Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 36

Thread: New BTS lines

  1. #1
    Member runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    546

    New BTS lines

    This will make bkk a whole lot better

    I was at Bang Wa BTS station today and saw a new line semi completed. They are also intensively working on the miles of long abandoned concrete structures above the Don Meuang railway line

  2. #2
    I am in Jail
    Mr Earl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Last Online
    19-03-2019 @ 07:37 AM
    Location
    In the Jungle of Love
    Posts
    14,778
    I was wondering what that construction was about.

    Anyone know what's going on around Hua Lamphong train station? There's been a big project there going on for months.
    I'd love to see that MRT system extention into Chinatown.

  3. #3
    Member runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    546
    Looking at that map, it'sthe same line I saw at Bang Wa

  4. #4
    Member
    Bettyboo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Last Online
    18-04-2019 @ 05:46 PM
    Location
    Bangkok
    Posts
    28,898
    That map looks strange to me...

    Some of the lines (blue) look to be MRT lines, but I've seen the stations and track as per BTS...

    It just looks generally confusing, even if it (any of it) does ever get built.

    Having said that, the BTS and MRT are good. Even the train to Swampy is good - if they could all be integrated well and work smoothly that'd be fantastic.
    How do I post these pictures???

  5. #5
    Thailand Expat

    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:29 PM
    Posts
    12,454
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post

    if they could all be integrated well and work smoothly that'd be fantastic.
    I shouldn't hold your breath.

    They fell at the first hurdle when they plumped for an overhead system in the inner city instead of a subway. The Skytrain is intrusive, inefficient, inconvenient and, in this heat, an unrelenting, ghastly obstacle course.

    Utter disaster for any inner city but since environmental factors and aesthetics mean little to the Thai I suppose it doesn't matter. The problem is that any significant development along the BTS route insists that it be connected by walkways to it. This exacerbates the adverse impact upon the environment around it, increasing ambient heat levels, depriving the lower areas of natural light, amplifying noise levels and making the city even uglier than it is.

  6. #6
    Pedantic bastard
    nidhogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    14,343
    Oh God, I hope that is true and coming soon.......would be frigging awesome for me...

  7. #7
    Member jaiyenyen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 09:24 PM
    Posts
    560
    Can't wait to get that Lam Luk Ka extension, but I reckon it'll be a good few years before it's built.

  8. #8
    Thailand Expat terry57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 07:30 PM
    Posts
    25,845
    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post

    The Skytrain is intrusive, inefficient, inconvenient and, in this heat, an unrelenting, ghastly obstacle course.

    Bolliks to that Thegent, the Skytrain is highly efficient, convenient, safe and clean.

    Back in Pomgolia it would of been targeted by graffiti artists on its first outing.

    The public transport MRT BTS is simply outstanding in Bangkok and these new lines will be a great success.

  9. #9
    Thailand Expat
    boloa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Surin
    Posts
    3,877
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post

    The public transport MRT BTS is simply outstanding in Bangkok and these new lines will be a great success.
    Yes a very good system that makes travelling around BKK very easy

  10. #10
    Thailand Expat

    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:29 PM
    Posts
    12,454
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post

    The Skytrain is intrusive, inefficient, inconvenient and, in this heat, an unrelenting, ghastly obstacle course.

    Bolliks to that Thegent, the Skytrain is highly efficient, convenient, safe and clean.

    Back in Pomgolia it would of been targeted by graffiti artists on its first outing.

    The public transport MRT BTS is simply outstanding in Bangkok and these new lines will be a great success.
    Jesus, use your imagination. Can you think what Paris, London, Hong Kong, Singapore would be like if the entire city centres were infested with snaking ribbons of thousands of tons of fucking concrete 100 feet above street level supported by marching columns of pillars every fucking 300 metre or so and the noise of 200 tons worth of train carriages every 4 minutes ?

    It's an environmental disaster destroying any city. Given a choice, only a fucking cretinous city council would ever choose the Skytrain system over a subway.

  11. #11
    Thailand Expat
    taxexile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    14,884
    ^
    true, but the exercise one gets by walking up 4 flights of stairs three or four times a day is very beneficial.

  12. #12
    Thailand Expat
    aging one's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 05:46 PM
    Posts
    16,576
    Many cities have elevated rail lines.



    • Green Line train in Downtown Chicago.


  13. #13
    Member runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    546
    Only because it is cheaper than tunneling. London is currently building many miles of new tunnels

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...y-through.html

  14. #14
    Thailand Expat
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    18,030
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post

    The Skytrain is intrusive, inefficient, inconvenient and, in this heat, an unrelenting, ghastly obstacle course.

    Bolliks to that Thegent, the Skytrain is highly efficient, convenient, safe and clean.

    Back in Pomgolia it would of been targeted by graffiti artists on its first outing.

    The public transport MRT BTS is simply outstanding in Bangkok and these new lines will be a great success.
    Indeed it is, Ter....
    Could be worse - can't imagine one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world without an extensive system such as this.

    Relieves the burden somewhat.
    Chaos without it.

  15. #15
    Thailand Expat
    Humbert's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 10:28 AM
    Location
    Bangkok
    Posts
    12,154
    Elevated systems usually turn a profit faster. Underground systems often times require taxpayer subsidies for a long time.

