MRTA signs Pink Line add-on deal
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) on Tuesday signed a contract to jointly invest in designing, constructing and finding an electric rail operation system to provide maintenance services to the Pink Line's 4-billion-baht Si Rat-Muang Thong Thani extension route.
Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who presided over Tuesday's contract-signing ceremony, said this specific extension route of the Pink Line was approved by the government as part of its efforts to upgrade the mass rail transport system in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces.
"Electric rail transport will not only help boost the economy but it will also improve the quality of life for commuters while being environmentally-friendly,'' said Mr Anutin.
The MRTA governor, Pakapong Sirikantaramas, said the main part of the Pink Line is scheduled to begin operating next year, while the extension is scheduled to be finished in 2024.
Consisting of two stations, the elevated extension will stretch 3 kilometres, he said, adding that construction of this extension is expected to take 37 months.
The extension will connect to the Pink Line's main section at Si Rat station and will extend to Muang Thong Thani along the Chaeng Watthana-Pak Kret 39 Road. The line will end near Muang Thong Thani's lake.
The Pink Line extension is expected to serve about 13,785 passengers per day, he said.