1) Unclogging Chiang Mai’s Traffic Congestion

Link to Full Policy Proposal: Unclogging Chiang Mai’s Traffic Congestion

Link to Presentation Slides: Session 4 – Group 1

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Fu Yaqin, Saw Chun Kiat, Tan Lu Hsia, Xu Kuang

As one of the fastest-growing secondary cities in Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai is undergoing rapid urbanisation. Due to the absence of effective traffic demand management policies, public transport investment, and a lack of integrated transport and land use planning over many years, the automobile-dependent city is facing pressing urban transport challenges such as growing traffic congestion, high accident rates, and worsening air pollution. These problems not only compromise Chiang Mai’s liveability and environmental sustainability but also pose a direct threat to the tourism industry – one of the city’s main economic drivers. While it is hardly possible to eradicate congestion in a growing and economically-vibrant city like Chiang Mai, sound policies should be deployed as soon as possible to mitigate traffic-related problems to ensure the city’s sustainable development.

This project sets out to analyse the factors that have contributed to Chiang Mai’s traffic congestion and to come up with policy alternatives that could mitigate the problem. Developing an effective congestion management system requires broad and holistic changes involving long time horizons and high costs. Working within the allocated budget of $17,000, the project team proposes small-scale policy alternatives which could have an effect on road users’ behaviour to reduce road congestions and the use of private motor vehicles. Specifically, this project will examine the possible ‘nudging’ effects through the use of parking management tools, with a view towards designing a pilot experiment using the allocated budget.