The authorities responsible for Bangkok rail transportation finally realized that stations’ names should make more sense. For example, the BTS and MRT stations that are connected should share the same name, such as MRT Silom and BTS Sala Daeng.
The Transport and Traffic Policy Plan Office, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRT), and Airport Rail Link recently held a joint committee meeting about the naming criterion for the future extension of the MRT.
They agree that naming new stations after roads must be avoided as it can cause confusion due to the road’s long distance. Instead, the new stations must be named after the area or a landmark, which is easier to indicate. If the interchangeable stations are in the same building or within 50 meters of each other, both must use the same name.
This include interchange stations including BTS Mo Chit and MRT Chatuchak; BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit; BTS Sala Daeng and MRT Silom, and MRT Phetchaburi and Airport Link Makkasan.
Transport and Traffic Policy Plan Office will survey people’s opinion whether the change will cause even more confusion since people have gotten familiar to the names.
Under the new criterion, the MRT Yellow Line’s Pattanakarn station, which is in the same area as Huamark Airport Rail Link, will be renamed Huamark. Thonburi-Sirirat station on the Red Line will be shortened to Sirirat to match an Orange Line station, to name a few, Manager reported.