Bombardier to Supply Thailand’s First Monorails

Bombardier’s INNOVIA Monorail 300 system. Rendering: courtesy of Bombardier.

Bombardier Transportation was awarded contracts to supply its Driverless INNOVIA Monorail 300 system for two mass rapid transit lines in Bangkok, Thailand. The contracts are with the Northern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (NBM) and the Eastern Bangkok Monorail Co. Ltd. (EBM), which are responsible for the turnkey construction and 30-year concession of the new lines. 


Bombardier will design and supply the mechanical and electrical elements for the two monorail lines and deliver a combined total of 72, four-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (288 cars) equipped with BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology. The contract with NBM is for a new 34.5 km Khae Rai-MinBuri (Pink) Line to operate with 42 trainsets, and the contract with EBM is for 30 train sets for the 30.4 km Lat Phrao-Samrong (Yellow) Line. The contracts also include providing the project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the new trains and systems. 


“Bombardier is helping cities across the world address their congestion issues and these iconic monorails will be an important addition to Bangkok’s growing rail network, providing comfortable, quick travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers daily,” remarked Richard Hunter, Bombardier Transportation’s president of rail control solutions and south east. “Our driverless INNOVIA Monorail 300 system offers energy efficiency, sleek design, spacious interiors and inter-car walkthrough for superb comfort and enhanced safety as well as rubber tires for minimized noise and a smooth ride. Also able to handle sharp curves and complex environments, it is well suited to the high-capacity requirements of the Thai capital.” 


“Falling in our 20th Anniversary Year in Thailand, it is truly a landmark milestone for our monorail technology to be chosen for these visionary urban development projects in Bangkok,” added Hunter. 


The INNOVIA trainsets will be manufactured at the Bombardier Joint-Venture Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems in China.