BTS to start trial early service from March 1


BANGKOK, 13 February 2014 The skytrain operator is set to begin an early service for commuters on a trial basis next month, following a slew of suggestions from the public. 

Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) chief operating officer Surapong Laoha-unya said the special service will go on a trial run from March 1 onwards. The new service offers passengers the chance to board the train before its usual operating hour at 6 am.

The first train will leave Mor Chit and Bearing stations at 5.15 am. Trains on the Silom Line will meanwhile depart at 5.30 am. Those who wish to use the service before 6 am are advised to use their Sky Smartpass or Rabbit Card to board the train as one-time passes are not available.

Passengers can check the BTS’s new schedules at announcement boards at each station.

Mr Surapong said BTS customers have been sending suggestions to the company, saying that train services should run earlier to meet the rising demand of workers who need to travel longer distances.

The operator will make another assessment after 6 months to determine whether the early service will become permanent.