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    The BTS / Subway

    Fabulous inventions, a revolutionary way to slip around Bangkok in air conditioned comfort, (apart from rush hour), great views of previously unviewable sights, frequent trains (the BTS anyway) and some nice females to look at.

    Downsides are plentiful, though, firstly, the bloody Subway system. It's a great way to get about and it is essentially a commuter line. But they only purchased 18 trains for a 20 station line. My gripe is the extended waiting time at stations. I've even walked the distance of two stops just to avoid having to go down all them stairs, countless escalators only to wait 6-8 minutes for a train. Some of you will say, "ja yen yen" "have patience" but no, I find this unacceptable for a so-called modern train system.

    Then there are the over zealous security guards who have made the BTS stations their homes. Set your foot a milimetre over the yellow line, bend you neck out to look for the train coming, stray too far toward the end of the platform and "bleep" the dreaded whistle goes off and by the look in their eyes, they'd love to give the farang a good team-handed kicking.

    On one occasion, my friend was eating some pineapple and was told swifty by security that consuming such fruit was not allowed, so I said to her "I bet I can get away with it" and boldy looked toward the guard six feet away. The look he gave me suggested that he'd cripple me for life with his truncheon and I could imagine the glee in his eyes and he swings such weapon towards my genital area.

    Another occasion had me having to abandon a clear bag of bananas at Phrom Phong station simply because they wouldn't let me through the gates with them. "No food, no drink" was cited as the reason yet I saw a few greasy backpackers get through with their tepid bottles. Hmmm.

    Back down on the Subway they go one better with armed guards and sniffer dogs. the dogs look well looked after and don't seem to be ex-soi dogs, though they probably are. What got me was the security guards. Did someone budget minded hire one set of guards (scruffy over sized uniform and truncheon only) then get fired only for his successor to double the budget, hire the proper armed guys then not have the heart to do away with the lesser ones? I mean lesser because they look scruffy, shabby and uninterested. And they try and stay hidden at the ends of the platforms..watch and see!

    Many extensions have been promised:

    1.The Silom Line Extension
    Extended route to run from Saphan Taksin Bridge Station over the Chao Praya River to Taksin Road for 2.2 km.2.The Sukhumvit Line Extension
    Extended route to run from On Nut Station along Sukhumvit Road to Samrong for 8.9 km.
    In addition, the current government policy is focused on expanding the mass transit system to cover the entire Bangkok metropolitan area over the next 6 years. BTSC strongly supports the aim of creating Bangkok’s first truly complete mass transit network – a solution that will seriously tackle the city’s chronic traffic congestion, and we stand ready to work with government authorities to manage and implement this project. As part of this expansion an additional 4 route extensions have been approved:

    1.The Silom Line Extension II
    Extended route to run from Taksin Road to Petchkasem Road for 6.7 km. 2.The Sukhumvit Line Extension II
    Extended route to run from Samrong to Samut Prakan for 7.9 km.3.The Silom Line Extension
    Extended route to run from National Stadium to Phran Nok for 6.8 km.4.The Sukhumvit Line (North) Extension
    Extended route to run from Mo Chit to Saphan Mai for 12 km.

    Finally, you may be glad to say, the democrat party has once again promised to extend the BTS to Samrong from On Nut, and to Kasetsart University from Mo Chit and have the system finished and running by 2008.

    That's not just a wishful dream, that's a nightmare.
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    So basically if you wanted to do your weekly shopping you would have to get a taxi back?

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    You seem to have problems with whatever you do in this country DJ.

    I've always thought the subway was alright, never had trouble taking a bottle of drink or food down there though don't consume it there of course. 6-8 minute wait for a train is fine by me as well.

    Your dead right about the BTS security blowing the whistle when you cross the line though, but I've never felt the life threatening fear they seem to have put into you. Just bods with a job to do at the end of the day.

    Only complaint is that at some stations like asoke they could do with more ticket machines and gates to make the rush hour traffic run a bit smoother.

    In fact other than that, its all a bit of a breeze to use, why's everything such hassle for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    So basically if you wanted to do your weekly shopping you would have to get a taxi back?
    DJ Pat would, the rest of the population just take the food down there.

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    Pat is your next thread gonna be how the super model let me fcuk her in both holes and then I came in her mouth, but she didnt smile wide enough after it was all over? Damn bitch more than any woman I ever met!!!

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    he sounds pissed off to me that there are not random bag searches , surly ticket inspectors and rampaging holigans - not to worry mr dj , give it a few years

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    The boy loves to hate.

