MRTA expediting 3 BTS extension routes for completion by 2016
BANGKOK, 21 August 2010 (NNT) — The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) is expediting the construction of the Purple, Blue and Dark Green Lines of the BTS Skytrain, expecting their completion before 2016.
Acting Governor of the MRTA Yiemchai Chatkaew stated that the authority was now expediting the progress of the three BTS extension projects. They consist of the Purple Line from Bang Yai to Bang Sue, the Blue Line from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae and from Bang Sue to Tha Phra and the Dark Green Line from Mo Chit to Saphan Mai and from Bering to Samut Prakarn.
According to Mr Yiemchai, the Purple Line is set to be finished and ready for service in 2014 with more than 100,000 passengers expected per day. The Blue Line, on the other hand, is currently in the bidding process and its construction is expected to commence by the end of this year and be completed by 2016.
As for the Dark Green Line, there have been difficulties in its land expropriation for constructing a maintenance center and train parking station. This will likely cause a delay in construction and also increase the budget needed by at least two billion THB per kilometer. However, Mr Yiemchai assured the route’s readiness for operation by 2014.