Pattaya City is proposing to solve traffic problems in the area with a cable car system.
A meeting was held yesterday (December 14th) and was led by the Pattaya City Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai and the head of Public Works of Pattaya City, Mr. Christ Cherdsuriya.
Swiss Advice Company presented the idea to Pattaya City. These cable cars are technology from BARTHOLET, a leading international company from Switzerland that specializes in cable and ropeway systems. Cable cars can transfer thousands of passengers per hour. The technology is best suited for Pattaya City to solve traffic problems and would be designed, implemented, and maintained by BARTHOLET.
The construction cost is not too high and needs less space than other proposals. The construction can also be done at night time which can reduce the effects to current traffic.
It is worth to invest and benefits a lot of users with cheap passenger fees, although a specific fee and pricing structure were not yet presented. The cable car can carry up to ten passengers at a time as well as be available for disabled people, said Swiss Advice Company representatives.
There will be three proposed routes for cable cars which would be along Pattaya Beach Road, Koh Larn, and Thap Phraya Hill. The project and proposal are expected to move forward early next year at which point budgets would be formally presented to the Pattaya City Council and relevant agencies. The Pattaya News will provide updates on this project and proposal as it moves forward.
The Pattaya News notes that plans for a monorail or tram are also still being discussed but the cable car system, long proposed to go directly up Thap Phraya Hill and connect Bali Hai Pier to the Pattaya City sign area, has now been looked at as a cheaper, easier to construct alternative.
Reactions to the plan on social media, however, were tepid with many readers doubting the project would ever get off the ground, pun intended.