Green Line Extension Opens Dec. 6 With 60,000 More Queuing To Board Your Train

Published on 28th November 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Green Line Extension Opens Dec

New signs in BTS Sukhumvit Line stations pointing people to Kheha have gone up as city hall prepares to open the entire Green Line extension Dec. 6.

The nine-station extension will be free to travel until April 16, a good thing as most people had not even figured out where Samrong was before the signs changed Wednesday. (Samrong is the first station in the extended line, but has been the end of the Green Line.)

Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang and executives of the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc, which operates the Skytrain, surveyed the extension Tuesday to ensure its ready for the hoardes of people expected to pack on to already crowded trains.

Officials estimate 60,000 Samut Prakanians will jam onto BTS carriages in the first year with that number swelling to 100,000 the second year. Be sure to pack your shoehorn while commuting.

The 13-kilometre suburban line runs through Khlong Samrong, Theparak, Pu Jao Saming Prai and Samut Prakan City Hall intersections as well as the Erawan Museum and Phraksa and Sailuad junctions.

Construction began in early 2012 and finished last year. Travel time between Beautiful Bearing and Kheha Where is about 20 minutes.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will run the entire Green Line from Kheha to Kukot after the Cabinet transferred city hall the property from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand. The MRTA also passed along the bill for construction, leaving the BMA on the hook for 51.8 billion baht. Needless to say, city hall is going to need a loan.

Once fully open to the north and east, the Green Line, now fondly remembered as the Sukhumvit Line, will stretch 56 kilometres and 47 stations. Perhaps at one of them you’ll be able to get a seat.

(Pic cr.@Wiroon_PJ)

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