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Old Feb 1, 17, 6:38 pm
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There were some reports this week that the green line extension from Bearing to Samut Prakan would be delayed at least until 2019...I think this was the next big planned expansion opening?

Decision due in Green Line extension dispute

THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Council will tomorrow decide whether to pay for an extension of the BTS Stytrain, known as the Green Line.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has asked Council to approve a budget of Bt3.55 billion to take over the extension – from Bangkok’s Bearing to Samut Prakan province – from the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA)

The Bt3.55 billion is the first instalment of the project’s total Bt21.4 billion for infrastructure construction.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30305327
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Old Feb 2, 17, 3:21 am
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4) BTS Dark Green line (Suk Line) Bearing to Paknam ext (MRTA): 12.6km, 7 stations (Work started mid 2012) - civil works progress 88%.
a) 1st stage (Bearing to Samrong) opens May/June 2017.
b) 2nd stage late 2018
Website: http://www.mrta-greenline.net/
As I posted in the Dec update, absent a major dispute this extension will be open by late 2018 except for the 1st stage from Bearing to Samrong.

MRTA & BMA are still stating that the 1st stage will open in April but I always expect delays which is why I listed it for May/June. The rest of the ext might progressively open in stages thereafter during 2018.

This extension is outside the province of Bangkok which is why unlike all other BTS extensions, it was contracted by the MRTA. The MRTA subsequently wanted to shift it to the BMA and this ongoing delay in completing an agreement is essentially a dispute regarding the exact payments that the BMA will make to the MRTA. Essentially, the BMA has agreed to 'take on' the nearly completed project, they just understandably want to reduce the amount paid to the MRTA.

(It is also worth remembering that this is a 9 station ext for which only 7 stations have been built. The other 2 will be built in years to come which the BMA will be mindful of)

For openings this year it should basically be;

1) BTS Suk line Bearing to Samrong - April/May/June
2) MRT Blue Line Bang Sue to Tao Poon - Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec.
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Old Feb 10, 17, 12:17 am
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Orange Line
The 6 contracts for the Phase 1 of Orange Line were signed yesterday after negotiations between the MRTA and winning bidders.

Construction should commence in the 2nd half of the year with an planned opening date of 2023. (Add 1 year to that.Remember that this line was originally due to be tendered before the end of 2014......)
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Old Mar 22, 17, 12:44 am
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4) BTS Dark Green line (Suk Line) Bearing to Paknam ext (MRTA): 12.6km, 7 stations (Work started mid 2012) - civil works progress 88%.
a) 1st stage (Bearing to Samrong) opens May/June 2017.
b) 2nd stage late 2018
The BTS Sukhumvit line 1st stage to Samrong should open in the first week of April, ie. in about 2 weeks. A couple of different dates have been provided but testing is due to be completed on 2 April. Thus, basically full services should commence on the 3rd ........save for any unexpected problems arising.

Orange Line construction update: some initial, preliminary site preparation works have commenced at a few locations which will be ongoing for the next few months but don't expect full construction works to start until the 3rd quarter of 2017.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:19 am
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4) BTS Dark Green line (Suk Line) Bearing to Paknam ext (MRTA): 12.6km, 7 stations (Work started mid 2012) - civil works progress 88%.
a) 1st stage (Bearing to Samrong) opens May/June 2017.
The BTS Sukhumvit Line southern ext, 1st Phase to Samrong Station, has opened today.

It was going to be free rides from Bearing to Samrong for April but it seems that the PMs comments this morning during the opening ceremony has extended that period for rest of the year.

14) Blue Line west ext to Phutthamonthon sai 4: 8km, 4 stations elevated
Cabinet will approve this extension in the next week or so. If the tender goes smoothly, the MRTA hopes that construction will begin in the 4th quarter of 2017.
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Old Apr 9, 17, 6:47 pm
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The BTS Sukhumvit Line southern ext, 1st Phase to Samrong Station, has opened today.
If I'm reading the map correctly, it looks like one more stop after Bearing?

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Old Apr 9, 17, 8:02 pm
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If I'm reading the map correctly, it looks like one more stop after Bearing?

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Yes, ~ 1 Km beyond. But ceremoniously into the nearby province of Samut Prakan. Near Sukhumvit Soi 80/113 & Theparak Road, Big C/Imperial World Samrong, Samrong Hospital, closer to Erawan Museum.

