Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand celebrated 26th Anniversary of establishment
On August 21, 2018, MRTA held the event celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the establishment at MRTA Headquarter. MRTA executive team jointly welcomed executives and representatives of public and private agencies who attended to congratulate MRTA and donate money to Siriraj Foundation.
On this occasion, Mr. Theeraphan Tachasirinugune, MRTA Deputy Governor (Strategy and Planning), on behalf of MRTA, handed over scholarships to MRTA officer’s children and students of schools which locate along MRT lines in order to support education for Thailand’s youth.
Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand or MRTA, the state enterprise under the supervision of the Minister of Transport was established on August 21, 1992. Currently, 6 MRT line, 13 projects have been being implemented by MRTA in order to expand efficient MRT network covering Bangkok and its vicinities as well as major cities of each region for supporting people’s travelling as the vision "To be the excellence mass rapid transit organization that sustainably elevates the quality of life and enhances city development nation-wide". MRTA has been provided service of two MRT lines, the M.R.T. Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line (Blue Line), Hua Lamphong – Bang Sue Section since July 3, 2004, and the M.R.T. Chalong Ratchadham Line (Purple Line), Khlong Bang Phai – Tao Pun Section since August 6, 2016. Later, the service operation of the 1.2 km section between Bang Sue Station and Tao Pun Station was accelerated until it successfully connect on August 11, 2017 to facilitate passenger transfer at Tao Pun Station, resulted in an increased ridership of the two MRT lines. Furthermore, MRTA completed the construction of the MRT Green Line Project: Bearing – Samut Prakan Section on time. It is in the progress of M&E systems installation, which is implemented by BMA. The one station section of the project, Samrong Station has been launched revenue service since April 3, 2017 and the rest of the project is expected to open by 2018 that will make traveling between Bangkok and Samut Prakan more convenient.
Stepping into the 27th year, MRTA is going to implement the MRT projects as assigned by the government including 5 under construction projects as follows:
-The MRT Blue Line Extension Project: Hua Lamphong – Bang Khae and Tao Pun – Tha Phra Sections, the service launch of Hua Lamphong – Bang Khae Section is scheduled in 2019 and Tao Pun – Tha Phra Section is scheduled in 2020.
-The MRT Green Line Project: Mo Chit – Saphan Mai – Khu Khot Section, its service launch is scheduled in 2020.
-The MRT Yellow Line Project: Lat Phrao – Samrong Section, its service launch is scheduled in 2021.
-The MRT Pink Line Project: Khae Rai – Min Buri Section, its service launch is scheduled in 2021.
-The MRT Orange Line Project: Thailand Cultural Centre – Min Buri (Suwinthawong) Section, its service launch is scheduled in 2023.
Furthermore, MRTA is preparing the tender document for the MRT Purple Line Project: Tao Pun – Rat Burana Section, which was approved to implement by the Cabinet on July 25, 2017, and is adjusting the detail of the MRT Blue Line Extension Project: Bang Khae – Phutthamonthon Sai 4 Section, which is scheduled to launch the service in 2023, to propose to the Cabinet for approval.
Apart from the above mentioned, MRTA is studying and designing 3 MRT projects for proposing to the Cabinet including the MRT Green Line Project: Khu Khot – Lum Luk Ka Section, which is expected to be launched service in 2023; the MRT Green Line Project: Samut Prakan – Bang Pu Section, its service launch is scheduled in 2023; and the MRT Orange Line Project: Bang Khun Non – Thailand Cultural Centre Section, which is expected to be launched service in 2025.
For expanding rail transportation network covering Thailand, MRTA also implement the regional mass transit system such as Phuket Mass Transit System which is in process of feasibility study, design and preparation of tender document, and Chiang Mai Mass Transit System and Nakhon Ratchasima Mass Transit System which are in process of preparation of term of reference for procurement of consulting services for feasibility study.
These all are MRTA’s primary mission that MRTA must expedite and complete the implementation in accordance with timeframe set out in Thailand's Transport Infrastructure Development Strategies (2015 - 2022) in order to support travelling by MRT system covering all country’s area for enhancing citizen’s quality of life, as well as encourage investment and stimulate economic growth pursuant to the government’s country development policy.