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Old October 22nd, 2015, 01:59 AM   #1301
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Journey on the Airport Rail Link, MRT Subway and BTS Skytrain.

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Old October 22nd, 2015, 02:13 AM   #1302
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BTS Dark Green and Light Green Lines

Thank you for all your posts, Codename B. However, you have confused the Dark Green and Light Green BTS lines. I would like to point out that the Dark Green Line will run from Lam Lukka to Bang Poo and the Light Green Line will run from Yotse to Taling Chan when completed.
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 12:25 PM   #1303
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It's the other way around. Sukhumvit line is light green line officially, while Silom line is dark green line officially.
MRTA has a mistake in their map and has switched the color between the two, however the official map by BTS shows the correct coloring.


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Old October 22nd, 2015, 03:53 PM   #1304
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BTS Dark and Light Green Lines

Once again Code B, I clarify, as a BTS long term investor, that the Dark Green line is running from Morchit to Bearing and the Light Green from National Stadium to Bang Wa. Go to the web page where you got the map from (which has the colours of the lines the wrong way round) and click on "Investor" at the top. You will then be able to download the latest monthly presentation which clearly states that the dark green line is the Sukhumvit line and the light green, the Silom line.
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 01:11 AM   #1305
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The map that they used in the presentation is from OTP, so it seems that they just followed the coloring by OTP. It's quite funny since it's their own line, and they still made a mistake. Many are also quick to point out this fact in thai forum. Maybe they finally decided to use the coloring by OTP.

This topic has also been briefly discussed 3 years ago. It's in thai though: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...159867&page=74
Basically the official Master plan map by OTP has Dark green line as Sukhumvit line, while BTS use light green line as Sukhumvit line.

I appreciate your concern, but in thai forum, we follow the coloring by BTS: BTS Light Green Lines Extension - Part 2. Thai news and many sites also use this color definition.

So for consistent updates, and to not get confused, when other people post updates on the line, it's better to keep this coloring.
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Old October 23rd, 2015, 09:31 AM   #1306
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MRT Blue line extension - (27 km) - 67.05%

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Old October 26th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #1307
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SRT Dark Red line - (26 km) - 48.65% - Operational in 2017

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Old October 27th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #1308
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MRT Blue line extension - (27 km) - 67.05% - Operational in 2018

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Old October 28th, 2015, 10:07 PM   #1309
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SRT Airport Rail Link - (28 km)

SRTET has recently installed lighting on all platforms and stations.

For the Airport Rail Link extension and Red line missing link extension they will be given to the cabinet for approval soon.













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Old October 28th, 2015, 11:19 PM   #1310
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Thank God! The stations were very dark. It was about time.
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Old October 29th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #1311
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Bangkok Skytrain operator set to buy more than 40 trains
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Bangkok Mass Transit says it is set to purchase new trains to cater to the spike in demand for public transport. CEO Surapong Laoha-Unya says the agency is set to splash out up to THB10 billion on up to 43 complete trains for use on the Skytrain network.

He continued by saying the new trains would be utilised on existing routes to increase service frequencies as well as on two new planned routes. The CEO said the agency still had not decided whether to buy all the trains at once or in stages.

Mr Laoha-Unya added that eight firms had said they would be bidding to supply the trains and these included Siemens and China CNR. He finished off by saying that the final decision on the bid would be made in the first months of 2016.

Current Thai prime-minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to improve the nation’s transport infrastructure and a part of the master-plan is to lay down 300kms of electric-train track in Bangkok. At present three different bodies operate the Skytrain, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link and the MRT underground.

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BANGKOK, 7 October 2015 (NNT) – The Ministry of Transport has appointed the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) to proceed the purchase of more trains for the Airport Rail Link (ARL) service to accommodate more passengers.

The Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has said after observing the operation of the ARL train service, connecting Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok run by SRT Electric Train Company (STRET), that the average number of passengers has reached 60,000 persons per day, exceeding the current operational capacity.

He said that additional trains will be required to enhance passenger service capacity, while the ARL now can only operate seven out of the total nine trains, as two are under maintenance until April 2016.

The new set of trains awaiting procurement consists of seven train sets with a total of 28 carriages. The new trains will help double the capacity, allowing service capacity to reach up to 120,000 passengers per day.

On this matter, the SRT governor Wuthichart Kalyanamitra has revealed that the SRT is now finalizing train specifications before proposing the details to the Public Debt Management Office by the end of this month.

He added that this procurement deal is expected to be finalized in December, and the new trains will be scheduled for delivery at early 2018, with a total budget of 4.8 billion baht, 4.4 billion of which is the price of the train and the remaining 400 million will be used on spare parts.

He has also stressed that there train specification lobbying, favoring any particular manufacturer, is non-existent. The proposed price of the new train sets is confirmed to be cheaper than the previous purchase.

