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BANGKOK SUBWAY

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

Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway
The Bangkok underground system began operating on Jul-03 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.

The Bt10 flat rate was offered until August 12 2004. From August 13 until July 3 2005, fares was ranged from Bt12 to Bt31. Some people expressed concern that many Bangkok commuters might shy away from the underground system after its promotional rate ended on August 12. The current promotional flat rate of Bt10 for the subway fare was cheaper than an air-conditioned bus.

Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway
The underground trains moved initially along a U-shaped route on the Chatuchak to Hua Lamphong. The MRT Blue Line is going from Tao Poon to Hua Lamphong. The MRT Purple Line, opened in 2016, is going from Khlong Bang Phai to Tao Poon. Tao Poon is the interchange station between RT Blue Line and MRT Purple Line.

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

Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway
Over the inauguration week-end, the number of passengers was about 300,000.

New Subways lines were opened in.

Bangkok Subway
Bangkok Subway
Initally there were no seats in the subway stations and no bin for littering.

Building the line had 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
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.

New lines and extensions on Blue / Purple lines are under construction.






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