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MRT Orange LineDescription : The MRT Orange Line (Thai: รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร สายสีส้ม) is one of planned rapid transit lines of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand.This Line is divided into 3 sections, Taling Chan - Thailand Cultural Centre (17.5-km), Thailand Cultural Centre - Bang Kapi (9-km) and Bang Kapi - Min Buri (11-km). The section from Taling Chan to Bang Kapi is scheduled to be completed in 2019.When fully completed, the line will be about 37.5-km long, mostly... Page:m204

MRT Orange Line
รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร สายสีส้ม
Overview
TypeRapid transit
SystemBangkok Metro
StatusBidding and Tendering
LocaleBangkok, Thailand
TerminiTaling Chan
Suwinthawong
Stations30 (planned)
Operation
Openedc. 2020 (Eastern section)
OwnerMass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA)
Operator(s)MRTA
Technical
Line length37.5 kilometers (23.3 mi) (est.)
Track length23 km (Eastern section)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 2 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationThird rail
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Legend
Taling Chan
Bang Khun NonBSicon exTRAM.svg
Siriraj
Chao Phraya River
Sanam Luang
Democracy MonumentBSicon exTRAM.svg
Lan Luang
Yommarat
Ban Tad Thong
Ratchathewi
Pratunam
Ratchaprarop
Victory Monument
Din Daeng
Pracha SongkhroBSicon exTRAM.svg
Thailand Cultural CentreMRT (Bangkok) logo.svg
MRTA Depot
Khlong Lat Phrao
NawasiBSicon exTRAM.svg
Ram Khamhaeng
Hua Mak Stadium
Hua Mak
Lam SaliBSicon exTRAM.svg
Si Burapha
Khlong Ban Ma
Sammakon
Nom Klao
Rat Pattana
Min Pattana
Keha Ramkhamhaeng
Min BuriBSicon exTRAM.svg
Suwinthawong

The MRT Orange Line (Thai: รถไฟฟ้ามหานคร สายสีส้ม) is one of planned rapid transit lines of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand.

This Line is divided into 3 sections, Taling Chan - Thailand Cultural Centre (17.5-km), Thailand Cultural Centre - Bang Kapi (9-km) and Bang Kapi - Min Buri (11-km). The section from Taling Chan to Bang Kapi is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

When fully completed, the line will be about 37.5-km long, mostly underground, with 29 stations (7 elevated stations and other 22 underground stations, including the current Thailand Cultural Centre Station of MRT Blue Line).

The line is indicated by the colour Orange on the map.

History

The original plan of Orange Line aimed to serve travel demand between the northwestern area of Thonburi, at Bang Bamru Railway Station in Bang Phlat District, and the east of Bangkok in Bang Kapi District. It was planned to run along Ramkhamhaeng Road and Ratchawithi Road, passing many public places like Hua Mak Stadium, Dusit Zoo and Victory Monument, and provide access to universities including Ramkhamhaeng University, Suan Sunandha and Suan Dusit Rajabhat University and many government offices.

In 2009, the proposed MRT Brown Line from Bang Kapi District, elevated along Ram Khamhaeng Road, to the eastern suburb in Saphan Sung District and Min Buri District, was merged with the Orange Line in Bangkok's mass rapid transit master plan. In July 2011, the section from Bang Khun Non to Taling Chan was finally scrapped in favour the SRT Light Red Line spur line which duplicates the same route. In 2012, there were further notable changes made to the central and western sections of the Orange Line. The section from Din Daeng District to Bang Bamru was rerouted away from Victory Monument to Pratunam Market, Petchaburi rd and Larn Luang Road, then under Ratchadamnoen Klang Road (the cancelled BTS Silom Line extension to Phrannok route) and terminates at Bang Khun Non to interchange with the MRT Blue Line extension. (Instead of the previous route to Taling Chan District to interchange with SRT Light Red Line).

