Pattaya's mayor has claimed that plans for tramway system look set to be completed next year.
A 70 million baht study for the Tramway will be completed by mid 2020, said mayor Sontaya Khunpleum.
The system will be designed to link up with the
bullet train linking three airports that has recently gained government approval. One of the stations on the route from Don Muang to U-tapao and Rayong will be in Pattaya.
But he cautioned that there was much work to be done. Following the
completion of the environmental impact and design survey process mid 2020 there will be consultative phases.
The project is a massive one, he said, and it is yet to be decided how the multi billion baht project will be financed. One involving
government and private sector finance under a PPP scheme is envisaged. Perhaps another is that China would pick up the tab as part of its belts and roads policy that is buying influence around the world.