    When I was a teen, I thought it was cool to munch a take-away in front of the "drinking or eating prohibited " sign, but I've grown out of it decades ago.

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    I think the subway system is excellent, really well built and finished

    recently I have used the new subway in KL, and it is rubbish by comparison. Only a couple of stations are nicely finished with granite and steel, the rest are plaster which is already looking dirty and cracking, damp stained etc.

    so well done Bkk. As Pat says, a few more trains would be nice, but the time saved instead of going by taxi is worth any wait
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    DJ Pat, what was that word the Ivory Tower people mentioned over and over again when I was in the university. Plagarism? Well, for me it was true, I was using other people's words.

    Give us the missing link...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Pat is your next thread gonna be how the super model let me fcuk her in both holes and then I came in her mouth,
    No but you're a lucky bastard though.

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    It's not bad the BTS and MRT - it would be obviously a lot more useful if they went to more destinations.

    They could do with a few more benches though and perhaps transforming the MRT to be more user-friendly -ie: it's a bit like a prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    It's not bad the BTS and MRT - it would be obviously a lot more useful if they went to more destinations.

    They could do with a few more benches though and perhaps transforming the MRT to be more user-friendly -ie: it's a bit like a prison.
    I think that is why there are no benches, they want you to get on the next train

    usually, in a prison (not that I know for sure) they would not want you to do that

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    I suppose the lack of benches deters the dossers.

    Still it is a bit spartan in there - how about a few plastic plants and coffee shops then?

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    No its an oasis of tranquility!!

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    BTS and MRT are nice in the city, but absolutely nuts if you wanna quit the city...

    Mo Chit northern Bus Terminal, why the system does not link into that ? The taxis or the Tuk tuk or bus companys asked to stop 10 km away from it ?

    Airport ? why they are not linked to this systems ? again taxi tuk tuk bus

    To really make the city attractive to people relying on public transportation and abandoning the car, the little final connections to bus terminals, airports and parking lots should be made...


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    It might have been an intentional 'oversight'.
    Keeps taxi-drivers happy sort of thing.

    Well, maybe....who knows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    ...both holes...
    Are you gonna tell him, dd, or shall I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Pat is your next thread gonna be how the super model let me fcuk her in both holes and then I came in her mouth, but she didnt smile wide enough after it was all over? Damn bitch more than any woman I ever met!!!
    Damn - that's a a little more crude than ur usual writing style AO - I'm gonna have to red u one for that!

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    I've only used the underground once and I was rather drunk, I seem to remember it had a nice floor.

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    The Silom Line Extension
    Extended route to run from Saphan Taksin Bridge Station over the Chao Praya River to Taksin Road for 2.2 km.
    I got a weekend gaff out that way and the structure seems to be completed (the line ends someplace around Ban Kae)..
    from the highway you can see parts of it but not an inch of track seems to have been laid down...yet
    and with the political bickering under way there have been rumors that it might turn into another Hopewell project
    can anybody add more info/rumors to this?
    (besides what one can glean perusing google.. done that already)
    Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    Mo Chit northern Bus Terminal, why the system does not link into that ? The taxis or the Tuk tuk or bus companys asked to stop 10 km away from it ?

    Yes it does seem a bit daft that.

    Perhaps they just ran out of cash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    Mo Chit northern Bus Terminal, why the system does not link into that ? The taxis or the Tuk tuk or bus companys asked to stop 10 km away from it ?

    Yes it does seem a bit daft that.

    Perhaps they just ran out of cash?
    Or common sense - although that must have happened a long time ago....

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    It's amazing that both Sky Train and Subway go to Mor Chit, yet both of those stations are a good kilometer away from the bus terminal.

    As I recall, the bus terminal was supposed to be temporary, but now seems to be permanent.

    In any event, we have three public transit stations within a kilometer of each other, but not close enough to walk.

    It's, it's, it's ------ Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    Mo Chit northern Bus Terminal, why the system does not link into that ? The taxis or the Tuk tuk or bus companys asked to stop 10 km away from it ?
    Yes it does seem a bit daft that.

    Perhaps they just ran out of cash?
    Well seeing as the main airport will be to the east of the city, it's not so daft after all. I've no idea when the train to the new airpost will eventually open though.

    The BMA is paying for the Skytrain to be completed to Thonburi, and the are also saying that they will pay for the Morchit & Bang Na extensions by diverting funds from some of the postponed 'mega projects'. The government weren't happy that the BMA have taken it upon themselves to look after Bangkok's residents when the government once again neglected to keep it's promises.

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