Free Ride!: Elevated MRT Yellow Line Starts Running On Saturday

The MRT Yellow Line, positioned above ground, will commence free trial operations starting this Saturday, given it has satisfied all required safety measures, as communicated by the Transport Ministry.

The trial phase will cover the Lat Phrao-Samrong route, disclosed the ministry on Tuesday, further stating that the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has conducted comprehensive inspections of the structural work, train functioning, and electrical systems.

Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co Ltd (EBM), the entity operating the Yellow Line, is taking measures to ensure the service is available for public use at no cost for approximately a month before initiating fee collection.

News sources reveal that initial ticket prices were determined in alignment with the 2016 concession contract, setting fares at a minimum of 14 baht, with a maximum cap of 42 baht.

Nonetheless, adjustments to these prices will be required, reflecting the Consumer Price Index (CPI) value three months prior to the service’s initiation.

Therefore, assuming an official launch on June 3, the CPI value from March 2023 would require ticket prices starting from 15 baht and not exceeding 45 baht.

The Yellow Line, traveling between Lat Phrao and Samrong, extends 30.4 kilometers and includes 23 stops.

The route initiates at the Ratchada-Lat Phrao intersection in proximity to the MRT Lat Phrao station, proceeding along Lat Phrao Road, crossing the Bang Kapi junction before veering right onto Srinakarin Road.

After crossing the Srinuch, Srinakarin, and Si Thep intersections, the rail route takes a right turn onto Theparak Road and concludes at the Samrong Station, situated at the Sukhumvit intersection.

The concession for the Yellow Line Lat Phrao-Samrong route has been granted to EBM, an entity within the BSR Joint Venture.

The BSR Joint Venture is a collaboration of BTS Group Holdings Public Co Ltd, Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Public Co Ltd, and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Co Ltd.