BMTA inks contract to procure 489 NGV buses

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the city’s bus service operator, on Friday signed a contract with Bestrin Group for the purchase of a fleet of 489 NGV buses at a cost of 3.38 billion baht.

The contract signing ceremony was chaired by Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Cheewapruek.

Unlike the existing buses in operational, the new buses will have special seats for the disabled, equipped with CCTV system to keep track on the conduct of the drivers, conductors and passengers, with free WIFI and GPS system.

Also, BMTA will introduce E-tickets for the new bus fleet which will enable passengers to connect with other public transport systems without the need to buy new tickets.

The first batch of the new bus fleet will be delivered by Bestrin Group to BMTA in 90 days which means that they will be put into service in early January as a New Year’s gift for city bus commuters. Bus fares range from 12 to 24 baht per trip.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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