Phnom Penh to get first skytrain system

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital notoriously undersupplied with public transport facilities, will get a skytrain system for which a feasibility study will start in August this year.

The skytrain network, which is inspired by Bangkok elevated metro system BTS, is expected cost around a $800 million and, as a start, would consists of three routes running through Phnom Penh and connecting the airport and a suburban bus station with the city in a quest to combat rising traffic congestion as the city gets busier over years of substantial economic growth.

The investment would come from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, which reached a deal with the government of Cambodia to finance the line, reportedly in exchange for other business and investment incentives.

Called the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) line, the proposed electric skytrain would include more than ten stations and have the capacity of a three-car train to accommodate 330 people each.

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In the first phase, the city center and the northern, southern and western suburban areas would be connected.

The first route (light green in the map) will run along Monivong Boulevard from north to the south. The second route (blue line) will connect Monivong Boulevard and the International Airport alongside the Russian Boulevard. Both will be connected to Phnom Penh’s main railway station.

The third route (dark green) will connect the Central Market to Monireth Boulevard and run along Veng Sreng Boulevard to the Chom Chao roundabout and its bus terminal and the further to the International Airport where it meets the blue line.

A later line (red line) could connect the city center with the new business district and upscale residential on the Chroy Changvar peninsula across the Tonle Sap River, and further south to Diamond Island, Phnom Penh’s new entertainment district and lead back to the city center. Another line could run through the Western part of the city and connect to the light green line to form a circle route.

Reportedly, real estate agencies are already witnessing price rises of property along the planned routes.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital notoriously undersupplied with public transport facilities, will get a skytrain system for which a feasibility study will start in August this year.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital notoriously undersupplied with public transport facilities, will get a skytrain system for which a feasibility study will start in August this year.

The skytrain network, which is inspired by Bangkok elevated metro system BTS, is expected cost around a $800 million and, as a start, would consists of three routes running through Phnom Penh and connecting the airport and a suburban bus station with the city in a quest to combat rising traffic congestion as the city gets busier over years of substantial economic growth.

The investment would come from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA, which reached a deal with the government of Cambodia to finance the line, reportedly in exchange for other business and investment incentives.

Called the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) line, the proposed electric skytrain would include more than ten stations and have the capacity of a three-car train to accommodate 330 people each.

Click to enlarge

In the first phase, the city center and the northern, southern and western suburban areas would be connected.

The first route (light green in the map) will run along Monivong Boulevard from north to the south. The second route (blue line) will connect Monivong Boulevard and the International Airport alongside the Russian Boulevard. Both will be connected to Phnom Penh’s main railway station.

The third route (dark green) will connect the Central Market to Monireth Boulevard and run along Veng Sreng Boulevard to the Chom Chao roundabout and its bus terminal and the further to the International Airport where it meets the blue line.

A later line (red line) could connect the city center with the new business district and upscale residential on the Chroy Changvar peninsula across the Tonle Sap River, and further south to Diamond Island, Phnom Penh’s new entertainment district and lead back to the city center. Another line could run through the Western part of the city and connect to the light green line to form a circle route.

Reportedly, real estate agencies are already witnessing price rises of property along the planned routes.

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