Alignment

The Orange Line will start from Min Buri District as elevated structure on Ramkhamhaeng Road (former Suka Phiban III Road) from eastern suburb in Min Buri District and goes underground near Lam Sali intersection in Bang Kapi District, also transfers to MRT Yellow Line. It continues southwest along Ramkhamhaeng Road, passing Hua Mak Stadium and Ramkhamhaeng University. Then it turns to the west and crosses Pradit Manutham Road to the current MRT depot. Then it goes to Thailand Cultural Centre Station, the alignment crosses over and transfers to the current MRT Blue Line. It continues via Din Daeng housing estates and Bangkok City Hall 2 to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sam Liam Din Daeng Junction. Then turn left into Ratchaprarop Road towards Pratu Nam and turn right into Phetchaburi Road then interchange with BTS Sukhumvit Line at Ratchathewi Station. It continues along Larn Luang Road and Ratchadamnoen Road. Then crosses the Chao Phraya River near Phra Pinklao Bridge, passes Siriraj Hospital and goes along Bangkok Noi Rail line and terminates at Taling Chan District, interchanges with SRT Red Line. The total length is 37.5 km.

Progress

The Orange line was due to be tendered by the end of 2013. However, due to resident protests regarding station footprint and compulsory land acquisition around stations at Pratunam, Ratchsprarop, Pracha Songkro and Soesim stations the MRTA stated that is needed another 12 months to redesign sections of the line. Subsequently, political protests against the Thai government led to the metro transport funding bill lapsing when parliament was dissolved in Dec 2013. As of December 9 2015, the Thai cabinet has approved the Orange line. On 19 April 2016, the Cabinet approved 82.9 billion baht to build 17 stations and 21.2 km of rail from the Thailand Cultural Center to Minburi, of which 12.2 will be underground and 9 will be elevated.

Stations

In the table below, an italicized name indicates that the station is under construction and not yet in operation.

CodeStation NameThaiInterchangeNotes
Thailand Cultural Centre - Suwinthawong (Construction begins late 2016)
Suwinthawongสุวินทวงศ์
Min BuriมีนบุรีBSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Pink Line (c. 2020)
Keha Ramkhamhaengเคหะรามคำแหง
Min Phatthanaมีนพัฒนา
Rat Phatthanaราษฎร์พัฒนา
Nom Klaoน้อมเกล้า
Sammakonสัมมากร
Khlong Ban Maคลองบ้านม้าPark & Ride service
Si Buraphaศรีบูรพา
Lam SaliลำสาลีBSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Yellow Line (c. 2020)
Hua Makหัวหมาก
Rajamangala Stadiumราชมังคลากีฬาสถาน
Ramkhamhaengรามคำแหง
Ramkhamhaeng 12รามคำแหง 12
Pradit Manuthamประดิษฐ์มนูธรรมBSicon exTRAM.svg BMA Grey Line (proposed)
MRTAรฟม.Depot
Thailand Cultural Centreศูนย์วัฒนธรรมแห่งประเทศไทยMRT Blue Line
Park & Ride service
Taling Chan - Thailand Cultural Centre (Western Extension)
Pracha Songkhroประชาสงเคราะห์BSicon exTRAM.svg MRT Light Blue Line (proposed)
Din Daengดินแดง
Rang Namรางน้ำ
RatchapraropราชปรารภBSicon exTRAM.svg Suvarnabhumi Airport Link
Pratunamประตูน้ำ
RatchathewiราชเทวีBSicon exTRAM.svg BTS Sukhumvit Line: Ratchathewi Station
Banthat ThongบรรทัดทองFuture station
YommaratยมราชBSicon exTRAM.svg SRT Dark Red Line (c.2021)
Lan Luangหลานหลวง
Democracy Monumentอนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตยMRT Purple Line extension (proposed)
Sanam Luangสนามหลวง
Sirirajศิริราช
Bang Khun Nonบางขุนนนท์MRT Blue Line north extension (c. 2020)
Taling Chanตลิ่งชันBSicon exTRAM.svg SRT Light Red Line

(c. 2020) and

BTS Silom Line extension (proposed)

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