Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, welcomed General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, who presided over the opening ceremony for BTS Green Line mass transit system service (Mochit – Saphan Mai – Kukot), totaling 7 stations, and joined the BTS Green Line test ride from Kukot Station to Krung Thonburi Station.
The MRT Green Line has been extended to connect all important areas on both Bangkok and Thonburi sides of Chao Phraya River as well as to the north and south border of Bangkok. Other than being the first electric railway line of Bangkok, now, it is also the first electric railway line of Pathum Thani Province. The line also links with other 5 electric railway lines, namely, Bangkok Airport Rail Link at Phaya Thai Station; MRT Blue Line at Asoke Station, Sala Daeng Station, Mochit Station, Ha Yaek Lat Phrao Station, and Bang Wa Station (5 stations); BTS Gold Line at Krung Thonburi Station. Within the year 2022, this line will connect with other new two lines which are under construction: connect with the MRT Pink Line (Khae Rai – Min Buri) at Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Station and connect with the MRT Yellow Line (Lat Phrao – Samrong) at Samrong Station.
Today, the BTS Green Line project, which is 68 kilometers long with 59 stations, has launched its full service at all stations. The Line offers the maximum services of its fleet comprising 98 electric 4-car trains, totaling 392 railcars, with passenger carrying capacity of 1,500,000 passengers per day to service the future travel needs of Bangkok commuters. This will ease the traffic congestion problem as well as promote the travels both in Bangkok and its peripheral provinces. The service is free until January 1, 2021.
After that, the Prime Minister officiated the opening of the 1st phase of BTS Gold Line secondary mass transit system service (Krung Thonburi Station – Khlong San Station, 1.8 kilometers) and joined the BTS Gold Line test ride from Krung Thonburi Station to Khlong San Station. It is considered the efficient secondary system as it links all journeys using wheels, rails, and boats. The BTS Gold Line connects with BTS Silom Line at Krung Thonburi Station and, in the future, it will connect with MRT Purple Line (Tao Poon – Rat Burana) at Prachathipok Station and Red Line (Hua Lamphong – Mahachai) at Khlong San Station. Moreover, The BTS Gold Line connects with waterway transport for the commuters using Chao Phraya ferry service and express boat service at Khlong San Pier and ICONSIAM Pier. The service is free for one month, from December 16 to January 15, 2021, with the flat-rate fare of 15 Baht starting from 06.00 to 24.00 hrs.