Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority was on Thursday ordered by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak to speed up feasibility study of at least two mass transit projects in Phuket and Chiang Mai to be completed and submitted to the cabinet for consideration within this year.
He singled out Phuket and Chiang Mai as priority targets for feasibility student, noting that the two provinces have high economic potential but, at the same time, have serious traffic problem.
Meanwhile on Thursday, the MRT signed six contracts with private constructers for the construction of the Orange Line electric train system between Thailand Cultural Centre and Min Buri.
The starting point of the Orange Line at Thailand Cultural Centre will connect with the Blue Line or the current underground train and run through Rama IX road to end at Suwinthawong covering 17 stations altogether.
In the future, the Orang Line will connect with the Yellow Line from Lat Phrao to Samrong and the Pink Line from Kaerai to Min Buri.
As for the extension linking the Bang Sue station of the underground train with Taopoon station of the electric train project, the project will be submitted to the cabinet for consideration next week.
The extension route is expected to become operational in August this year.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)