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    BTS Adequate...Except During Peak Hours

    ...I invite CEO Kavin to join me during rush hour when as many as 6 crammed trains pass, leaving passengers stranded on platforms...and maybe he'd enjoy a half-hour or so of annoying ads and jingles (Shopee! Shopee!) blaring from speakers in each BTS car...and don't get me started on aggressive fatties (looking at you, Khun Kavin)...

    Bangkok's Crammed Elevated Metro Sees Expansion Tripling Profits

    By Anuchit Nguyen (Bloomberg)
    April 20, 2018, 4:00 AM GMT+7


    • BTS Group Holdings predicts 6 billion baht net income by 2022
    • CEO expects Bangkok to rely on rail as in Hong Kong and Tokyo



    Commuters board a sky train at Phloen Chit Station in central Bangkok. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg
    The operator of Bangkok’s elevated metro system anticipates a tripling in profit over five years as the network expands and commuters flee traffic jams.

    BTS Group Holdings Pcl predicts about 6 billion baht ($192 million) of net income in 2022, up from 2 billion baht last year, Chief Executive Officer Kavin Kanjanapas said. Roughly two-thirds will come from the mass-transit business as new track takes daily ridership to some 2.5 million passengers from 700,000 currently, he said.




    Kavin Kanjanapas

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    “Thailand is following the path of other big cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo, with mass transit becoming much more important for commuting,” Kavin, 43, said in an interview Thursday in Bangkok.

    BTS Group is extending the elevated mass-transit rail network further across Bangkok as Thailand’s military government tries to bolster the nation’s economy by upgrading infrastructure. The firm and its partners are also set to compete for a $6.4 billion high-speed rail project to link three international airports, with bidding due later this year, Kavin said.

    “We’re preparing all of our resources to participate in most major transit projects that the government will open for bidding,” he said.


    While the so-called SkyTrain’s route length across Bangkok will climb to 49 kilometers by March next year from about 38 kilometers presently, one major challenge is overcrowding, especially in peak hours, with commuters jammed into carriages and sometimes unable to find room to board trains.
    "Crowding is to be expected during peak hours, just as in other big cities like Singapore and Hong Kong," Kavin said. "After peak hours, our train capacity can handle the number of passengers. We’re confident the existing numbers of trains are sufficient to meet demand."
    Kavin said BTS Group’s media unit, VGI Global Media Pcl, which provides advertising services on the train network, will also contribute to earnings growth.

    "For some investors, BTS Group is a prime bet for Thailand’s aggressive plan for mass-transit development,” said Raenoo Bhandasukdi, an analyst at KT Zmico Securities Co. in Bangkok.
    The holding company’s net income increased 90 percent to 888.5 million baht in October through December from a year earlier. The shares have climbed 4 percent this year, compared with a 2 percent rise in the benchmark SET Index. They trade at 39 times blended forward 12-month earnings, less than the five-year average of 44 times.
    BTS Group is the sole operator of the almost two-decade-old SkyTrain system and owns a third of the BTS Rail Mass Transit Growth Infrastructure Fund, to which it sold the rights for future SkyTrain revenue in 2013. The group also has interests in property.




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    We’re confident the existing numbers of trains are sufficient to meet demand.

    That's nice

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    is. it. fuck

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    Just got on at Bang Chak no room got off On Nut most people wait for next train.

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    They should hurry up and close Saphan Thaksin, with it's ridiculously small single platform. It confuses tourists.

    During peak times run through trains Bang Wa - Mo Chit without changing at Siam

    Also Samrong to National Stadium. They can turn round quicker and head back again

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...I invite CEO Kavin to join me during rush hour when as many as 6 crammed trains pass, leaving passengers stranded on platforms...and maybe he'd enjoy a half-hour or so of annoying ads and jingles (Shopee! Shopee!) blaring from speakers in each BTS car...and don't get me started on aggressive fatties (looking at you, Khun Kavin)...
    indeed, I was surprised how things got completely fucked up during rush hours since my last visit

    it's like this city keeps growing and growing and nobody is there to "regulate" it, it has gone completely wild

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    ...it's not passenger convenience Khun Kavin is after; it's maximum profit from minimum expenditure...amazing how many Thais have experienced the far more efficient transport systems in HK and Singapore and yet don't complain about overcrowded trains, a critical half station and increasing fares in bkk: Thainess is good for business when you have a monopoly...right, Kav?...

