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Old October 5th, 2005, 07:58 AM   #61
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i like those door thingies, good idea
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Old October 5th, 2005, 08:06 AM   #62
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Here some cool props....

On Screen-Door Commercial.







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Old October 7th, 2005, 06:25 AM   #63
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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:08 PM   #64
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Funky ads!

Some brief observations from Singapore's new NE line in comparison to Bkk:

- They have longer trainssets.
- All trains have integrated LCD screens.
- Information screens near the entrance and on the platforms. Very useful.
- Lots of station art related to the area to make each station easy to recognize.

- Bkk's token system seems more convenient.
- Train-platform door alignment is way faster and more accurate in Bkk.
- IMO the color scheme in the Bkk trains is nicer.
- Station entrances are easier to locate in Bkk.

All in all I think they are about equally good.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 06:22 PM   #65
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Good to see a subway system. However, am I the only one that thinks the platform lighting is very depressing, reminding one of a hospital corridor?
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:03 PM   #66
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I read that the dark lighting was designed to deter loitering while being bright enough to create a sufficiently pleasant travel mood. The stations are quite nice, if not a bit similar to each other.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 11:01 PM   #67
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Take this photo:

I don't know about anyone else, but I'd get claustrophobic. The ceiling's aren't that high, the lighting is institutional, and just blasé. Some of the exteriors of the stations are really nice though.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 05:24 AM   #68
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Thanks Chad for the screen door ads pics..
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Old February 7th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #69
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Thai subway firm to raise up to $147 mln in mid Feb IPO

BANGKOK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Bangkok Metro PCL (BMCL), which operates the Thai capital's subway line, said on Monday it plans to raise up to $147 million in its initial public offering (IPO) in mid-February to finance its expansion.

BMCL planned to sell up to 2.86 billion shares, including up to 1.31 billion new shares and the rest from existing shareholders, it said in a statement. It would also issue 300 million shares in an overallotment option.

The IPO was expected to be worth up to 5.72 billion baht ($147 million) after Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpisal said last week the IPO price would be 1.8-2.0 baht a share.

The share sale would be in mid-February and BMCL shares would start trading on the exchange later in the month, managing director Sombat Kitjalaksana told reporters.

The proceeds would be used to buy five trains over the next two years, repay debt and for working capital, he said. The company has said it will buy trains from Germany's Siemens .

The IPO comes as the Thai government plans to accelerate $43 billion of spending on infrastructure projects, including extensions of mass transit routes after the success of Bangkok's Skytrain and subway in reducing traffic problems.

Sombat said BMCL was interested in operating the new routes.

Montree Sornpaisarn, chief executive of Kim Eng Securities , the IPO's financial adviser, said 40 percent of the IPO would be offered to foreign investors.

Retail investors would be offered 40 percent of the IPO and the rest would be sold to financial institutions, he said.

A roadshow for the IPO to retail investors would be held on Friday and the book building process for the IPO to institutional investors would be on Feb. 10, he said.

BMCL operates 19 trains, carries an average 170,000 passengers per day and has average revenues per day of 4 million baht. The break even point is estimated at 240,000 passengers per day, according to a BMCL executive.

Finance manager Pornpimol Chirtchoochai said BMCL would report a profit in 2008 and wipe out its retained losses in 2011, when it would pay a dividend. BMCL planned to raise fares this year.

BMCL, awarded a 25-year contract to operate Thailand's first underground railway, has delayed the listing several times since it started operations on July 3, 2004, citing poor market conditions.

BMCL is 29.4 percent owned by construction contractor CH Karnchang , 14.5 percent by property firm Natural Park , 19.7 percent by Bangkok Expressway and 9.9 percent by Krung Thai Bank .

BMCL has said it will raise another 3.05 billion baht by offering shares to the state-run Mass Transit Authority of Thailand and its employees before launching the IPO.

