Pattaya monorail has overwhelming support, city officials say

The monorails will comprise 3-4 coaches, no more than 52 meters long, with no less than 500 passengers at six persons to one square meter of space.

Over 80 percent of Pattaya residents support a monorail project approved last week and set to begin construction in 2024, city officials said.

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Pongtavee Lertpanyawith, head of the consulting team putting together the project’s feasibility and environmental-impact reports, said local response during the first two public hearings was overwhelmingly positive. However, there were concerns about adverse traffic effects during construction.

Deputy Manager Kiattisuk Sriwongchai chaired the 3rd meeting to listen to opinions regarding the Pattaya Dolphin Monorail project’s feasibility.

Speaking at an Aug. 20 presentation at the Redemptorist Convention Center, Pattaya, Pongtavee said people were concerned that Second Road already is narrow and building the pillars to support the elevated rail tracks will cause massive congestion.

The monorail sits 18 meters above street level with tracks supported by steel-reinforced concrete pillars 1.8 meters wide, allowing for minimal land expropriation and offering the most-affordable cost of three options considered.

Planners envision three train lines – Green, Purple and Red – that would by 2036 connect East Pattaya, downtown and Jomtien Beach.

The Green Line would run a nine-kilometer route from the Pattaya train station, along Highway 7 to North Road and on to Second Road, then turn off Thappraya Road and terminate at Bali Hai Pier. The initial cost estimates for this line alone are 21 billion baht, including parking structures, a 40-rai station and shopping mall.

The monorail begins at the High Speed railway station and runs along North Pattaya Road, down 2nd Road, then turns off of Thappraya Road and terminates at Bali Hai Pier.

The Purple Line would be built between 2027 and 2031 and would run from Nongprue Subdistrict to a Green Line station at the intersection of Pattaya’s South and Second roads.

The Red Line, serving Jomtien Beach, would be built from 2032-36, running from the Eastern National Indoor National Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2 along Jomtien Second Road to Pattaya Second Road and terminating at the Dolphin roundabout.

Deputy City Manager Kiattisuk Sriwongchai, who chaired the meeting, said inefficient public transport and traffic have been two factors inhibiting proper development of the city. The monorail will go a long way toward solving that, he said.

Thirteen stations will be built along the route from the main station to the Thappraya junction.


Hundreds of Pattaya residents filled the conference room at the Redemptorist Center Pattaya to listen and give their opinions regarding the Dolphin Monorail project.