Transportation development and urbanization in the Bangkok metropolitan region

Authored by: Saksith Chalermpong

Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138681590
eBook ISBN: 9781315562889
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Transportation development and urbanization are inextricably linked. This relationship is evident in several developing cities in Southeast Asia, where rapid urban growth puts pressure on existing transportation systems, and upgrades of transportation infrastructure and services are needed in order to support future growth. On the other hand, it has long been recognized that transportation development can cause inefficient urban growth patterns. For example, the so-called urban sprawl, low-density development along new highways makes it difficult and costly to provide adequate public services, including public transportation. It also aggravates traffic congestion on those highways in the long term (World Bank 2002).

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