Blue Line MRT fares to rise by up to 2 baht from tomorrow

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The fares for the Blue Line MRT will increase by 1 to 2 baht, starting tomorrow, with a maximum fare of 45 baht. Discounts for children and seniors remain at 50%.

Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited (BEM) announced the new fare rates for the Blue Line MRT, known as the Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line. Starting tomorrow, July 3, the fares will begin at 17 baht and cap at 45 baht, up from the previous cap of 43 baht. These rates will be effective from tomorrow until July 2, 2026, reported KhaoSod.

The fare increase comes after careful consideration and analysis to balance operational costs and the need to keep public transport accessible. The Blue Line MRT, which serves as a crucial transportation link in Bangkok, offers a dependable alternative to road travel and continues to offer discounts to specific groups to maintain affordability.

The fare increase aligns with the terms of the concession agreement. Children and senior citizens will continue to enjoy a special 50% discount on fares, while students will receive a 10% discount on the regular fare.

The new fare rates will be in effect for three years, and BEM will continue to monitor and review the pricing structure to ensure it meets the needs of the public while sustaining the network’s growth and development. For those frequently using the Skytrain services, the slight fare increase is seen as a necessary adjustment to support the network’s continued operation and future expansions.

In related news, the Supreme Administrative Court upheld a previous ruling by the Central Administrative Court, greenlighting the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRT) to ink a deal with Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM) for the Orange Line extension from Bang Khun Non to Min Buri.

The legal tussle began when Bangkok Mass Transit System Company (BTSC) took the MRT to court, challenging the bidding process for the lucrative construction project. BTSC alleged that the MRT had altered bidder qualifications midway, a move they claimed had caused significant financial damage to their company.

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