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Bangkok Skytrain cancels seat spacing measures

Jack Burton

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Bangkok’s BTS Skytrain network has cancelled its seat spacing measures in order to increase passenger numbers after schools and colleges reopened today. Bangkok Mass Transit System’s CEO says social distancing measures have been relaxed to boost convenience for passengers.

All BTS carriages had crosses on seating to separate seated passengers but had done nothing to keep standing passengers apart.

Stations and trains will still limit the number of passengers to 70% of normal capacity to prevent overcrowding. The BTS is also operating “group release” measures for passengers in the morning and evening rush hours, to prevent overcrowding on platforms. Passengers are being advised “not to talk on their phones” and to “avoid facing each other at close proximity” whilst on trains.

BTS says the frequency of rush hour service is 2 minutes, 25 seconds for trains on the Sukhumvit Line, and 3 minutes, 45 seconds for the Silom Line.

Temperature checks and Thai Chana scanning remain in place on sections of the network.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Alex

    Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2:10 am

    So you can all sit next to eachother in a plane but you must keep your distance in a bts skytrain… Right! Did we all join the circus or what…

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    Nacho

    Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Seems to me that bars,restaurants and clubs are the only places social distancing is being enforced. In my opinion this will lead to ever increasing corruption if the owners want to stay open.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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