Bangkok public transport system continues to grow as the BTS opened the extension of the Green Line towards Samut Prakan province, adding 13 km of new rail tracks.
The rail extension between Bearing and Samut Prakan is considered in Thailand as an important event with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha officially launching the 13-km extension of the Green Line. From now on, a large part of Samut Prakan province will be directly linked by train to Bangkok.
Commuters will first be able to travel for free until April 16 next year as part of the celebration for the expansion of the line. After April 16, travellers are due to pay a maximum of THB65 for a ticket, as prices will be capped to this maximum fare.
The 13-kilometre extension comprises nine stations passing through Khlong Samrong, Theparak, Pu Chao Saming Phrai and Samut Prakan City Hall intersections as well as the Erawan Museum, Phraksa and Sailuad junctions. Users will however need to change trains at Samrong station as long as new trains have not been integrated due to the saturation of the Sukhumvit Line.
For the tourists, the expansion of the line will make a few attractions easily accessible and could then boost tourism to Samut Prakan province. The Erawan Elephants Museum, Baan Boran (Ancient City) theme park and the Crocodiles Farm will directly benefit from the presence of skytrain stations. Another important area likely to benefit is Paknam, known for its historical area around Phra Chulachomklao fortress as well as the 180-meter Paknam Observation Tower which comprises a museum, a library and a viewing platform for visitors.
Next year, another station will be added on the Northern part of the line with an additional station finally connecting together the skytrain to Central Plaza in Lat Phrao district. More important for tourists visiting Bangkok, next year will also see the opening of the first four stations of the MRT Blue Line expansion which will finally help connecting Chinatown and the Grand Palace area to a reliable public transport system. The four new stations of the MRT are due to open during summer 2019.