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Sunday, 5 December, 1999, 10:54 GMT
Bangkok's Skytrain goes into service



The city of Bangkok has inaugurated a futuristic new system to help ease its notorious traffic jams.

It's called the Skytrain -- an elevated electric railway that runs through some of the most congested parts of the Thai capital.

The system cuts across the city on a concrete viaduct and cost one-and-a-half-billion dollars to construct.

Officials say it is only part of a much bigger transport network for the capital, that will include an underground train line. The BBC correspondent in Bangkok says that while some critics say that Skytrain's fares are too high, there's also uncertainity about how Thais will respond to its strict rules -- which ban smoking, eating, drinking and, apparently, people wearing dirty clothes.

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