Those still looking for weekend plans may consider sliding under Bangkok to two new subway stations opening for free rides tomorrow.
The two new stations – MRT Bang Phai and Bang Wa – will link up with the five stations that came online about a month ago.
As of tomorrow, seven of the 11 new stations along the Blue Line extension will have opened, 15 years after the system opened. The goal is to have the full, 14-kilometer extension up and running next month.
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The new stations will be open 7am to 9pm daily. Trips to MRT Bang Wa and stations in between will still require changing trains at MRT Hua Lamphong during the trial period. Passengers will, however, have to pay THB16 (about 50 cents) when they pass through Hua Lamphong station.
MRT Bang Wa closes the loop with the BTS Skytrain system by allowing commuters to transfer between the two.
According to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority, trains should arrive at the new stations in eight-minute increments.
So far, the pilot service stops at the Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot, Sanam Chai, Itsaraphap, Tha Phra Bang Phai and Bang Wa stations.
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