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BTS adds 27 more trains to serve Bangkok commuters

 

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Bangkok commuters should experience an improved service on the BTS sky train system after BTS Group Holdings Plc, the operator of the system, recently put into service an additional 27 trains, bringing the total number to 79.

 

BTS managing director Mr. Surapong Laoha-anya said that the company has taken delivery of 27 trains out of a total of 46 it has ordered from the supplier.

 

He added that all the new trains will have been delivered by the end of next year, bringing the total number available for operations to 98, from its original fleet of 35 in 1999.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/bts-adds-27-more-trains-to-serve-bangkok-commuters/

 

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This is welcome news..

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This must use these and more to increase the frequency of trains coming to stations, because currently we are packed like sardines and they have been making great profits the past number of years.  
I agree. The new trains are used because of the extension of the lines.
The frequency hasn't improved.

Why don't they add carriages to the existing trains, especially in rush hour? That would help a lot.

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As mentioned above, add more cars to all the trains, not just BTS.  They're all packed.

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Adding carriages to the 20 yr old original trains from Siemens in Germany would take a long time because it would be a special order but this would be the best solution to improve service. (Change to 5 car trains)

 

The real shame is with the MRT main line which is still operating the same 3 car trains since it opened in August 2004. They should combine an order with BTS as the carriages used are nearly identical. The MRT needs 5 car trains too. 

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In other news, original 20 years old Siemens trains are often still in better shape than the new Chinese rubbish they bought a couple of years back...

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Does the article mean 27 more trains, or 27 more train cars?

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1 hour ago, newnative said:

As mentioned above, add more cars to all the trains, not just BTS.  They're all packed.

Increasing the number of cars (BTS or MRT) for the comfort of the passengers would only increase their power and other costs and effectively reduce their overall profit. I doubt that sacrificing profits for public amenity is in their business plans. This is Thailand where money is God.

I also doubt they care whether you or I feel like a sardine. But I must admit, being a closet lech, there are occasions when I find it agreeably cosy when we are all squeezed in together.

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1 hour ago, newnative said:

As mentioned above, add more cars to all the trains, not just BTS.  They're all packed.

 

I've just come back from Singapore, where the trains are longer and wider and run twice as frequently as the BTS and there is no hint of overcrowding even during rush hours. And some lines, maybe all, don't even use drivers. Everything is automatic.

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1 hour ago, wpcoe said:

Does the article mean 27 more trains, or 27 more train cars?

 

Complete 4-car trainsets.

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The sukhumvit line has 50 stations. It goes a long way out both directions.

 

I wonder why they continue to extend and extend.

 

By the time the train gets downtown it is often too full for people to get on.

 

Why don't they build more lines instead of making one very very very long line.

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5 hours ago, petedk said:

I agree. The new trains are used because of the extension of the lines.
The frequency hasn't improved.

Why don't they add carriages to the existing trains, especially in rush hour? That would help a lot.

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Since the stations are built to accomodate 6 cars per train, it would seem logical (not a Thai word) to increase each train to 6 cars rather than adding more trains. I don't think frequency of trains is the real issue.

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6 hours ago, Searat7 said:

Adding carriages to the 20 yr old original trains from Siemens in Germany would take a long time because it would be a special order but this would be the best solution to improve service. (Change to 5 car trains)

 

The real shame is with the MRT main line which is still operating the same 3 car trains since it opened in August 2004. They should combine an order with BTS as the carriages used are nearly identical. The MRT needs 5 car trains too. 

Actually it opened 5 Dec. 1999, it only had about 200,000 passengers a day not enough to cover the construction loan

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Better late than never. About time! Long overdue, but still welcome news. :thumbsup:

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