- Adding connectivity to new parts of the Thai capital, a new extension will add up to 100,000 passengers a day to the total BTS Skytrain ridership
- Bombardier’s system integration, advanced rail control and wayside system project delivery contributed to a seamless start to passenger service
Bombardier Transportation, as leader in a consortium, has delivered the turnkey wayside rail system that is operating on the latest extension to Bangkok’s rapid transit Skytrain. The new 13-km Bearing-Samut Prakam section of the Sukhumvit Line, which started service on 6 December, is expected to enable up to 100,000 more journeys on the Skytrain, which regularly carries over 750,000 passengers per day.
Gregory Enjalbert, Managing Director Thailand, Bombardier Transportation commented: “It is exciting to witness the opening of a new rail link that is extending connectivity to new parts of the Thai capital and will significantly improve the travel experience for commuters. As a long-term partner to Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (BTSC), we continue to positively impact the life of Bangkokians and are proud that our project was delivered by our large local team in Bangkok.”
As consortium lead, Bombardier was responsible for system integration, co-ordinating delivery from all partners and engineering the wayside subsystem interfaces, as well as delivery of its advanced BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 450 rail control solution and the main power supply works. Partner ST Electronics (Thailand) Ltd. provided the telecommunications, automatic fare collection and platform screen door systems and AMR Asia Company Ltd. provided the depot workshop facilities, supervisory control and data acquisition, building management, back-up power supply and fire-fighting systems as well as installation.
Reflecting the importance of mass transit for Bangkok, the line was inaugurated by Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, at a special event attended by many senior officials and dignitaries. Canada’s Ambassador to Thailand, Donica Pottie, and Chairman of the Board of BTSC, Keeree Kanjanapas, and Chief Executive Officer BTSC, Surapong Laoha-Unya, were also in attendance.
Bombardier is an expert in providing integrated rail transportation solutions, with over 70 turnkey systems in operation worldwide. As one of the few mobility solution providers to deliver projects from Thailand for Thailand, Bombardier has over 20 years’ experience in providing high-technology, urban and mainline rail solutions for the market. Its portfolio includes delivery of turnkey systems for the two new monorail lines under construction in the Thai capital. Since 1997, Bombardier has grown its Bangkok team to over 620 highly-skilled engineers and employees, providing life-cycle rail system support across Asia Pacific.
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