  16. #16
    Thailand Expat
    VocalNeal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 11:34 PM
    Location
    Bangkok
    Posts
    11,019
    Funny how it looks like the London Underground map

  17. #17
    I am in Jail
    Mr Earl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Last Online
    19-03-2019 @ 07:37 AM
    Location
    In the Jungle of Love
    Posts
    14,778
    or the Paris Metro


  18. #18
    Thailand Expat
    taxexile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    14,884
    the Skytrain is highly efficient, convenient, safe and clean.
    safe and clean maybe, but efficient ? no.

    there are not enough carriages, leading to severe overcrowding, and the layout of the stations are poorly thought out, leading to continual congestion at the busier stations as passengers going one way meet passengers going the other way, and crowding as they queue up to access escalators and ticket dispensers.

    the ticketing arrangements are nothing more than a badly thought out shambles, with ticket prices involving inconvenient amounts necessitating lining up to change money before lining up again, blocking passenger traffic, to buy the ticket.

    access for the disabled is pretty much non existent, and lugging a suitcase or a pram up 4 flights of stairs when the temperature is 35C is hardly convenient either.

    the ugliness of the project and the streets when viewed from ground level has already been mentioned.

  19. #19
    Thailand Expat
    Hans Mann's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Last Online
    01-07-2016 @ 05:52 AM
    Location
    Land of Laughs
    Posts
    5,764
    I'd venture that all mass transit maps look the same because they're largely made up of coloured lines and hard to read text.

  20. #20
    Thailand Expat terry57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 07:30 PM
    Posts
    25,845
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post


    true, but the exercise one gets by walking up 4 flights of stairs three or four times a day is very beneficial.

    Not only that but Thegent overlooks the brilliant aspect of the walkways it provides directly into the buildings, shopping centers and between stations plus the shade provided underneath.

    The system works brilliantly. Another huge plus is that it provides people with a birds eye view of the city.

    The Subway is boring as shit.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

  21. #21
    Thailand Expat terry57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 07:30 PM
    Posts
    25,845
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post


    Safe and clean maybe, but efficient ? no.

    The ticketing arrangements are nothing more than a badly thought out shambles .

    access for the disabled is pretty much non existent.

    The ugliness of the project

    Firstly, If you travel in peak time it is rammed full same as every public system in the world. Be smart and time your travel off peak.

    Secondly, Buy yourself a pass, Jesus that ain't hard is it ??

    Thirdly, Access is available for the disabled via a lift.

    Fourthly, Ugly my Ass, the system looks good and maintained spotlessly.

  22. #22
    Thailand Expat
    taxexile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    14,884
    Be smart and time your travel off peak.
    should everybody then be smart and travel off peak?

  23. #23
    Thailand Expat terry57's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 07:30 PM
    Posts
    25,845
    ^

    If you cannot travel off peak that's just tough luck innit, the situation is the same in every country in the world at Peak time.

    To call the Transport system of Bangkok to be flawed simply because its maxed out at peak time is not being objective or realistic.

  24. #24
    Member runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    546
    Having to change notes to coins in one queue and then queue up to buy a ticket is a joke. I use a pass but seeing and getting through the 10 metre long queues somewhere like Asoke from 4pm to 8pm is shocking.

    I am wondering why the mid level areas in the MRT don't have cafes etc. They are the size of a small shopping centre and completely empty.

  25. #25
    Thailand Expat
    toddaniels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Last Online
    Yesterday @ 06:47 AM
    Location
    Bangkok
    Posts
    1,898
    Terry; ease off the sauce some and fer christsakez take off your frickin' rose colored glasses every once in a while! You're starting to sound like those thai apologists on the "other forum"!!

    Unfortunately, everyone can't have the luxury you do (doin' fuck all here) and some of us actually have to be some where at a specific time!

    The MRT (18 stations), the BTS (13 stations on the Silom line & 22 stations on the Sukhumvit line) or the Airport Link (8 stations) are NOTHING to brag about in a city this size with the population density it has! The coverage is minimal, and some stations are totally nonsensical in their placement (MRT - Khlong Toey for instance).

    The two main systems aren't even compatible! They were bragging a while back about both the MRT & the BTS using the same card. However, the two companies which own them evidently couldn't find the technology that tells them which customer paid where, so the deal stalled out. Now even a semi intelligent person might ask if the MRT can have coin-op machines which take bills why can't the BTS

    They were poorly planned, they were rife with corruption, they ran crazy over budget and they are poorly run. During rush hour comin' into and getting outta town is a night mare.

    As big as this country is on talk and as slow as they are on actually getting shit done. I don't think we're gonna see substantial increases to the lines in our lifetimes.. They've been workin' away like crazy for eons....

    How late did the linez out to Bearing or across the river at Saphan Taksin open from their "optimistic estimated completion dates"?

    Christ they still can't decide what do to at Saphan Taksin because there's only one rail line across the river instead of two like everywhere else.. First they're gonna close it, then widen it..

    Either you travel on them in your off peak times not all that far or you're in another Bangkok Thailand than I am..
    "Whoever said `Money can`t buy you love or joy` obviously was not making enough money." <- quote by Gene $immon$ of the rock group KISS

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •