Transport assures no bus fare rise in 2 years

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has assured that city bus fare will not be allowed to rise during its two-year bus service reform.

However, train, Saen Sab and Chao Phraya boat services fares will rise due to increasing oil price.

DLT director-general Sanit Promwong said transport authorities are scrutinising appropriate bus fares for each bus route to find a conclusion under its total bus service reform.

He said the reform will see improvements and changes in the existing 269 bus routes in the city and outskirts in two years time.

During the two-year reform, no fare increase will be allowed, he said.

But after the reform completes, it is possible to see fare increase in all systems.

However, he said that if bus service quality remain unchanged, any fare increase will give a burden to the people.

He said the DLT is in the process of hiring Thailand Development Research Institute to conduct study on the guidelines in appropriate bus fare increase which is expected to be completed in 10-12 months.

Meanwhile, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) says it will increase train fares from Aug 21 onwards, citing oil price increase as main reason.

SRT deputy governor in charge of train operation Thanongsak Pongprasert said beginning Aug 21, train fares on the 115 new trains running on three routes, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Nong Khai, and Bangkok-Hat Yai, will go up at an average of 100-200 baht per seat.

The Marine Department also allowed boat operators in Chao Phraya river and San Saeb canal to raise boat fare by one baht, beginning Thursday (Aug 17).

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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