Bangkok Yellow Line Monorail starts carrying passengers
Posted on 5th June 2023 at 12:05
The Yellow Line monorail in the Thai capital Bangkok. (Mall Bangkok)
On 3 June passengers could start riding the Yellow Line monorail for the first time, though only as a trial service with one month of free rides before revenue service starts.
The 28.7km elevated line will link Lat Phrao and Sarong, although the former terminus is not in use yet, with trains reversing at Hua Mak (16.7km).
Operated by the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company, the line has been under construction since 2017 (and was originally intended to open in October 2021) by the BSR consortium consisting of BTS Group, Sino-Thai Engineering and Ratchaburi Electricity.
Daily testing started in November 2021 using the first of 28 Bombardier Innovia 300 four-car sets manufactured in China by CRRC Nanjing Puzhen in a joint venture. The trains offer a capacity of 17 000 passengers/hour/direction.
The full line will have 23 stations and cost THB 55bn (USD 1.6bn) under a 30-year PPP contract. An extension to 30.4km is planned. Bangkok is close to completing a second (Pink) monorail line.
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