Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2001.
BTS Skytrain, Bangkok
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.