Bangkok commuters are advocating for a flat 20 baht fare cap for metro rides, as the current fares are inconsistent. The government is planning to phase in this change.
The BMA believes that the 20-baht fare will encourage more people to use public transportation, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality in the city. Additionally, the flat fare would simplify the fare structure, making it easier for passengers to navigate the metro system.
Bangkok Commuters’ Struggle for 20-Baht Metro Fares
Bangkok commuters’ wish to pay a maximum of 20 baht for a metro ride, regardless of the distance traveled, still faces significant obstacles. The ruling Pheu Thai Party has not been able to make this dream a reality. Presently, commuters pay fares ranging from 12 to 47 baht per ride, with additional charges for using multiple metro lines.
Challenges in Current Fares
Greater Bangkok currently has 12 city lines covering a total of 242.34 kilometers. These lines have different systems and fare structures, making it challenging for the government to implement a universal maximum fare of 20 baht. For example, the Green Line charges from 17 to 47 baht, while the Red Line’s fares range from 12 to 42 baht.
Efforts to Implement the Cap
The Pheu Thai Party aims to cap metro fares at 20 baht, with ongoing efforts to implement this policy. The government has already imposed the 20-baht fare cap on certain metro routes, resulting in increased ridership. However, the proposal has also faced some criticism. Some argue that the 20-baht fare would lead to overcrowding on metro lines, particularly during peak hours. Others worry that the reduced fares would result in a loss of revenue for the BMA and metro operators.
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