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Transport Minister Caps Electric Train Fare at 20 Baht

Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has announced a significant move aimed at easing the burden of commuters in Bangkok and its surrounding areas. By September next year, he asserts, the maximum fare for all electric train services will be capped at 20 baht.

As of now, this fare ceiling has been implemented solely on two services: the Purple Line running between Taopoon and Bang Phai, and the suburban Red Line connecting Bang Sue and Rangsit. These lines fall under the supervision of the Transport Ministry, and the 20-baht fare has been in effect since October 16th.

Dismissing recent criticism from Move Forward MP Surachet Pravinvongvuth, Minister Suriya defends the 20-baht fare as practical and necessary. He argues that it aligns with a positive trend of increasing popularity, particularly as more individuals opt for electric train services over private cars. This shift not only addresses concerns over air quality, particularly the issue of PM2.5, but also helps alleviate the strain of the rising cost of living.

The minister emphasizes his commitment to this policy, asserting its extension to encompass the Green, Blue, Pink, and Yellow lines by September next year. Negotiations with the operators of these lines are reportedly underway, alongside efforts to introduce a common ticket system applicable across all train services. Additionally, plans are in motion to establish a fund to compensate train operators.

This move signifies a concerted effort by the Transport Ministry to prioritize affordability and accessibility in public transportation, ultimately benefiting the populace of Bangkok and its vicinity.

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