Early hours for skytrain under trial

The skytrain will test earlier opening hours for six months starting in March on the Sukhumvit and Silom lines.

The first trains on the Sukhumvit line will leave from Mo Chit and Bearing stations at 5.15am and the Silom line will start its service at 5.30am from the National Stadium and Bang Wa stations for the Silom line from March to August, Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc chief operating officer Surapong Laoha-Unya said on Thursday.

But train staff will not be providing counter services or topping up travel cards and exchanging coins before 6am and after 11.45pm, he said.

The firm operates the BTS system.

The skytrain currently operates from 6am to midnight.

Passengers can check the service timetable to see what times the trains will reach the other stations.

Mr Surapong said the adjustment came into consideration after many commuters sent in requests for the skytrain to open before 6am.

The company will conduct an evaluation after the six-month period and later decide on whether to make the changes permanent, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 14/02/2014 at 09:40 AM
If the BTS is too cheap to offer service 24hrs, then offer hourly stops between 1AM and 6AM, or one train per line going back and forth.
Discussion 2 : 13/02/2014 at 10:57 PM
I have a suggestion for the people running BTS. Get out of the transportation business and go into advertising. It is obvious that you know nothing about transportation but just as obvious that you are experts at advertising.
Discussion 3 : 13/02/2014 at 09:23 PM
How about stopping later? That would make a lot of sense too. Reduce drunk driving.
Discussion 4 : 13/02/2014 at 09:20 PM
Why not add more train cars? The BTS skytrain is already like loading into a cattle car.
Discussion 5 : 13/02/2014 at 09:06 PM
On the one hand BTS trains are too small for the amount of customers .On the other hand the airport train has a station at Asoke which would be big enough for any city on the planet but goes 95 % unused .Bangkok has about 12 million people .Does any one consider this when they build these routes ? Notice I didnt say plan .

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