Self-driving trams to be used in Bangkok’s Gold Line transit service arrived at Laem Chabang Port Thursday before their launch in October.
The four Bombardier Innovia Automated People Mover 300 vehicles will be the first self-driving transit vehicles used in the country will make luxury shopping mall Iconsiam accessible via train for the first time.
The delivery of the APMs from China was postponed from April due to the Covid-19 crisis. Two more APMs will be delivered in August.
Manit Techa-apichoke, president of Krungthep Thanakom Co,. an enterprise under the supervision of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said the first phase of the 1.8-klometer route between the Krung Thonburi, Charoen Nakorn and Klong San station is now 89 perent complete.
The fare will be 15 baht for the whole route and it is expected to serve 42,260 passenger trips per day in the first year. Each train has two carriages with a capacity of 138 passengers each.
Sumit Srisantithum, chief operating officer for Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc., said the company was hired to procure APMs and run the system for 30 years.
The new Gold Line APM will connect key tourist attractions along the Chao Phraya River including Iconsiam and Lhong 1919.
The Bombardier Innovia APM 300 is a next-generation automatic people mover with rubber ties that reduces noise and vibration levels. It runs at a maximum speed of 80 kph.