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Green Line route opens Dec 6

The BTS' Green Line extension runs right past the signature three-headed elephant of the Bangkok Erawan Museum of Samut Prakan. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

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The Green Line rail extension between Bearing and Samut Prakan will be operational from Dec 6, with commuters entitled to free rides for four months.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang and executives of Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC), which operates the line, surveyed the extension Tuesday to make sure the system is ready for the service ahead of its opening.

They boarded a train running from Samrong station to Kheha Samut Prakan station and visited a maintenance facility which also serves as a parking space that can accommodate up to 1,200 vehicles.

The 13km elevated extension, which covers nine stations, connects with the Sukhumvit Line of the BTS Skytrain, aka the Green Line.

It passes through Khlong Samrong; Theparak, Pu Jao Saming Prai and Samut Prakan City Hall intersections as well as the Erawan Museum and Phraksa and Sailuad junctions. One station, Samrong, was opened for service on April 3 last year.

The remaining stations would be operational from Dec 6, the governor said, adding commuters can travel for free until April 16 next year.

According to him, it should take about 20 minutes to travel from Bearing to Kheha Samut Prakan stations. About 60,000 people are expected to use the service in the first year, he said, adding the number could rise to 100,000 the following year.

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