It seems like in-bound service on the Sukhumvit line has been a bit off since Samrong was added. Trains getting too far apart, and too close. Probably just working out the bugs?
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Old Jul 18, 17, 12:44 am
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1) 'Missing Link' to open 11 August
The much delayed 'missing link' between Bang Sue and Tao Poon will finally open on 11 August. Only 1 year after the Purple line opened.....
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/tran...-mrt-on-aug-11

You can see the gap between the two lines on the Urbanrail map, http://urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

The Phase 2 Southern extension of the Purple line of the is due for a tender in the next few months and it is expected that it will start construction in 2018.

2) Orange Line starts full construction
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Orange Line
The 6 contracts for the Phase 1 of Orange Line were signed yesterday after negotiations between the MRTA and winning bidders.

Construction should commence in the 2nd half of the year with an planned opening date of 2023. (Add 1 year to that.Remember that this line was originally due to be tendered before the end of 2014......)
The Orange Line has started construction at a few sites so expect delays along Minburi end of Ramkhamhaeng rd.

I'm also about to lose the MRTA football field that I play sport on each week for the Rama 9 station! The sacrifices that we make.....

3) 7 lines/ext under construction by the end of 2017
I'll post a general update soon to provide a full picture. By the end of this year the following lines/exts will all be under construction;

1) MRT Blue Line ext,
2) BTS Sukhumvit line southern ext,
3) BTS Sukhumvit line nothern ext,
4) SRT Dark Red line,
5) MRT Orange line,
6) MRT Pink monorail line,
7) MRT Yellow monorail line.
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what's the current state of the combined payment (Spider) card plan?
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Old Jul 22, 17, 5:53 am
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what's the current state of the combined payment (Spider) card plan?
The Mangmoom card, it will start to be introduced on buses from October if the BMTA sticks to the MOT timeframe.

However, on the metro side the situation is bleaker than it appeared to be early this year.

None of the metro operators have started work yet to modify their ticketing platforms for the card. They see no advantage in doing so and will do nothing until forced. Blame the government for not forcing them. Some estimate that it will take 1 year to implement after the govt forces them to proceed.

I've said for many years that this is one of the fundamental flaws with the private concessionaire model used in Bangkok by the MOT. It really is stupid.

So keep those 3 cards (ARL, MRT & BTS) as you'll still be needing them for some time it seems!
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Thanks for the sad news
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Old Aug 7, 17, 12:09 am
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Expansion of Taksin station gets go-ahead


Work is expected to commence before the end of this year and completed in about two years.

The only inconvenience the commuters will face during the constructions phase is that the trains will not stop at the station, leaving officials to figure out how BTS will help passengers who usually use...


http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...-gets-go-ahead
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Expansion of Taksin station gets go-ahead


Work is expected to commence before the end of this year and completed in about two years.

The only inconvenience the commuters will face during the constructions phase is that the trains will not stop at the station, leaving officials to figure out how BTS will help passengers who usually use...


http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gene...-gets-go-ahead
Much better news than the last news we heard, that the station would be closed and demolished. Hope the new design doesn't make traffic on the bridge even worse than it is. Maybe not bad if it only takes up some of the Thonburi-bound bridge lanes, not the jammed Bangkok-bound side, and even then maybe construction of extra road surface to expand the width of the bridge would be possible.

Happy to hear my home station will be staying open. (After it closes.) (This is Thailand!)
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Old Aug 10, 17, 3:19 am
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Expansion of Taksin station gets go-ahead

Work is expected to commence before the end of this year and completed in about two years.
There is no way that work will begin by the end of 2017! Back in 2014 the BMA was stating that the station would close and that a long 800m walkway to S5 would be built within 1 year!

The BMA don't even have a final design, let alone a budget. The Rural Highway Dept is still against this expansion of the station, but they have at least come up with a plan for widening the bridge spans.

Let's see how quickly this can progress. However, I doubt that we'll see work starting before mid 2018 and a late 2020/early 2021 completion seems more likely.
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Old Aug 10, 17, 3:38 am
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Much better news than the last news we heard, that the station would be closed and demolished. Hope the new design doesn't make traffic on the bridge even worse than it is. Maybe not bad if it only takes up some of the Thonburi-bound bridge lanes, not the jammed Bangkok-bound side, and even then maybe construction of extra road surface to expand the width of the bridge would be possible.
The basic solution by the Rural Highway Dept is too widen the spans/viaduct by 1.8m for the station on both outbound and inbound thus creating new space for the lanes to move outwards, as in this diagram



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