MRT Pink Line

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     MRT Pink Line
รถไฟฟ้าโมโนเรล สายสีชมพู
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Bangkok Metro
Status planned
Locale Bangkok & Nonthaburi Province, Thailand
Termini Khae Rai
Min Buri
Stations 30 (planned)
Operation
Opening 2017-18 (est.)[1]
Owner Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand
Operator(s) MRT
Technical
Line length 34.5 kilometers (21.4 mi) (est.)
No. of tracks 2 monorail tracks
Electrification Third rail
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Nonthaburi Government CenterBSicon exTRAM.svg
Khae Rai
Sanambin Nam
Samakkhi
Chonprathan
Pak Kret
Liang Mueang Pak Kret
Mueang Thong Thani
Si Rat
Mongkut Wattana
Bangkok Government Complex
Lak SiBSicon exTRAM.svg
Phranakhon Rajabhat
Lak Si RoundaboutBSicon exTRAM.svg
Lat Pla Khao
Rarmintra Government Housing
VacharapholBSicon exTRAM.svg
Nawamin
Khan Na Yao
Siam Park City
Bang Chan
Setthabut Bamphen
Sihaburanukit
MinburiBSicon exTRAM.svg

The Pink MRT line is a planned elevated mass rapid transit line to be built in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 35.5 km long Pink line will have 30 stations and will be a monorail line. It will run in the northern part of the city from east Bangkok in Minburi Bangkok along Ram Inthra Road to west Bangkok(Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi Province)
Chaeng Watthana Road and Tiwanon Road ending at The Nonthaburi Government Center. At the terminus there will be an interchange with the currently under construction MRT Purple Line and the proposed MRT Brown Line monorail which is currently under evaluation.

The line will also transfer with the SRT Dark Red Line which is under construction, the planned BTS Sukhumvit Line extension to Lam Lukka, the plannedBMA Grey Line in the future and interchange with the MRT Orange Line. As such, it will be an important cross city link in the northern area of Bangkok & Nonthaburi linking 5 lines along a major transport corridor.

List of planned stations[edit]

Originally, the line was to have 24 stations, 4 of which will be transfer stations and 2 of which will be "park & ride" stations. However, 6 new stations were added in mid 2012 for a total of 30 stations.

The line will also have 2 additional service stations for train maintenance.

Code Name No. of Platform Transfer(s) Province
Pk1 Nonthaburi Civic Center 4  Purple Line   Brown Line  Nonthaburi
Pk2 Khae Rai 2
Pk3 Sanam Bin Nam 2
Pk4 Samakkhi 2
Pk5 Chonlaprathan 2
Pk6 Pak Kret 2
Pk7 Liang Mueang Pak Kret 2
Pk8 Chaeng Wattana-Pak Kret 28 2
Pk9 Mueang Thong Thani 2
Pk10 Si Rat 2
Pk11 Mongkut Watthana 2 Bangkok
Pk12 Bangkok Government Complex 2
Pk13 TOT & MICT 2
Pk14 Lak Si 4  Dark Red Line 
Pk15 Phranakhon Rajabhat 2
Pk16 Wongwian Lak Si 4  Sukhumvit Line 
Pk17 Ram Inthra 3 2
Pk18 Lat Pla Khao 2
Pk19 Ram Inthra 31 2
Pk20 Raminthra Government Housing 2
Pk21 Watcharaphon 4  Grey Line 
Pk22 Ram Inthra 40 2
Pk23 Nawamin 2
Pk24 Ram Inthra 83 2
Pk25 Khan Na Yao 2
Pk26 Siam Park City 2
Pk27 Bang Chan 2
Pk28 Setthabut Bamphen 2
Pk29 Sihaburanukit 2
Pk30 Min Buri 4  Orange Line 

Progress[edit]

The Pink line was due to be tendered in the 3rd quarter of 2013 with construction due to commence in early 2014.[2] However, delays in preparation of the tender in relation to the selection of monorail rolling stock and political protests resulting in a snap election in early Feb 2014, now mean that the Pink Line will not be tendered until the 2nd quarter of 2014 at the earliest.[3] More likely, a tender will not be done until late 2014 according to the MRTA.

An environmental impact assessment for the MRT Pink Line was finalised in late 2012. The director-general of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning has previously stated said in an interview that the pink line was considered a priority scheme, as it ran past the government complex.[4]

The Pink Line was originally intended to be a heavy rail line but this was changed to dual-track monorail in 2008 on the basis that construction costs would be cheaper. A further review in early 2012 was undertaken to consider the heavy rail option again. However, it was decided to proceed with the mono rail plan. In late 2012, a request to extended the planned line east by 3.4 km from the Minburi terminus along Suwinthawongse rd to Nong Chok was submitted.[5] However, this will not be implemented at this stage.

The expected cost of the line with the additional 6 extra stations is 55 billion baht.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/35595/mrt-pink-line-route-takes-step-forward
  2. ^ "Cabinet to mull rail projects" Bangkok Post, 26 Feb 2013
  3. ^ "http://www.thaipost.net/news/121213/83272"
  4. ^ "Mrt pink line route takes step forward" Bangkok Post 5 April 2010
  5. ^ 'ชาวบ้านรวมตัวเรียกร้อง เพิ่มปลายทางสุวินทวงศ์', Ban Muang News, 24 Oct 2012.
  6. ^ 'รฟม.แบ่งเค้กรถไฟฟ้า2สายลงตัว "สีเขียว-ชมพู"ลงทุนร่วมแสนล้าน', Prachachat News, 6 Nov 2012.

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