The cabinet gave approval to the Mass Transit Authority to borrow from state banks to pay for shares to keep its 25 percent stake in BMCL, Pongsak said last week. ($1=38.95 Baht)
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Old February 8th, 2006, 06:12 PM   #70
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I must say, riding the metro is depressing....If a route was covered by the Skytrain, I'd choose the Skytrain no question about it.

Its like entering the underworld...........blech...........
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Old February 9th, 2006, 06:29 AM   #71
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Thai subway firm delays IPO again

BANGKOK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Bangkok Metro PCL (BMCL), which operates the Thai capital's subway line, has put its $147-million initial public offering on hold again due to unfavourable market conditions, its underwriter said on Wednesday.

"Due to the political uncertainties which affect investor confidence, we decided to delay the IPO until the situation becomes clearer," Montree Sornpaisarn, chief executive of Kim Eng Securities , said in a statement.

Montree did not give a specific timeframe for the IPO, but said it should happen in the first quarter of this year.

Market sentiment has been weighed down by political concerns after a peaceful anti-government demonstration at the weekend. Media tycoon Sondhi Limthongkul has announced that another would be held on Feb 11.

At 0919 GMT, the main Thai stock index <.SETI> was down 0.87 percent at 736.92 points after hitting a 3-week low of 735.88 earlier.

The company plans to sell up to 2.92 billion shares -- up to 1.31 billion new shares and the rest from existing shareholders -- and to issue 300 million shares in an overallotment option.

The IPO was expected to be worth up to 5.8 billion baht ($147 million) after Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpisal said last month the IPO price would be 1.8-2.0 baht per share.

The proceeds would be used to buy five trains over the next two years, repay debt and for working capital.

The Thai government plans to accelerate $43 billion of spending on infrastructure projects, including extensions of mass transit routes after the success of Bangkok's Skytrain and subway in reducing traffic problems.

BMCL operates 19 trains, carries an average 170,000 passengers per day and has average revenues per day of 4 million baht. The break even point is estimated at 240,000 passengers per day, the company has said.

BMCL, awarded a 25-year contract to operate Thailand's first underground railway, has delayed the listing several times since it started operations on July 3, 2004, citing poor market conditions.

The company is 29.4 percent owned by construction contractor CH Karnchang , 14.5 percent by property firm Natural Park , 19.7 percent by Bangkok Expressway and 9.9 percent by Krung Thai Bank . ($1=39.54 Baht)
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Old July 5th, 2006, 07:44 AM   #72
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Subway operator defies call to delay fare rises
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The subway operator, Bangkok Metro Co Ltd (BMCL), defied a cabinet call yesterday to delay the subway fare increases for another 30 days. In rejecting the call, it said the move was in line with a concession contract as the announcement of the new fares was made to the public in advance.

The fares have been increased by one to three baht since Monday and the BMCL insisted it would roll back its new fares only if the government agreed to pay it daily compensation of around 300,000 baht for 30 days, according to a meeting between BMCL managing director Sombat Kitjalaksana and Anchalee Chawanit, executive of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA).

The MRTA, under the Transport Ministry, has given a concession to the BMCL to run the 20km city subway from Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue.

The BMCL said yesterday that it was waiting for the MRTA's reply on whether it would pay the compensation.

Though the cabinet yesterday agreed with the fare rises, it called for the delay so that commuters would be notified at least one month in advance of the new fares by the MRTA and the subway operator.

But caretaker government spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee insisted that the increases also required approval from the cabinet.

The new fares drew complaints from many commuters on Monday who were unaware of the change. The fares went up from 14-36 baht, depending on the distance travelled, to 15-39 baht.

As the subway operator increased the fares without taking proper steps, it would be asked to compensate commuters for the hike, although the method of compensation had yet to be worked out.

However, the cabinet decision appeared to be contrary to the perception of the BMCL, which believe it has followed every step stated in the concession contract before setting the new fares.

