THE Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has completed a feasibility study into the Bang Na - Suvarnabhumi light rail project, which could open by 2029.  

The first 14.6km phase will have 12 stations, while the second 5.1km phase will have two stations. The line will link the BTS SkyTrain Sukhumvit Line to Suvarnabhumi Airport, with a connection to the proposed Yellow Line.

A consortium of TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management, Avantgarde Capital, InfraTrans Consultants, Daoreuk Communications and PSK Consultants launched the study in August 2021. The results of the study were presented during a seminar attended by BMA deputy permanent secretary, Mr Chatree Wattanakhajorn, The Bangkok Post reports.

The line will be equipped with an ATO system and LRVs will operate at up to 80km/h, with a one hour round trip. The base fare will be Baht 14.4 ($US 0.41), capped at a maximum of Baht 45.6.

The line is expected to carry 82,695 passengers per direction per day when it opens in 2029, rising to 138,744 passengers per direction per day by 2033. This is expected to rise again to 165,363 passengers per direction per day after Airports of Thailand opens the southern Suvarnabhumi station in 2035.

The feasibility study’s findings and a joint venture plan will now be submitted to the Ministry of Interior for consideration and endorsement, after which it will be submitted to the cabinet for its approval.

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