Bangkok commuters to ride electric trains for just 20 baht

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Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit pledged that by September 2025, electric train rides throughout the metropolitan area will cost a mere 20 baht, fulfilling a longstanding promise of the ruling Pheu Thai Party.

This initiative, initially implemented on select lines last year, faced scepticism from opposition figures like Surachet Pravinvongvuth of the Move Forward Party. Yet, Suriya remains steadfast, asserting that this policy is essential for enhancing transportation infrastructure and alleviating financial burdens for citizens.

Addressing naysayers, Suriya emphasised the government’s commitment.

“All train fares will indeed be capped at 20 baht.”

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To achieve this ambitious goal, the ministry plans to introduce a joint-ticket system, simplifying travel across the entire public transport network.

Furthermore, a dedicated fund will compensate operators for revenue losses incurred by this fare cap. With a draft bill in the works, Suriya anticipates swift approval from the Cabinet, ensuring the seamless implementation of this groundbreaking policy, reported The Nation.

Beyond affordability, Suriya underscores the environmental benefits, envisioning increased usage of eco-friendly electric trains to combat greenhouse gas emissions and hazardous PM2.5 particles.

“The government remains steadfast in its promise. We’re determined to cap all train fares at 20 baht within two years, revolutionising urban transportation for the betterment of all.”

In related news, the State Railway of Thailand‘s (SRT) Red Line electric commuter rail network is set to undergo a significant expansion, according to Deputy Transport Minister Surapong Piyachote. The Transport Ministry will put forth proposals for the construction of three extensions this week: the Taling Chan-Salaya extension, the Rangsit-Thammasat University, the Rangsit Campus extension, and the Taling Chan-Siriraj extension.

In other news, Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) embarks on an initiative to replace its ageing fleet with 3,390 electric buses, announced Deputy Transport Minister Manaporn Charoensri.

During a recent board meeting, it was revealed that the BMTA has prioritised the urgent acquisition of new electric buses, aligning with its commitment to mitigate environmental impact across the metropolitan area.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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