Thailand to run trams in northeast province

September 2, 2020

The government of Thailand's northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province said it will have trams running in city and towns of the province by 2025.

The plan was confirmed by Deputy Governor of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) Theeraphan Tachasirinugune on Tuesday.

The MRTA will be supervising the construction of the tram system in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

"The tram system will feature 21 station and should be ready to be presented to the MRTA board this year before being proposed to the cabinet," said Theeraphan, adding that bidding for private companies to jointly invest in the project is expected by the middle of next year.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022 before the system launches operations in 2025.

Successful bidders will be offered a 30-year concession for operation.

The project will cost 7.11 billion baht (228.3 million U.S. dollars).

The winning bidder will gain revenue from ticket fare collection and commercial activities such as leasing advertising space in stations.