Wind of Change: Bangkok BTS may soon go open air

Original Photo:  San Francisco Market Street Railway
Original Photo: San Francisco Market Street Railway

Update: Pilot program was short-lived (too hot AND too wet!)

Looking to go beyond social distancing, BTS Skytrain riders may soon feel the wind in their hair.

To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 aboard increasingly crowded trains, the system operator will test-run trains with their windows open for better ventilation, according to the Disease Control Department.

Department Deputy Director Tanarak Plipat said yesterday that the BTS would experiment with operating the popular service in consideration of making it standard to help protect passenger health.

Update: Nevermind, ‘too hot’ and ‘too wet’ for open-air BTS

Reactions to the news were split.

“If you open the window, also reduce the fare price,” @iPorch tweeted.

Paris-fan @Pleasekeepitcon was cautiously optimistic.

“I’m not sure if the speed of BTS and the Paris Metro are equal, but windows in Paris metro were open despite operating underground and I didn’t feel uncomfortable during that summer. Actually I want to see how this goes,” the user tweeted.

@Sorkorlao took a sarcastic shot at those in government.

“If the BTS wants to do that to reduce the virus spreading, I would recommend that practice for Parliamentary meetings too. Turn off the AC and open the windows for the better health of government officials, I’m worried they will all get sick. How would citizens live without them? Poor us,” @Sorkorlao wrote.


Broken BTS, packed platforms greet commuters as Bangkok begins to reopen

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