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Airport link Is HUGE

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Airport Rail LinkThe new airport link is hugely important. Bangkok has grown a lot, and having a modern airport farther out is essential. And to make it work for millions of travelers there must be modern ways to commute into the downtown areas.

But this is much more. Suvarnabhumi is as good an airport as any I’ve seen, and the BTS skytrain might be the best system of it’s kind in what might be the best public transportation infrastructure anywhere. Both are being expanded, although the airport expansion ran into a bit of bureaucratic slowdown.

This really should be a source of pride for Thais. Many wealthier nations have failed to plan, invest in and build great public transport systems. Bangkok continues to invest in transportation, and really is the premeir hub in Southeast Asia as a direct result of it.

Moreover, Bangkok is not a city choked on fumes and avoided at all cost like some of the other regional megalopolises in the world. Sure traffic is still rough, and there is still too much pollution in the air and waterways, but that commitment to improvement means optimism for the future is warranted.