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    you should try the MRT at rush hours, it's even more mental

    in Asok, long lines even for getting out of MRT

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    ...the MRT is far too working class: they're more accustomed to suffering silently...

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    don't complain, have you seen rush hours in Tokyo subway ? it's pure madness !!!

    what is happening to BTS was to be expected, traffic downstairs got much worse, hence more people taking the BTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    what is happening to BTS was to be expected
    ...not, apparently, by BTS management...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    have you seen rush hours in Tokyo subway ? it's pure madness !!!
    Possibly uncomfortable for some but, allegedly, always a young maiden around to amuse oneself with.

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    Airport Link is severely overtaxed during rush hours, too. It's a human sausage, people are crammed in so tight.

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    ...Airport Link is operated, I believe, by SRT: a crony-infested nest of incompetent fools and a good example of Thainess at work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...it's not passenger convenience Khun Kavin is after; it's maximum profit from minimum expenditure...amazing how many Thais have experienced the far more efficient transport systems in HK and Singapore and yet don't complain about overcrowded trains, a critical half station and increasing fares in bkk: Thainess is good for business when you have a monopoly...right, Kav?...
    ....deep bureaucratic logic and rhetoric as such applies to an extended subsidized "public" service.
    Following the government/corporate profit motive without improvements to public works, per usual.

    Nothing should surprise anyone as to how Thais conduct business at this level.
    Patting themselves on the back and seeing all the false goodness, when such infrastructures are failing miserably in reality.

    Thainess. Business as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...Airport Link is operated, I believe, by SRT: a crony-infested nest of incompetent fools and a good example of Thainess at work...

    Yep ...the non-stop 'Express line''

    Both trains running needed repairs, so they halted the fast line

    2yrs later...still being 'fixed'...one of the redundant trains is left parked near Makkasan Station for all to see....has been for a few months.

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    After Dongjing Tokio it's nothing.
    You aint see crowded until you've seen Shinjuku in the rush hour crammed like sardines in silent ignominy



    From my rare mid-day trips years ago the BTS is for

    1 Frotteurs
    2 Trainnee Frotteurs and Frotteur spotters
    3 Trainspotters
    4 Brainspotters
    5 Poor people
    6 People on a schedule

    Easy to ration it bu price make it 50baht minimum fare and double for all those schoolkids who should jog
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Yep ...the non-stop 'Express line''

    Both trains running needed repairs, so they halted the fast line

    2yrs later...still being 'fixed'...one of the redundant trains is left parked near Makkasan Station for all to see....has been for a few months.
    Supplied by Germany, yes?

    The Bangkok Airport Rail Link: The fastest train in Thailand.

    "The trains used on the airport rail link are Siemens Desiro Class 360/2. Both the City Line and Express Line use this train type. However the City Line is in a 3 car consist with a standard longitudinal seating layout. The Express Line is in a 4 car consist with higher specification interior and seating plus a luggage car for passengers who checked in their bags for flights at Makkasan. There are 5 City line trains and 4 Express line trains in operation with a total of 9 trains on the line.

    Despite these trains being brand new they have already developed issues with airconditioning that appears to be linked to the speed the train travels as it switches off when the train slows down and stops and comes back on when it powers up to running speed again. This does lead to rather stuffy carriages at times and a train carriage temperature that is very inconsistent. This does not occur on the BTS trains that are much older and manufactured by the same company."


    http://The Bangkok Airport Rail Link...n in Thailand.
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