Chula Engineering Faculty tackles traffic congestion in Sathorn

national May 18, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

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Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Engineering has developed an initiative, Sathorn Model, to tackle Bangkok's traffic nightmare.



Sathorn here refers to Sathorn Road and nearby Silom Road, which rank among the capital’s most congested areas. 
According to World Business Council for Sustainable Development, more than 150,000 vehicles jam Sathorn Road every day.
“Lecturers of the faculty have applied traffic management knowledge and technologies in introducing traffic solutions to this pilot area,” the university said in a statement. 
Funded by the Toyota Mobility Foundation, the initiative has a two-year implementation period. 
Also known as the Sustainable Mobility Project 2.0 Bangkok, it aims to encourage people to reduce the use of private vehicles and rely more on public transport. 
“It also seeks to engage all sectors,” the statement said. 
The university said if successful, the Sathorn Model would inspire other zones, not just in Thailand but beyond, to adopt similar traffic solutions. 
The WBSCD announced last November that to solve this congestion issue, the Sustainable Mobility Project together with Bangkok authorities had officially launched four new mobility solutions to be tested by the inhabitants in 2015. 
They are: school buses with high safety standards for the children; Park and ride places in partnership with local supermarkets; flexible working time arrangements and traffic flow management. 
“These measures encourage the users of the Sathorn Road to change their mobility routing, hence contributing to improved mobility in Bangkok,” the WBSCD said

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