Trial runs began on Thursday on the new BTS skytrain route, a 5.25km extension from Soi Onnut to Soi Bearing. The first test run was launched by Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra. The service is due to beigin operating free of charge between Aug 12 and Jan 1. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration invested more than 50 billion baht on the extension. Construction began in 2006.
“The BMA will operate the skytrain on the extended Onnuch-Bearing route from Aug 12 and expects about 120,000 people to use the service per day,” he said, “It will enable more than 500,000 people in Phra Khanong and Bang Na areas to travel more conveniently to other areas.
“The Taksin-Phetkasem extention is expected to be in service by Dec 5, 2012” MR Sukhumbhand said.