After 20 years, Mo Chit will no longer be the terminal station at the northern end of the BTS Skytrain’s Sukhumvit Line as of Aug 11. The opening of BTS Ha Yaek Lat Phrao begins the roll out of a 19km northern extension that has been under construction since 2015.

Surapong Laoha-Unya, chief operating officer of Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) and executives surveyed the new extension on Monday (Jul 8), voicing their confidence that the station will be ready to open to the public next month.

Test-runs will be conducted for one month between Mo Chit’s Skytrain Maintenance Depot and Ha Yaek Lat Phrao station, so not to interfere with the public’s daily commute. 

The extension will eventually cover 16 stations, including Ha Yaek Lat Phrao, Phahonyothin 24, Ratchayothin, Sena Nikhom, Kasetsart University, Royal Forest Department, Bang Bua, 11th Infantry Regiment, Wat Phra Sri Mahathat, Phahonyothin 59, Sai Yut, Saphan Mai, Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, Royal Thai Air Force Museum, Yaek Kor Por Aor and Khu Khot. 

According to Surapong, four more stations—Phahonyothin 24, Ratchayothin, Sena Nikhom and Kasetsart University will open in December this year, while the rest of the extension from Bang Bua to Khu Khot will not be open until Dec 2020. 

Like the rest of the BTS Skytrain’s Sukhumvit Line, or the Green Line, fares for the new extension will be capped at B65.