The company has claimed that it had informed the MRTA well in advance of the planned fare rises and had been given the go-head before the new fares were announced.

Yiamchai Chatkaew, acting MRTA governor, said earlier on June 1 that the MRTA would inform the cabinet of the increases. However, the MRTA only did so yesterday.

''The mistake occurred because the BMCL and the MRTA had different views on legal conditions,'' Ms Anchalee said.

Meanwhile, two subway locomotives broke down at the Lumpini station yesterday, forcing a delay in the resumption of services by 20 minutes.
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Old July 6th, 2006, 02:57 AM   #73
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Wow, it's so nice! Go BKK!

I can't wait until Manila's subway will be completed!
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Old July 13th, 2006, 12:41 AM   #74
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Thai subway firm BMCL delays $153 mln IPO again

BANGKOK, July 12 (Reuters) - Bangkok Metro PCL (BMCL), operator of the Thai capital's subway, has delayed a $153 million initial public offering this month but still hopes to float this quarter, its adviser said on Wednesday.

BMCL, which has postponed the IPO several times, wanted time to assess market conditions before going public, Sittichai Mahaguna, executive vice president of Kim Eng Securities , told Reuters.

"We are still looking at the market but think we are not likely to make it in July as planned. But we will try to do it within the third quarter," he said.

The main stock market <.SETI> closed up 0.2 percent on Wednesday but has still fallen 4 percent so far this year.

Market sentiment has weakened in the wake of an inconclusive April general election -- later ruled unlawful by courts -- that has left Thailand with a caretaker government and no parliament.

The political crisis is slowing economic growth, hurting consumer confidence and companies' sales.

BMCL has said it plans to sell up to 2.92 billion shares -- up to 1.31 billion new shares and the rest from existing shareholders -- and issue 300 million shares in an over-allotment option.

The IPO was expected to be worth up to 5.8 billion baht ($153 million) after Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpisal said in January the IPO price would be 1.8-2.0 baht per share.

The proceeds would be used to buy five trains over the next two years, repay debt and for working capital, the firm has said.

Awarded a 25-year contract to operate Thailand's first underground railway, BMCL has delayed the listing several times since it started operations in July 2004, citing poor market conditions.

The company is 29.4 percent owned by construction firm CH Karnchang , 14.5 percent by property company Natural Park , 19.7 percent by Bangkok Expressway and 9.9 percent by Krung Thai Bank . ($1=37.85 Baht)
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Old July 13th, 2006, 03:32 AM   #75
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HOw they do that screen door ad? Is it a projection of some kind?
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Old July 13th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #76
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BKKs metro system is clean and efficient - but too damn cold!
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Old July 13th, 2006, 02:10 PM   #77
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HOw they do that screen door ad? Is it a projection of some kind?
Yes it's rear projected. I think it's a ubiq window, like this


It announces train arrivals before the train itself arrives and thereby cuts off the projected picture. Ubiq windows are becoming popular in some shopping centers also
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Old October 22nd, 2006, 07:22 PM   #78
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Nice.
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BANGKOK | Thailand Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link

The Suvarnabhumi Airport Link is an airport rail link under construction from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the planned City Air Terminal in Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand.

Construction of the line started in 2005. As of October 2006, the line is 44% complete and is expected to be ready for service in October 2008. A second stage, continuing along the BERTS alignment from Phayathai north to Don Muang (site of Don Muang International Airport), is also planned.

The line will be 28.6 km long and is elevated for most its length, running above existing right-of-way, with a short at-grade connection to the airport. Both non-stop Suvarnabhumi Airport Express services (known informally as the Pink Line) and stopping Suvarnabhumi Airport City Line services (the Red Line) will be operated. Siemens Desiro trainsets, capable of a speed of up to 160 km/h, will be used, with Express journeys taking 15 minutes and Commuter trips 27 minutes.

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Phayathai Station interchange with BTS


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