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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:29 AM   #401
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Japan group to build train system in Bangkok: report
3 November 2013
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A Japanese consortium will build an urban transit system in Bangkok, as part of Japan's drive to expand exports of railway infrastructure to the rest of Asia, a report said Sunday.

East Japan Railway, trading house Marubeni and electronics giant Toshiba have landed the deal, at an estimated price of around 40 billion yen ($405 million), the business daily Nikkei reported.

Under the deal, ordered by Bangkok Metro Public Co., the consortium will construct a new 23-kilometre (14-mile) rail line in the Thai capital, the daily said, adding the rail operation is set to start in 2016.

The Japanese group will supply 63 train cars and build the power grid, signals and rail yards as well as 16 stations for the project.

It will also provide maintenance services under a 10-year contract and about 20 technicians with operational expertise will be stationed in Bangkok, the report said.

Japanese railway operators are expected to broaden their reach overseas by joining forces with heavy-industry manufacturers and trading houses to promote comprehensive services, Nikkei said.

East Japan Railway will aim now to win a contract to build a high-speed train line between Malaysia and Singapore, the report said.

Another Japanese train operator, Central Japan Railway, has already provided technology for renovating the automatic train control system of Taiwan's super-express train service, Nikkei said.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Metro, which runs an intricate subway network in the Japanese capital, has been cooperating in an urban train project in Hanoi, the daily said.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 07:05 AM   #402
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Are these standard metro systems or monorails?
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 07:33 AM   #403
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that news refer to MRT Purple line. (standard metro)
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:04 AM   #404
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Old November 29th, 2013, 09:08 AM   #405
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Monorail Yellow Line Final design

construction will start in 2014

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Old December 6th, 2013, 08:24 AM   #407
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We had four day overseas trip in Bangkok

We did try the Bangkok Metro and BTS Skytrain.

All I can say is:
Bangkok Metro = feels good; the airconditioning system at Kamphaeng Phet station is really cold (especially after feeling the blazing heat from shopping at the Chatuchak Weekend Market)

however

BTS Skytrain = damn that's tiring; stairways all the way.........and starting from Mo Chit station, it was already crowded. Even as we got past Siam and Chid Lom stations; the crowds and congestion were still there.

All I can say is: The difference between Bangkok Metro MRT and BTS Skytrain is like night-and-day.

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Old December 7th, 2013, 03:11 AM   #408
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Silom Line extension

Extension of Skytrain's Silom Line from Talat Phlu to Bang Wa took place 2013.12.05.


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Old December 24th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #409
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The reality of implementation dates for new metro lines in Bangkok - be skeptical and expect delays!
Bangkok similar to other sprawling SE Asian cities requiring much needed new metro lines such as Manila, Jakarta and HCM suffers from poor policy implementation. (Though BKK has at least built more than the other 3 combined - Jakarta and HCM are coming to the party very late). Dehli is perhaps a good example of building a proper network in a short time - amazing really given all of the other much delayed transport projects in India.

As such, much of the current planned new lines and or exts are years behind what were their original construction schedule, some by a decade such as the BTS ext north of Mo Chit which was originally due to open in 2008. Political instability with changes of govt has been a factor in the last 8 years but not the sole reason. Much of the problem results from the policy process and implementation framework which is at times dysfunctional.

Experience has shown that one needs to be highly skeptical when dates of construction or openings are announced by decision makers. You'll can peruse back in the thread to read many examples where dates have already passed.

Even when construction starts one should always add 6-12 months as a minimum. The Purple Line is a good example with what was originally an early 2015 opening now slated for late 2016 or early 2017 (somehow the 2011, 8 week floods added over a year to the time frame. Other issues have added more). Bangkok is probably about 15 years behind where it should be on the metro expansion front due to these delays.

However, finally and belatedly we are in the midst of a metro construction boom as other posters have showing. 2013 was to be the year when 3 other lines/exts were also to be tendered thus further entrenching that boom.

2013: The following lines/exts were stated to be tendered in 2013 -

1) SRT ARL ext to DMK airport: mid 2013 tender,
2) MRTA Pink monorail line: mid 2013 tender which became end of 2013,
3) MRTA Orange line: 4th quarter 2013 tender
4) BTS Dark Green line , Mo Chit to Lam Lukka ext: (MRTA project) 2nd half of 2013 tender (the much delayed original BTS ext!)

Political instability yet again
In recent weeks Bangkok has experienced major anti-govt projects thus creating significant policy uncertainty. This culminated in the govt dissolving parliament on 9 Dec resulting in a major projects & transport funding bill (2.2 billion baht) lapsing.

The MRTA has already stated that this will delay the tenders for the Pink and Orange lines until late 2014 - though there are some other issues for the Pink line related to the choice of monorail rolling stock dictating final design. For the Orange line some resident protests about property acquisition are also impacting on final designs for a few stations.

