Bangkok’s rapidly expanding Skytrain will add another 464 km of transit routes in the future. A total of 28 construction projects are either in the planning stages, under construction, or have just been completed. The new routes will extend Skytrain’s coverage from central Bangkok to surrounding provinces, as well as link Bangkok’s airports.
Three Skytrain projects are already open for service, including the airport link Skytrain from Phayathai to Suvarnabhumi airport. The other two completed projects are the BTS Skytrain, and the underground Skytrain from Bangseu to Hualamphong. The three expanded routes total 79.5 km.
Currently 5 Skytrain projects are under construction, totaling 83 km. They include the red route Skytrain from Bangseu to Talingshan, which will open within this year; and the blue route Skytrain, from Hualamphong to Bangkae. There is another Skytrain project up for price auction, the dark red route Skytrain from Bangseu to Rangsit, totaling 26 km.
Additionally, there are plans for four more Skytrain projects this year. The Ministry of Transport and Communications plan to open 4 more Skytrain projects for price auction, totalling 54.2 km.
These planned projects include the airport link Skytrain from Don Muang airport to Suvannabhumi airport; and the green route Sky train from Morchit to Saphanmai.
In the next year, there will be 6 more Skytrain projects, totalling more than 100 km, including the pink route from Kaerai to Minburi; the light red route from Banseu to Makkasan; and the orange route from Cultural Center to Minburi.
In the year 2014, there will be 4 more Skytrain projects set up for the price auction totalling 62.7 km, including the violet route from Bangseu to Ratburana; and the orange route from Jaransanitwong to the Cultural Center.
Beyond 2014, Bangkok officials are planning 5 more Skytrain projects, totalling 53.6 km, to include the red route Skytrain from Hualamphong to Bangbon and from Bangkae to Putthamonthon.
If all goes according to plan, Skytrain will have an additional 464 km of transit routes.