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BTS Skytrain’s Green Line maximum fare to rise, Rail Transport Department disagrees with the move

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After the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration agreed to raise the maximum fare on the BTS Skytrain’s Green Line from 59 baht to 158 baht, the Rail Transport Department is calling on city officials to suspend the maximum fare ceiling, saying it would put an unfair burden on passengers.

Bangkok Governor Aswin announced earlier that the maximum fare of 158 baht is to be imposed on February 16, but a discount to 104 baht is offered during the Covid-19 outbreak. The City Hall needs to increase the fare rate because it can’t pay the debt to Bangkok Mass Transit System.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob says the BMA should halt its policy on the new BTS maximum fare and wait for other authorities to find proper solutions.

The Chairman of a House committee on transport, Sophon Sarum, a former transport minister, dismisses the BMA’s claim of its financial inability to repay the Green Line’s loans while suggesting the BMA to manage the Green Line’s finances by raising funds from banks and other financial institutions.

The Rail Department and BMA will meet to discuss the maximum fare ceiling this week.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Coconuts Bangkok

 

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7 Comments

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  1. Ian

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Raise fairs for banks and other financial institutions ????? 555 who might they be

  2. Ben

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    A 168% increase on the maximum fare? Seems unconscionable.

    There are missing details that would help make sense of this type of increase. Don’t they raise fares annually? Who at the BMA is getting rich? Something is definitely off.

  3. Ben

    Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    A 168% fare increase? Seems unconscionable.

    There are details missing from this story on why this increase makes sense. Don’t they raise fares annually? Who at BMA is getting rich from this? Something is definitely off.

  4. Mr cynic

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Given the vast majority of the debt is in foreign currency and taking into account the year in year out increase in the strength of the baht something does not add up here?

  5. James Pate

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:24 am

    A bit more detail would be nice. I believe the Green Line is just from Bearing to Keha, not to be confused with the Light Green (Sukhumvit) line correct? Yes, it sounds a bit pricey. What commuters need is a monthly pass, fully-integrated, with options each person needs for their daily commute, with all rail and bus lines included as needed. Options could range anywhere from around 1000 for a short commute to 9000 a month for an almost inconceivably long one. Yes, the feudalistic turf wars between overlapping jurisdictions and authorities is always problematic in Thailand. Let the computers do the work instead of picking numbers out of the sky.???????

  6. Sam

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Screw the BTS!! This will knock down the already overpriced condos on the edge of city on this line

    • James Pate

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      You’re right. Prices around Samrong, for example, (which used to be the edge of the universe) are stupid expensive. However, anyone who can afford them won’t mind the increased fares. The folks who live in more humble dwellings, in the shadows of those condos, need a lower, fair fare. Otherwise, the main purpose of mass rail transit is defeated and they should not be condemned to long bus rides in heavy traffic.????

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