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Good news and bad for Skytrain users
- Published: 5 May 2011 at 08.24
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Bangkok's Skytrain has a bright future, but that is not much help to commuters suffering today.
A train leaves Bang Chak station for Bearing station during a test of the new 5.25-kilometre extended BTS Skytrain route, which is scheduled to open on Aug 12. Passengers will be offered free rides to Onnuj and return from Aug 12 until Jan 1. APICHART JINAKUL
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Good and bad news for Skytrain users
There was good news and bad news for Bangkok’s commuters yesterday.
The good news is that the 5.25-kilometre extended BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit route from On Nut to Soi Bearing (Sukhumvit Soi 107) in Samut Prakan looks certain to open as scheduled on August 12.
Rides will be free until January 1st . The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has not yet decided on the fare after the free-ride period ends, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday.
Yesterday, the BMA governor took part in a test of the extended line, started in 2007 using the BMA’s own budget of 8.9 billion baht.
The bad news is commuters on the Silom line are suffering from technical glitches related to the testing.
Yesterday Skytrain services on the Silom Line ground to a halt for the second consecutive day due to the ongoing testing.
Passengers who had queued up to catch trains from the National Stadium to Wong Wian Yai stations had to wait at least 20 minutes after services were disrupted at 8am.
On Tuesday, commuters travelling on the same route faced a similar problem during the morning rush hour.
All trains were ordered halted at about 7.30am and services resumed at 9am, said Surapong Laohaanya, director for operations of the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTS).
The technical glitch occurred during the test of a signal system to ensure a smooth connection between the Sukhumvit Line (Mo Chit-On Nut) and the new extended line.
The signal systems of the Sukhumvit and Silom lines are linked, so the problem affected the Silom services too.
Because the rail system is designed to prioritise safety, all trains had to stop running when the problem occurred, Mr Surapong explained.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Supoj Wancharoen.
commuters - people who regularly travel between work and home คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
extended – made longer or larger ซึ่งยาวออกไป, ซึ่งกว้างออกไป, ซึ่งยืดออกไป
route – the roads, tracks, etc. used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) – the local government of Bangkok กรุงเทพมหานคร
budget – an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
glitch – a small problem or fault that prevents something from being successful or working as well as it should ความบกพร่องเล็กน้อย
grind to a halt – to come to a complete stop
consecutive – following one after another in order ติดต่อกัน
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
queue up – to stand in line waiting for something ต่อแถว
disrupted – interrupted and prevented from continuing smoothly by creating problems ขัดขวาง
similar – like somebody/something but not exactly the same คล้ายกัน
rush hour – a time of the day when large number of people are either going to or coming from work ช่วงเวลาเร่ิงด่วน
resume – to begin again after stopping for a period of time เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
operations – the activity or work done in an area of business or industry ปฎิบัติการ
ensure – to make certain that something happens or is done ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
smooth – happening or continuing without any problems โดยไม่มีปัญหา, มีประสิทธิภาพ
linked – connected เชื่อมโยง
prioritise – to put tasks, problems, etc. in order of importance, so that you can deal with the most important first จัดลำดับก่อน