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The Mangmoom card will be launched in April and initially combine mass transit train and boat tickets. (Bangkok Post file photos)

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Bangkok commuters will be able to use a single ticket for all electric train and Chao Phraya express boat services in April, according to the transport minister.

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Common ticketing system ready in April

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Bangkok commuters will be able to use a single ticket for all electric train and Chao Phraya express boat services in April, according to the transport minister.

Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Monday the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTTPP) had confirmed the common ticketing system, called the Mangmoom (Thai for "spider" ) card would be officially available to the public in April.

The stored-value card would initially combine all four mass transit rail lines currently in service – the BTS skytrain, MRT Blue Line and Purple Line, and Airport Rail Link – with the Chao Phraya express boat service. The goal is to integrate water and rail transport ticketing services in the capital.

It will include public bus services, the expressway and motorways later this year.

Mr Arkhom said the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) would operate the common ticketing system until the planned public-private partnership company is formed and ready to take over the operation.

Surachai Eamvachirasakul, director of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), said the agency expected to complete the installation of Mangmoom card readers and GPS systems on 2,600 public buses and to launch a test run by June.

Kosin Jaetiyanond, chief of the Department of Highways' Inter-City Motorway Division, said work was being done so M-Pass cards for the expressway and motorways could be used in the new ticketing system, probably in June or July.

The Mangmoom card was named and its logo designed by Ms Wannicha Anakesitthisin, who won in a design contest held by the Common Ticketing Office under the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning in October 2015. (Facebook/ThaiCommonTicket)

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Vocabulary:

agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

available : that you can get, use, find or buy - มีอยู่, หาได้

capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

combine : to mix or be put together - รวมกัน

common : done or shared by two or more people - ที่เป็นของส่วนรวม, ที่ร่วมกัน

commuters : people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน

confirm (verb): to state or show that something is definitely true or correct, especially by providing evidence - ยืนยัน

currently : at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

division (noun): one part of a large company or organisation - แผนก

form : to start to exist and develop; to make something start to exist and develop - พัฒนาขึ้น, สร้างขึ้น

goal : aim; purpose - เป้าหมาย จุดมุ่งหมาย

initially : at first - ในเบื้องต้น

installation (noun): the act of fixing equipment or furniture in position so that it can be used - การติดตั้ง

integrate : to combine things of different types in one effective system - รวมเข้าด้วยกัน

launch (verb): to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ

Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) (noun): a government agency under the Ministry of Transport of Thailand. It is responsible for overseeing the operation of rapid transit systems in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region - การรถไฟฟ้าขนส่งมวลชนแห่งประเทศไทย

mass transit : involving the movement of large numbers of people, using buses, trains, etc. - การขนส่งมวลชน

officially : publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ

operate : to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ

partnership (noun): when a company owns and runs a business and shares profits, etc or with another company - หุ้นส่วน, ความร่วมมือ, ห้างหุ้นส่วน, ห้างหุ้นส่วนจำกัด

policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย

private : involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน

probably (adv): likely อย่างน่าจะเป็นไปได้, อย่างค่อนข้างแน่, อย่างน่าเชื่อแน่ว่า - อย่างน่าจะเป็นไปได้, อย่างค่อนข้างแน่, อย่างน่าเชื่อแน่ว่า

public (adj): belonging to the government -

spider (noun): a small creature with eight thin legs. Many spiders spin webs (= nets of thin threads) to catch insects for food - แมงมุม

stored-value card (noun): a payments card with a monetary value stored on the card itself and is not connected to an account with a financial institution - บัตรเงินสด

system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ

take over : to begin to have control of or responsibility for something, especially in place of somebody else - เข้าควบคุม, เข้ารับตำแหน่งต่อ

the public : people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน

ticketing (noun): the process of producing and selling tickets -

transport : moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง

Transport Minister (noun): The government minister who heads the Ministry of Transport - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงคมนาคม

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