Increase In Rail Fares To Be Expected

There is a recently released common ticketing system and it could affect the electric train line fares. The chairman of BTS Group Holdings Plc, Keeree Kanjanapas, said that it is expected that the fares will increase if the government failed to provide additional subsidies to private companies that the responsible in managing the lines all over Bangkok. There is an ongoing hotel promotion in Bangkok at the moment but the fare hike can be a turn-off to tourists and locals alike.

He explained that a number of companies have been charged with higher costs in operation and maintenance because of the increase in the number of daily passengers as well as the expanding routes of the transit system. Mr. Keeree said that it is natural for each operator to demand prices accordingly.

He said that both BTS and MRT are using their own price with a starting fare of one baht. With the case of the common ticketing system, they have to get an approval first before they will be given the right to make their own collective starting price.

Once the common ticketing system is complete, the passengers will only be using a single card which they refer to as the Mangmoom or Spider card. The same card can be used for whatever mode of transportation the passenger desires.

There are many instances wherein integration of the system has been planned but never happened. According to latest announcement made by ArkhomTermpittayapaisith, the minister of transport, the new schedule in officially rolling out the new cards will be June of next year.

For the June schedule, the public will only start to use the Mangmoom cards when commuting via the public buses and Airport Rail Link while on October, it can be used on the Purple and Blue Lines of the MRT as well as the BTS skytrain.

Based on the decision of the cabinet, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand or MRTA will now be in charge of the cards instead of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning or OTP. It is expected to help with hotel promotion in Bangkok as tourists will only have to use one card in all of their commutes.

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