THE Transport Ministry said today (May 30) that a month-long trial run of the Yellow Line monorail mass transit system running from Lat Phrao to Samrong will start on Saturday, June 3, 2023, Matichon newspaper said.
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has inspected the new rail line’s safety standards and upon ascertaining that the concessionaire, Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co., Ltd. (EBM), had corrected all the shortcomings allowed the trial run to proceed.
The fare rate will now go to the Cabinet for approval with this then to be announced in the Royal Gazette. It also has to be publicly announced 30 days before implementation.
During the trial run some tasks might not be operated as intended such as the train not stopping at the station door markings but this will not affect passenger safety.
The preliminary fare rate as calculated under the 2016 concession contract starts at 15 baht going up to maximum 42 baht. However this rate has to be readjusted according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) three months before the start of the service. Should the trial run start as planned on June 3 the fare rate will rise to 15-45 baht after adjustment according to March 2023 CPI.
The Yellow Line, running from Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district to Samrong in Samut Prakan, covers a distance of 30.4 kilometres with there being 23 stations.
A Yellow Line train running smoothly. Top photo: Matichon, Front Page photo: MRTA