The Department of Rail Transport (DRT) expects to expand the trial to all 23 stations by the middle of the month, but nearly 80,000 people took use of it over the weekend. According to the director-general of the DRT, Pichet Kunadhamraks, the current testing run from Hua Mak to Samrong has 13 stations.
Pichet stated that there were a lot of passengers for the trial run, including 36,879 on Sunday and 38,521 on Saturday. From 9am to 8pm every day, the Yellow Line trains run every ten minutes, and riders who purchase tickets at the station booths can ride for free.
The trial run went off without any problems, according to Pichet. “We will consider opening all 23 stations from Lat Phrao in Bangkok to Samrong in Samut Prakan after one week of the trial run.” The Airport Rail Link, the Green Line, and the Blue Line are all connected to the 30.4-kilometer Yellow Line at Samrong Station, Hua Mak Station, and Lat Phrao Station, respectively. According to Bangkok Post, the Yellow Line will soon connect to the Orange Line at Yaek Lam Sali station.
Due to the Yellow Line’s connections to other city lines like the MRT, BTS, and Airport Rail Link, Pichet anticipates a rise in weekday ridership. As more commuters choose to take the monorail instead of driving their cars, the Yellow Line is expected to ease traffic on Srinakarin Road and Lat Phrao Road. The Yellow Line will start operating for a fee starting at 15 to 45 baht starting next month.
The Bangkok Transit System (BTS) indicated last week that it was prepared to invest in a 2.6-kilometer extension that would link its Yellow Line monorail to the Green Line of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRT) at Ratchayothin and Lat Phrao stations. BTS CEO Surapong Laoha-Unya said the extension would benefit commuters and that the business is eager to talk with the MRTA about the issue.