SRT Red Lines

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SRT Red Lines
Bang Son Commuter station, Aug 2016 (1).jpg
Bang Son Commuter station on SRT Light Red Line
Owner State Railway of Thailand
Locale Central Thailand
Transit type Commuter rail
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 58 planned
Operation will start 2017 for Light Red Line (est.)
2018 for Dark Red Line (est.)
System length 139.3 km (86.56 mi)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Electrification 25 kV AC overhead line
Top speed 160 km/h (99 mph)

The Red Line Mass Transit System Project is a planned commuter rail system to serve the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Part of the Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan in Bangkok Metropolitan Region, it will consist of two lines, one (also referred to as the Dark Red Line) running from Thammasat University's Rangsit campus to Maha Chai in Samut Sakhon Province, and the other (Light Red Line) running from Salaya in Nakhon Pathom Province to Hua Mak in Bangkok, with both passing through Bang Sue which will act as a connecting hub to the MRT system. As of 2012, the Bang Sue – Taling Chan segment of the Light Red Line is under construction, and the Bang Sue – Rangsit segment of the Dark Red Line is being prepared for construction bidding. Most of the railway will run alongside existing national railway tracks, eventually replacing them. Segments running through inner-city areas will be elevated, and the system will be electrified by overhead lines. The system is to be owned and is being developed by the State Railway of Thailand.[1][2] Since the Red Lines run roughly along the alignment of the failed Hopewell Project, they have been described as a "Hopewell revival".[3]

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  1. ^ "แผนแม่บทระบบขนส่งมวลชนทางรางในเขตกรุงเทพฯและปริมณฑล พ.ศ.2553-2572 (Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan in Bangkok Metropolitan Region)" (PDF) (in Thai). Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "โครงการระบบรถไฟชานเมือง (สายสีแดง) Commuter rail system project (Red Line)". SRT website (in Thai). State Railway of Thailand. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reviving the former Hopewell route", translated and summarized by Wisarut Bholsithi from Prachachart Thurakij, March 4–7, 2004. "This Northern Commuter has to connect with the Airport Link which is not even at the design stage. At the minimum, the detailed design for the Airport Link must be done by July 2004. The Hopewell revival will be an elevated single floor--either shared tracks or separated tracks for High Speed Rail, DMU/Diesel Tracks, and Red Line Commuter which all have to be done in six years. The elevated section will end at Don Muang and then it will be at grade with separated tracks."

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