The first week of the Purple Line has been such a total failure that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the rail line to find more commuters. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Purple line connects outer Bangkok with central Bangkok but only 20,000 users per day, not 60,000 as targeted.
Purple Line: Newly launched, but few using rail link to central Bangkok
The recently launched Purple Line that connects Nonthaburi to the heart of Bangkok has failed to meet its target of attracting 60,000 to 70,000 commuters per day.
Only about 20,000 people are using the route each day.
People who reach the end of the Purple Line in Bang Sue need to take a shuttle bus, walk or make their way to the Blue Line station in some other way in order to travel on into central Bangkok.
The missing link between the Purple Line and the Blue Line is one kilometer in length, so it is a little difficult to walk.
This inconvenience is the reason for the lack of interest in the new rail line, according to government officials.
LAUNCHED ON AUGUST 6TH
The 23 kilometer purple line route was officially launched on Aug 6.
The route runs from the Khlong Bang Phai terminal in Nonthaburi's Bang Bua Thong district to Tao Poon station in Bangkok's Bang Sue district.
Many commuters have complained that the route takes too long.
Some said the cost is too high and are staying away.
CALL FOR NEW STRATEGIES TO ATTRACT COMMUTERS
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to come up with new strategies to attract more commuters.
Gen Prayut urged the MRTA to explore the possibility of cutting fares, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
Shuttle bus between purple and blue lines.
CONNECTING THE PURPLE LINE TO THE BLUE LINE
Setting up the connection between two routes will take time.
MRTA governor Peerayuth Singpattanakul said yesterday said he had ordered officials to speed up the solution to technical problems and hasten work on the missing link between the two lines.
Once the connection is completed, the number of commuters is expected to increase to 100,000 per day, he added.
Gen Prayut, who heads the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), issued an order to use Section 44 under the interim charter to accelerate the work processes for the connection between the two routes.
Mr Peerayuth said the MRTA had hired Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Co (BEM) to solve technical problems.
Their report is expected to be finished in two months.
Directions on how to get to the blue line from the purple line.
SHARED TICKETS BETWEEN BLUE & PURPLE LINES, ONE POSSIBILITY
Regarding the desire to cut fares, he said the MRTA will hold talks with electric train concessionaires including the BEM, the Krungthep Thanakom, the operator of the BTS Skytrain and the State Railway of Thailand, the operator of the airport rail link, by next month.
They will discuss the use of shared tickets which would bring the price of tickets down. It is not yet known by how much.
The impressive map of the whole mass transit that connects all of Bangkok.
The Purple Line runs from Bang Sue to Bang Yai for 23 kilometres and 16 stations. Patipat Janthong
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accelerate : to happen or make something happen at a faster rate - เร่ง, เร่งความเร็ว, เพิ่มความเร็ว
according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
charter : a constitution - รัฐธรรมนูญ
come up with : to suggest or think of an idea or plan - คิดขึ้นมา
commuters : people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
complain : to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something - บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
complete (verb): to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์
concessionaire : a person or company that has the legal right given by a business or government to sell things - ผู้ได้รับสัมปทาน
connect : to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ
connection : something that connects two things, etc. - การเชื่อมต่อ การเชื่อมโยง
discuss (verb): to talk about something with somebody, especially in order to decide something - สนทนา, โต้ตอบ
expect (verb): to think or believe that something will happen or that somebody will do something - คาด, คาดว่า, คาดการณ์
explore : to examine something completely or carefully in order to find out more about it - สำรวจ,ตรวจ
fare : the money that you pay for a journey - ค่าโดยสาร
hasten : to make something happen sooner or more quickly - เร่งมือ
heart : centre (of an activity) - ศูนย์กลาง
in order to (prep): to cause something, to make something happen - เพื่อ, เพื่อที่จะ
inconvenience : an annoying problem or situation, especially one that forces you to make an extra effort to do something - ความไม่สะดวกสบาย ความลำบาก
interim : temporary and intended to be used or accepted until something permanent exists - ชั่วคราว
issue : to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
lack of : when there is not enough of something - ขาด
launch : an event held to start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มวางขาย
launch : starting something - การเริ่มต้น
link : a connection - การเชื่อมต่อ
make their way to : go to -
Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) (noun): a government agency under the Ministry of Transport of Thailand. It is responsible for overseeing the operation of rapid transit systems in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region - การรถไฟฟ้าขนส่งมวลชนแห่งประเทศไทย
missing : not included, often when it should have been - ขาดแคลน
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ
officially : publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
officials : people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
order (verb): to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
order (noun): something that somebody is told to do by somebody in authority - คำสั่ง
process : a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
reason (noun): why something happened or exists - เหตุผล
recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้
route : the roads, paths, waterways, etc., used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
route : the way that planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly - เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.
section : any of the parts into which something is divided - ส่วน
shuttle : to take people frequently between two places; to travel frequently between two places - ส่งไปส่งมา
solution : a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา
speed up (verb): make go faster -
strategy : a plan or method for achieving something, especially over a long period of time - ยุทธวิธี, แผนการ
target : something you want to achieve; a particular number or amount that you want to achieve - เป้าหมาย
technical : connected with the skills needed for a particular job, sport, art, etc; connected with practical methods for doing something - ในทางเทคนิค
terminal : a large building where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร