Car Free Day
Tram service may be revived
A trial tram service will be deployed around Rattanakosin Island on September 22, to commemorate Bangkok's Car Free Day, said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) spokesperson Tridao Apaiwong.
She said that if the service is warmly welcomed, BMA may consider offering the service on a permanent basis. This would be thoroughly studied before an official proposal would be submitted for top BMA executivesâ€™ decision, she said.
The tram service, operated by three carriages, will serve tourists in the Rattanakosin Island. This is expected to reduce the number of vehicles on the Car Free Day and revive the good old days during the Rama V era when the tram service was first unveiled in Bangkok.
The service was temporarily available before the termination in June 2010. The carriages are mostly privately-assembled and could not be registered as public transport vehicles.
According to Tridao, aside from the tram service which will be the highlight of the Bangkok Car Free Day 2013. BMA also plans to further strengthen the bicycle campaign. About 20,000 bicycles are expected to join the event.