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BANGKOK SUBWAY

The Bangkok subway was built with the Japan's help and was officially opened in July 2004 by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Officials hope that the subway will help to cut traffic and also pollution in Bangkok.

Bangkok Subway
The Bangkok underground system began operating on July 3 2004 with a flat Bt10 fare for all distances. The subway's trains can complete the 20-kilometre line in just a little over half-an-hour. Of its 18 stations, passengers can hop off at three stations and have connection to the Skytrain system.
Bangkok Subway

The Bt10 flat rate will be offered until August 12. From August 13 until July 3 next year, fares will range from Bt12 to Bt31. Some people expressed concern that many Bangkok commuters might shy away from the underground system after its promotional rate ends on August 12. The current promotional flat rate of Bt10 for the subway fare is cheaper than an air-conditioned bus.

The underground trains move along a U-shaped route on the Chatuchak-to-Hua Lamphong
Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway

TThe government wants to merge both companies operating the subway and skytrain, as it believes this would enhance the existing railway operation and facilitate future investment. The government plans to extend the railway services by another 248 kilometres by 2010.

Bangkok Subway
Over the inauguration week-end the number of passengers was about 300,000.
Bangkok Subway
Currently there are no seats in the subway stations and no bin for littering.
Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway

Building the line has been an engineering challenge, with tunnels cut deep into hard clay to avoid the soaked soil. Station entrances jut 90 cm above the pavement in order to prevent the annual flood waters streaming in.

Bangkok Subway
The Bangkok subway (MRT - Mass Rapid Transit) is very similar to Hong Kong subway (MTR - Mass Transit Railway) for train and station design. To open the gate, commuters have to insert a token.
Bangkok Subway



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