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Old October 29th, 2015, 02:18 PM   #1312
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---------U/C---------122.2 km
MRT Purple line - (23 km) - 99.97% - Test run in December, Operational in August 12, 2016
MRT Blue line extension - (27 km) - 67.05% - Operational in 2018
BTS Light Green line South extension - (12.8 km) - 65.88% - Operational in 2020
BTS Light Green line North extension - (18.4 km) - 0.87% - Operational in 2020
SRT Dark Red line - (26 km) - 48.65% - Operational in 2017
SRT Light Red line - (15 km) - 100% - Waiting for electrification, operational in 2017

---------Ongoing Projects---------228.45 km
MRT Purple line extension - (19.8 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2020
MRT Orange line Minburi - (21 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2022
MRT Orange line Tallin Chan - (17.5 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2022
MRT Pink line Monorail - (34.5 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2020
MRT Yellow line Monorail - (30.4 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2020
SRT Dark Red line extension - (10 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2018
SRT Red line Missing Link extension - (25.5 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2019
SRT Airport Rail link extension - (21.8 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2019
BMA Gold line Light Rail - (2.7 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2017
BMA Grey line Monorail - (16.25 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2019
MRT Blue line Phuttamonthon Sai 4 extension - (8 km) - Construction in 2017, operational in 2021
BTS Dark Green line extension - (7.5 km) - Construction in 2018, operational in 2021
BTS Light Green line Bang Pue extension - (7 km) - Construction in 2018, operational in 2022
BTS Light Green line Lam Lukka extension - (6.5 km) - Construction in 2018, operational in 2022
Nice summary. Would be marvelous if all of these construction works really started next year.
Where do you get this information from, btw?
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All the information are from various thai news and also insider information from thai forumers and facebook groups. They are updated regularly.

However I try not to go in depth with the status of each line, as that would be too much translating to do. But in summary most of lines in the on-going projects category will be up for bidding early next year with construction to follows right after the bidding process.
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Old October 29th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #1314
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Do you know if there will be some track sharing between the Dark Red Line and the city line of the extended Airport Link?
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They are different systems, so there will be no track sharing, however they will share some stations with each other.
The dark red and light red line line use meter gauge (1000mm) and have more stations, while the Airport Rail Link use standard gauge (1.435mm).



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This is the route and stations for the ARL extension.

SRT Airport Rail link extension - (21.8 km) - Construction in 2016, operational in 2019



Start of the extension from Phaya Thai Station

http://suebsak.com/story/2013/10/life20131003.html

Jitlada Royal area
Separation between ARL, which use standard gauge and dark red and light red line, which use meter gauge.

http://suebsak.com/story/2013/10/life20131003.html

Ratchawithi Station



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Bang Sue Grand Station
The new rail hub of Thailand replacing Hua Lamphong Station.

http://suebsak.com/story/2013/10/life20131003.html

Lak Si Station

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Dom Mueang Airport Station

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They are different systems, so there will be no track sharing, however they will share some stations with each other.
The dark red and light red line line use meter gauge (1000mm) and have more stations, while the Airport Rail Link use standard gauge (1.435mm).
Ok. It seems quite wasteful, though. What's the point of having an Airport Link city line (not express line) extension running almost fully in parallel to the Dark Red Line? Wouldn't it suffice to connect the city line with Bang Sue station so people can go on further north using the Dark Red Line?
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They cater to different groups of people. The red lines as a project are formed to address traffic problems in outer Bangkok, but the Airport rail link purpose is to connects the two airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. It is also for people that are transferring planes between the two airports.

Airport rail link has less station and is faster, while the red lines commuter have more stations and more frequent trains, but is a slower service. Airport rail link City line is like an express for the red line. Furthermore since Airport rail link use standard gauge, part of the track will also be used for the High Speed Rail projects.

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1. Red line commuter is to solve the traffic gridlock along with the level crossings to allow those who live in suburbs to make a connection to city center, so it has a lot more stopping than Airport Rail Link.
2. Red line commuter is shared with regional trains.
3. The Airport Rail Link is to connect both airports.
4. The Airport Rail Link will function as the backbone for High Speed Train Networks.
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Ok. It seems quite wasteful, though. What's the point of having an Airport Link city line (not express line) extension running almost fully in parallel to the Dark Red Line? Wouldn't it suffice to connect the city line with Bang Sue station so people can go on further north using the Dark Red Line?
As Codename B reply. Airport rail link and Commuter train. Name alone already imply its purpose. And this is not the only case when you have 2 different system running in parallel. Even here in London you have 3 tube lines running parallel in some area.

Personally I'm not a fan of red line using 1 meter guage when the rest of metro system (and HSR for what's it worth) using standard one. But since that line was planned ages ago, and it was the initial plan for SRT to start the prototype of electrified long distance meter guage track. Hence I have nothing to object.

To be fair, the ARL extension from Bangsue to Donmueang has no intermedium station. Just one long stretch link from Bangsue to Donmueang airport only to make airport transfer easier (rather than stop at Bangsue and have to change to commute train, which is unconvinient and takes longer).

And since it will be shared by Chinese HSR, that's not such a waste. It serve its own purpose + additional usage.
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To be fair, the ARL extension from Bangsue to Donmueang has no intermedium station. Just one long stretch link from Bangsue to Donmueang airport only to make airport transfer easier (rather than stop at Bangsue and have to change to commute train, which is unconvinient and takes longer).
If that's the case I guess that means the Airport Link will only consist of one track between Bang Sue and Don Mueang. This track would then be used both by the city line and the express line of the Airport Link, i.e. there would be no useless duplication of the Dark Red Line. That's what I meant when I said it would suffice to let the city line track end at Bang Sue (or rather: merge it with the express line track).

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It will share the express line track of the Airport Link, but not the separate city line track.
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Sorry George Im not sure I follow. There is only one line (tracks) for ARL use by both City and Express line + Chinese HSR (Bangsue to Donmueang). There is no additional separate track for ARL.
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