Thailand, Bangkok Golden Line Approved

Thailand, Bangkok Golden Line Approved :The Thai Council of Ministers officially approved the Bangkok Golden Line on 6 September 2016.

The 2.68 km long elevated monorail will run in Western Bangkok, connecting Krung Thon Buri Skytrain station to Prajadhipok Road. The monorail will run on an elevated track and will hopefully ease traffic congestion in Thon Buri.

The project will be developed in two phases:

Phase 1 – 1.72 km from Krung Thon Buri Skytrain station to Taksin Hospital, planned to start operation in 2018
Phase 2 – 0.96 km from Taksin Hospital to Wat Anongkaram, currently scheduled for operation in 2023
With Phase 2 implemented the line will connect to the Purple Line close to Wat Anong Kham Ram.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), who will manage the development, reportedly plans to extend the Golden Line to ‘Asiatique The Riverfront’, a large riverside community mall. The line is expected to benefit many buildings and shopping complexes located nearby, including the new ‘Icon Siam’ riverside shopping mall.
The Golden Line will use a rubber tyre Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) system: a fully automated, driverless, grade-separated transit system in which vehicles are automatically guided along a ‘guideway’.

Each train will have 3 cars, with each car transporting 80 – 100 passengers. The ridership forecast is as follows:

47,000 patrons per day after Phase 1 has been developed
81,000 patrons per day after completion of Phase 2 in 2023

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is home to over 8 million people.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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