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In the early 1990's, foundations for the Lavalin Sky train were constructed in the middle of two bridges spanning the Chao Phraya river. The Taksin bridge now supports the Silom line to Thon Buri, completed in April 2009. The supports at Phra Pok Klao bridge remain unused but may be utilised as part of the MRT's future Purple Line.

Shortly after it became clear that the Lavalin Sky train was stalled, then-governor Major-General Chamlong Srimuang asked his deputy Krisda Arunvongse na Ayutthaya to create a new feeder system with a route along Sukhumvit and Silom Rd. Krisda, who in the same period was elected governor, and his team from BMA managed to find an investor to build it. Krisda also persuaded all to let the city supervise the project.

The investor founded Bangkok Transit System Corporation and this company successfully financed the system and grew it from a feeder system to a full mass transit project. Siemens as supplier of the railway technology and the Thai contractor Italian Thai Development built the system for BTSC.The Sky Train name was given later by the press. It stuck and will likely be kept even though the portion of the network through the historic Rattanakosin island will one day be below ground.

Originally, the Sky train depot was to be built underneath Lumphini Park, but due to widespread objections from Bangkok residents it was constructed on a parcel of land located along Phahonyothin Road, replacing the old Northern/Northeastern bus terminal (Mo Chit). The current depot at Mo Chit is a part of the proposed Bangkok Terminal project, where a large complex comprising a new regional bus terminal, park & ride facility and other commercial development can be built directly above.

The Sky Train System of Bangkok, the elevated metro rail system, called the BTS.