It's really happening, folks!
The MRT Blue Line extension from Hua Lamphong to Tha Phra will officially launch on Mother’s Day (Aug 12) with test-runs starting in July, Bangkok Post reports.
According to the Mass Rapid Transportation Authority (MRTA), the expansion from Tha Phra to Lak Song in Phutthamonthon Sai 4—the last station of the extension line—is scheduled to open a month later in September.
The 14-kilometer extension will cover eleven stations, including four underground—Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai and Itsaraphap—before surfacing at Tha Phra and running over ground west to Bang Phai, Bang Wa, Phet Kasem 48, Phasi Charoen, Bang Khae and Lak Song.
Meanwhile, the MRT Blue Line’s second extension, which heads north towards Bang Sue, is expected to open in March next year, with test-runs starting this December. The 13-kilometer elevated line will cover eight stations connecting from MRT Tha Phra, where you can change to the Tao Poon-bound elevated purple line. These stations include Charan Sanit Wong 13, Yaek Fai Chai, Bang Khun Non, Bang Yi Khan, Sirindhorn, Bang Phlat, Bang Or and Bang Po. In addition, MRT Bang Wa will also interchange with the BTS Silom line.
Get a sneak peak of the ornate MRT Sanam Chai in our video below: