New tran­sit master plan to fo­cus on rail net­work


The Of­fice of Trans­port and Traf­fic Pol­icy and Plan­ning (OTP) yes­ter­day un­veiled a master plan on “Tran­sitOri­ented Devel­op­ment” (TOD) pol­icy in which a to­tal of 177 rail­way sta­tions have devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The TOD in­te­grates public trans­port, es­pe­cially train sys­tems, into town plan­ning to pro­mote bet­ter land use and push eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment.

Speak­ing at a sem­i­nar on ur­ban devel­op­ment and trans­porta­tion sys­tems, OTP deputy direc­tor Panya Chu­panich said the rail sys­tem has been em­pha­sised as the coun­try has made huge in­vest­ments in the sec­tor.

About 2.7 tril­lion baht has been ear­marked to trans­form the rail net­work into the coun­try’s core trans­port and lo­gis­tics net­work un­der a 20-year frame­work, he said.

Khon Kaen, Ayut­thaya and Chon Buri’s Pat­taya have been se­lected as pro­to­type cities in which to in­te­grate public trans­port into town plan­ning, pro­mote bet­ter land use and drive eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Panya, there are five TOD cat­e­gories.

Khon Kaen and Pat­taya rail­way sta­tions are clas­si­fied as Re­gional Cen­tres in the North­east and the East re­spec­tively.

Ayut­thaya rail­way sta­tion is clas­si­fied as an Ur­ban Cen­tre where the size of TOD devel­op­ment de­pends on the size of the econ­omy in the prov­inces.

The other three cat­e­gories are New Town Cen­tres where TOD will in­volve new rail sta­tions where ur­ban devel­op­ment is lim­ited; Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tres where TOD will fo­cus on dis­tricts’ in­ter­change sta­tions; and Spe­cial Use ar­eas where TOD will tar­get spe­cific in­dus­tries such as avi­a­tion or tourism.

He stressed that TOD projects will be ini­ti­ated by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties be­cause they are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries and state agen­cies will pro­vide the nec­es­sary sup­port.

He said thee are four steps in­volved in TOD schemes — gath­er­ing in­put from stake­hold­ers and work­ing with city plan­ning au­thor­i­ties; draw­ing up devel­op­ment plans; se­cur­ing ap­proval and funds from state agen­cies; and im­ple­ment­ing the plans.

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