Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, the transport minister, said that there are already plans in place to complete the electric train routes in the capital in the next five years. With this improvement, the agency expects to handle over five million of commuter every day from the city. The upgrade will not benefit the locals alone but the tourists staying at design hotel in Sukhumvit and all over Bangkok.
Last week, the Ministry of Transport together with the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning held a campaign to promote the use of subways and skytrains among commuters and to use less personal vehicles when they travel.
The transport chief said that between 10 and 12 million people are currently residing and working in Bangkok, including the approximate number of unregistered individuals. Mr. Arkhom said that their main aim is to raise the number of passenger using the electric train to five times the current number. As a result, the traffic in the capital will also lessen.
Currently, the trains are only utilized by around 1.4 million commuters.
The new policy of the ministry called One Transport will create a smooth connection among all the different transports available. To make this possible, 10 electric train lines will be constructed and eight of them are already finalized with a plan.
The last line among the eight is the MRT Orange Line, which runs from the Thailand Cultural Centre going to the Min Buri, is expected to be ready in 2023.
The master plan of the ministry also covers the extensions of the MRT Blue Line, Green Sukhumvit Line and the State Railway of Thailand which is at the Red Line.
The very first monorail train of the country, the Pink Line as well as the Yellow Line will be launched to the public in 2021. This is based on announcements made by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand which is also the manager of the routes.
When the 10 train lines are completed, the capital will have an additional of 464 kilometres electric train route. Everything will be accessible to the tourists including the design hotel in Sukhumvit, markets, historical sites and other tourist attractions in Bangkok.