Chadchart rethinks free train rides
- Published: 18 Aug 2013 at 19.56
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Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt on Sunday said he was considering dropping the limited free third-class train scheme and charging commuters half-priced tickets in an effort to screen passengers after commuters complained many people were taking free rides unnecessarily and drinking alcohol on board.
Mr Chadchart revealed his intentions after he took two trips on third-class trains on Friday and Saturday to gather first-hand information about ways to improve train services. The minister’s first trip was a low-profile one taken on his own, while the second was officially arranged.
He said he talked to passengers and train employees during the trips and was told about many problems. For example, commuters complained about cleanliness and quality of toilets both on board the carriages and at train stations.
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