Silom extended-electric train route to operate early next year

August 6th, 2008 - 11:43 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expresses confidence that the electric train route extension on the Silom Line will start providing transportation services in March next year.

Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin says the extended route, beginning from Thonburi Station to Wongwian Yai (วงเวียนใหญ่) Station, is 2.2 kilometers and the signaling system is now being installed. More than 40% of the system has been completed and a train operation testing is expected to take place during the period from December, 2008, to January, 2009, the governor says.

The governor states that BMA has instructed the Traffic and Transportation Department to turn an area under the Thonburi Station into a Park & Ride area which can accommodate about 200 personal cars. In addition, BMA has planned to arrange 10 routes of shuttle busses, two for each route, to transport electric train passengers.

As for the fares, Mr Apirak says they will start at 10 baht which is the same rate used by the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BMTA) during the first phase of its operation. However, the governor says BMA will discuss the fares again with relevant units.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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