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Huge crowd at gates of BTS stations

THE NUMBER of passengers using the BTS Skytrain yesterday was so great that operators at BTS stations such as Mo Chit, Siam, Asok, Sala Daeng, Chidlom had to open the gates and allow travellers to pass through without buying a ticket.

They paid for their tickets at the destination station, a source from BTS said. "We can't give the number of passengers until operations close for the day," she told The Nation at mid-afternoon yesterday.

However, the crowd was similar to that seen on December 9, when anti-government protesters went to Government House as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the dissolution of Parliament. Passengers used the service for 767,305 trips on that day.

That was not the record in terms of passengers, but it brought in a record amount of revenue - Bt20 million in a day. Normally, BTS records revenue averaging Bt18 million-Bt19 million a day.

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