beyond On Nut?