Master plan for traffic on the cards

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) is working on a master plan that it hopes will stop government agencies from repeatedly investing in similar traffic projects - and improve traffic in Bangkok and outlying provinces.
Called Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), the master plan aims to provide fundamental solutions to issues concerning transport, traffic accidents, congestion and pollution.

The OTP said ITS would deal with these issues through the most advanced communications and control technology.

Chula Sukmanop, director of OTP’s transport system development division, said ITS was expected to help traffic flow in the capital and result in Bangkok motorists spending less time on the roads.

“The objective of the ITS is to enhance traffic safety, to smooth traffic flow and to improve the environment,” Chula said.

Recently, the Traffic Control and Management Commission approved a Bt20-million budget for the development of the master plan with the hope of turning the plan into reality within five years.

The master plan will be integrated into existing intelligent-transport systems. It is expected to reduce accidents and congestion while saving energy and protecting the environment.

There are six subsystems under ITS: the Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS), Advanced Traveller Information Systems, Advanced Vehicle Control Systems, Commercial Vehicle Operation, Advanced Public Transportation Systems, and Advanced Rural Transport Systems.

ATMS is designed to provide automated highway systems and advanced cruise-assist highway systems.

Asina Pornwasin
Nation Multimedia Group
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