MRT, BTS fares to drop to Bt20 within two years
Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) Governor Yongsit Rojsrikul said the government's policy to collect a Bt20 fee for travel on all routes of the capital's underground and elevated electric mass transit trains will come into effect within two years.
MRTA has negotiated with its partners, MRT underground operator Bangkok Metro (BMCL), and the Sky Train Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS).
The timeframe has been set for within two years because the number of commuters will quickly increase due to the lowered fare, and the number of trains should be sufficient to demand.
BMCL currently has 19 trains operating. It needs to at least double that number in order serve future demand once the Bt20 fee come into effect, Yongsit said.
He noted that the MRTA will continue its rail line expansion in the capital. Blue and purple lines, now under construction, were delayed by last yearâ€™s flood crisis. The Cabinet will be asked to consider an extension of another 180 days for the construction falling under the responsibility of the private sector as a result of these delays.
Related projects continue for green, orange, yellow, and pink lines, covering outer Bangkok in multiple directions.
With a budget of some Bt500 billion, the MRTA governor said, management and construction is covered for up to seven years.
Once completed, Bangkok will have an electric train network of more than 200 kilometres, similar to other big cities.
MRTA will manage the system and related services for further investment without depending only on government funding.