Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2001.
Many developing countries experienced a fast-paced
urbanization but were not serviced by a
subway system. By the 1980s,
the needs to develop a rail transit system in Bangkok became
urgent as the city's roadway system became increasingly
congested. The Bangkok Mass Transit System, which is an elevated
rail system (Skytrain) began operations in 1999. It is composed
of 30 stations and carries around 600,000 people per day.