Democrat politician asks why BTS cheaper than state-run MRT
Fares on the BTS Green Line are cheaper than the MRT Blue and Purple Lines, Samart Ratchapolsitee, deputy leader of the Democrat Party, pointed out in a Facebook post on Sunday.
In the post, the politician compared the average fare for a one-kilometre trip on the BTS Green Line versus the same distance on the MRT and showed that the BTS fare costs Bt1.23 while the MRT is Bt1.59.
He also pointed out that the 53km BTS run from Samut Prakan’s Kheha station to Pathum Thani’s Khu Khot station costs just Bt65. In comparison, the 44km MRT line from Khlong Bang Phai station in
Nonthaburi to Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok costs Bt70 – Bt42 for 23km from Khlong Bang Phai to Tao Poon on the Purple Line and Bt28 for the 21km from Tao Poon to Hua Lamphong on the Blue Line.
Samart also asked why fares on the MRT, run by the state’s Mass Rapid Transport Authority (MRTA), are not cheaper when the government holds the largest share on the MRT lines.