If a the govt changes leading to policy changes or further protests delay the 2 Feb election, then the period of uncertainty could be prolonged.

The only tender which appears certain is the BTS ext north of Mo Chit where the budget was approved by Cabinet prior to the dissolution of parliament. That is said to be tendered in April 2014 for construction to start in November 2014.

The BMA Grey line which was originally stated to be tendered early next year - more hopeful than realistic - and construction shortly thereafter. Recently, the BMA has mentioned a 2015 start date and a 2018 opening. However, let's see what the outcome of the EIA process is.

2014: Currently, the situation for 2014 is seemingly the following

1) BTS Dark Green line (MRTA project), Mo Chit to Lam Lukka ext: Tender April 2014
2) MRTA Pink line: Tender late 2014 (an 18 month delay for the Pink line from mid 2013 for a line which previously delayed 2 yrs)
3) MRTA Orange line: late 2014 tender
4) SRT ARL ext to DMK: unknown tender date
5) BMA Grey monorail Line: now 2015
6) MRTA Yellow monorail Line: is also due for tender late 2014 but may be pushed back into 2015 due to the Pink Line delay

In summary, be skeptical of dates and timeline. They will change many times. We may even get lucky wtih an earlier tender date for one line. Updates will be provided as the picture becomes clearer. If two lines/exts start work in 2014, I'll be personally pleasantly happy. More than that will be a bonus. Sigh......!
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All I can say is: The difference between Bangkok Metro MRT and BTS Skytrain is like night-and-day.

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Question: Do they use Rabbit cards for the Bangkok Metro MRT? Or is it only for BTS Skytrain?
To answer your query, Rabbit was introduced in the 2nd quarter of 2012 & originally was stated that it would be available on the MRT by Dec 2012. (Promises have been made for an integrated BTS & MRT ticket every year since 2008 but the private operators have resisted such). As yet that has not happened.

Many a person has commented on the stupidity of needing a different ticket for each of the the 3 metro lines - ARL, BTS and MRT. A result of a lack of an integrated operator framework in the private concessionaire model.

The govt promised a multi-model common ticketing platform by 2015 at the 2011 election and recently MOUs were signed to that effect while also stating that it would take 2-3 years to implement. I won't hold my breath.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #411
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Published today:

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Bangkok metro projects face mixed outlook
11 Feb 2014

THAILAND: Work on urban rail projects in Bangkok is continuing amid the ongoing political turmoil, interim Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt reported following a tour of construction sites in the city on February 5.

Sittipunt provided a progress report on three metro projects. These were the extensions of the Blue Line at both ends, from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae and Bang Sue to Tha Phra, totalling 27 km (53% completed); the 18 km extension of the BTS Skytrain Green Line from Bearing to Samut Prakan (23% completed); and the 23 km Purple Line from Bang Sue (Tao Pun) to Bang Yai, which is 85% complete. This is likely to be the first of the routes to open, with test running scheduled for September 2016 and revenue service from early 2017. Sittipunt also suggested that a preferred bidder for the 18 km northern extension of the Green Line from Mo Chit to Ku Kot could be selected by mid-April.

Other planned urban rail investment is facing potentially significant delay because of the political situation. Among the projects awaiting government approval is the 23 km Orange metro line between Cultural Centre and Min Buri, where there would be an interchange with the planned 54 km Pink Line monorail from Khae Rai, also still to be approved.
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Old February 11th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #412
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Bangkok Metro Update

MRT Purple Line - 23 Km - 90% complete - expected opening 2017

MRT Blue Line Extension - 14 Km - 47% complete

BTS Green Line South Extension - 12.8 Km - 10% complete

SRT Red Line - 26 Km - 6% complete


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BTS Green Line North Extension - 11.4 Km - Approved

MRT Pink Line Monorail - 36 Km - Waiting for cabinet approval

MRT Orange Line - 20 Km - Waiting for cabinet approval

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Old February 13th, 2014, 07:35 AM   #414
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What is the current status of the Sky Walk system? Will it be extended?
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Bangkok SkyTrain funding approved
17 Apr 2014

THAILAND: The cabinet has approved Ministry of Finance loans to Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand for the construction of three SkyTrain lines in Bangkok.

As well as being used to pay off debts and related expenses, the loan includes 10·9bn baht towards construction of the Purple Line from Bang Yai to Bang Sue; 4·5bn baht allocated to the Blue Line from Hua Lampong to Bang Kae and from Bang Sue to Tha Phra; and 1·6bn baht earmarked for the Green Line from Bearing to Samut Prakan.

All three lines are already under construction. The total cost of the Purple Line is estimated at 37·7bn baht, the Blue Line 55bn baht and the Green Line 17bn baht
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