The cutting-edge Pink Line mass-transit system, boasting a considerable length of 34.5 kilometers, is poised to commence offering complimentary rides to the public in November, as announced on the government’s “Thai Khu Fah” Facebook page. This update was originally released by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), lending authenticity to this thrilling news. According to them, the Pink Line, an advanced, elevated monorail train system, is currently in its testing phase.
Up to this point, the period of testing has demonstrated that the Pink Line is performing admirably, without any disturbances or malfunction. The trial process is first being executed from the Min Buri station (PK30), located in eastern Bangkok, reaching up to the Government Complex station (PK12). This initial testing phase is set to conclude on October 22, ensuring a comprehensive appraisal of the system’s readiness. The second phase of trials is more exhaustive, covering all of the Pink Line’s 30 stations and extending until November 19th.
Upon the conclusion of both testing phases, a thorough examination will ensue, conducted by the Independent Certification Engineer (ICE) in conjunction with the MRTA. Their joint assessment aims to establish the infrastructure’s state of readiness and safety, ensuring that the transit system is safe and functional for the public.
Provided the trials and assessments go smoothly, the Pink Line is scheduled to begin offering free rides to the public starting from mid-November. This generous arrangement is set to continue for a month. The transition to commercial operations, which is tentatively slated for December 18, will follow the free ride period.
Strategically connecting Min Buri and Nonthaburi, the Pink Line features strategically placed interchange stations that facilitate swift and comfortable transfers to and from the Purple Line, the BTS’s Green Line, and the forthcoming Orange Line. This feature makes commuting a streamlined process, allowing for hassle-free navigation throughout the bustling city.
Similar in design to the Yellow Line currently in service, the Pink Line will sport the same monorail train model. Each train can accommodate between four to seven passenger carriages, granting it the impressive transport capacity of up to 28,000 passengers per hour. This substantial carrying capacity ensures that the city’s commuting needs are addressed efficiently.
The fares to travel on the Pink Line are expected to commence at an affordable rate of 14 baht, with the upper limit set at a reasonable 42 baht. Any modifications to the fare structure will be closely aligned with fluctuations in the consumer price index, striking a balance between operational costs and affordability for commuters.