BTS Skytrain, Bangkok

Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2001.

Many developing economies experienced fast-paced urbanization but were not serviced by a subway system. By the 1980s, the need 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.