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(Transportation and traffic control)

Emerging Asian economies race to build metros amid choking congestion

The distance between Maye Cristobal’s house and her office in Manila’s Makati business district is just 5km, but the 26-year-old lawyer often has to travel for one and a half hours. Keep reading ...


Don't touch the Mekong

[] A collection of shoals, reefs and islets off Chiang Rai province is the only serious block for 500-tonne Chinese riverboats past Thailand and all the way down to Luang Prabang in Laos. Beijing is once again applying economic and diplomatic pressure on Prime Minister ...

Bankok Post staff

Booming Southeast Asian vehicle sales drive urban congestion

Vehicle sales in Southeast Asia are set to outpace all other regions of the world during 2017, according to industry research, highlighting surging economic expansion in some parts of the region. But the growing number of new cars and trucks in urban centers is likely ...

Phú Quốc to be ‘smart city’ by 2020

The Kiên Giang Province People’s Committee has approved making Phú Quốc a smart city by 2020. The project will be based on the Việt Nam Post and Telecommunications Corporation’s information communications technology infrastructure and the province’s e-governance. It seeks to develop Phú Quốc island into ...

Chinese buses to hit the roads

Phnom Penh is to get five new bus routes when China donates 100 buses within two months, according to City Hall. Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said the new routes would help reduce traffic congestion in the capital and should be operational in June or ...

Plans ignored, urban areas hurt

Failure to follow planning in many urban areas has negative consequences for urban development,  Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said at a recent conference of the construction sector. As regulated, an Urban Development and Management Board will be set up to help local authorities ...

Grab expands services in partnership with Bangkok’s motorbike taxi riders

Ride-hailing service Grab on May 2 began a two-wheeled service in partnership with Bangkok’s army of motorbike taxi riders – known collectively as Win. For the GrabBike (Win) service, passengers can use the Grab mobile app to book a ride and request pickup for any ...

Clear the streets – or else

Street vendors in Phnom Penh have been warned to clean up their act or face legal action. Phnom Penh Deputy Governor Khuong Sreng said selfish vendors caused traffic congestion and disruption on roads around the capital. He said the authorities were keen to clamp down but ...

US$265 million for smart traffic operation centre in HCM City

A smart traffic operation centre in HCM City will receive an investment of VNĐ6 trillion (US$265 million) from 2017 to 2020, the city’s Department of Transport has said. In the first phase of the project, about VNĐ250 billion ($11 million) will be allocated to upgrade ...

Two killed, nine injured in Xekong bus crash

Two people were killed instantly and nine others sustained injuries after two buses collided head-on in Laksao village, Thataeng district, Xekong province on Sunday. Deputy Chief of the Xekong Traffic Police Office, First Lieutenant Sonevixay Keo-ounvong, told Vientiane Times on Monday the accident happened at ...

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