Mass transit: Partial launch of new ticketing system set for June

Mass transit: Partial launch of new ticketing system set for June

'Spider' card includes rail routes, city buses

The government promises to begin a common-ticket or 'spider' system by June where one ticket would cover fares by BTS, bus and three other systems. (File photo)
The government promises to begin a common-ticket or 'spider' system by June where one ticket would cover fares by BTS, bus and three other systems. (File photo)

A common ticketing system for different modes of public transport is expected to be partially introduced in June, says a transport official.

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Common ticketing due for June launch

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A common ticketing system for different modes of public transport is expected to be partially introduced in June, says a transport official.

Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen, deputy permanent secretary for transport, said the system, called the maeng moom (spider), will be used not only by four electric rail routes but also by the city bus system.

Passengers currently have to buy separate tickets for each rail service. The spider card will serve as a single ticket to make travel more convenient for Bangkok commuters.

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), operator of the city buses, will call bidding to select a firm that will install and manage an electronic pass card system for its fleet under a 1.8-billion-baht, five-year contract.

Of the total of 2,600 buses, 100 will start using the common ticketing system in June.

Mr Peraphon said the four electric rail systems – the BTS Skytrain, the Airport Rail Link, the Purple Line and the Blue Line subway service – will tweak the plans so a partial launch can take place in June.

Each station is likely to have one entrance and one exit for the common ticketing system in the initial stage of the operation with the system likely to be up and running fully by the end of this year, he said.

"Initially, the BMTA is likely to adopt the ticketing system first, followed by the BTS. The Airport Rail Link will be next, followed by the Purple Line and the Blue Line subway service," he said.

"They all have their own ticketing systems with varying degrees of complexity. Non-transport operators, such as convenience stores, are also expected to join in so the spider card can also be used to make purchases," Mr Peraphon said.

Fare reductions are unlikely when the spider card is introduced, he added, because each system has prior contracts and obligations.

He said low-income earners who currently use the free bus services will not be left out, as the Finance Ministry is making preparations for them.

The ministry is expected to launch a registration campaign for people eligible to use public transport free of charge in August and low-income earners will be able to use buses with the common ticketing system in October.

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  • adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้
  • Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) (noun): a state agency providing bus service to people living and working in Bangkok and the nearby provinces (i.e. Nothaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom Provinces) - องค์การขนส่งมวลชนกรุงเทพ
  • bidding (noun): offering to buy/sell something at a specific price - การยื่นเสนอราคา, การประมูล
  • campaign: a planned series of activities - การรณรงค์
  • common: done or shared by two or more people - ที่เป็นของส่วนรวม, ที่ร่วมกัน
  • commuters: people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน
  • complexity: features of something that make it confusing or difficult to deal with - ความซับซ้อน
  • contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • convenient: easy to do, or not causing problems or difficulties - สะดวก
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • degree: an amount of something - ระดับ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • due: expected to happen or should happen; expected to arrive; scheduled - มีกำหนด
  • eligible: allowed by rules or laws to do something or to receive something - มีสิทธิ
  • entrance: a door, gate, passage, etc. used for entering a room, building or place - ทางเข้า
  • exit: a place for leaving a building or area; a way out of a building or area - ทางออก
  • fare: the money that you pay for a journey - ค่าโดยสาร
  • Finance Ministry (noun): the ministry in charge of managing the country's money - กระทรวงการคลัง
  • firm: a business or company - บริษัท
  • fleet: a group of vehicles, planes, boats, or trains, especially when they are owned by one organisation or person - กลุ่มรถแท๊กซี่, รถโดยสาร, หรือเครื่องบินที่อยู่ในบริษัทเดียวกัน
  • initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • introduce (verb): to start something new, for the first time - เริ่ม, ริเริ่ม, ตั้ง
  • launch: an event held to announce or start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า, การเริ่มวางขาย
  • left out (verb): not included -
  • low-income earners (noun): poor people -
  • mode: a particular way of doing something; a particular type of something - แบบ, วิธีการ
  • obligations: things you must do; duties - หน้าที่ที่พึงกระทำ
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • operations: the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ
  • operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
  • partially: in part, but not completely - บางส่วน
  • passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • permanent secretary: a government official, not a political appointee, in charge of a ministry - ปลัดกระทรวง
  • preparations (noun): things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • prior: before - ก่อนหน้า
  • public transport: the system of buses, trains, etc. provided by the government or by companies, which people use to travel from one place to another - ขนส่งมวลชน
  • purchase: the process of buying something - การซื้อ
  • rail: the whole transportation system of trains connecting stations along rail tracks - รางรถไฟ, ระบบทางรถไฟ
  • reduction: the process or result of making something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - การลดลง
  • registration: the process of recording names or information on an official list - การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
  • route: the way that planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly - เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.
  • select: to choose - คัดเลือก
  • separate: different; not connected - ซึ่งไม่ต่อเนื่อง, ซึ่งไม่เชื่อมกัน
  • serve: to function as; to be used as - ใช้เป็น, ทำหน้าที่เป็น
  • stage: a part of an activity or process or a period of development - ช่วง, ระยะ, ตอน
  • system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ
  • tweak: to make slight changes to a machine, system, etc. to improve it - ปรับเปลี่ยเล็กน้อย
  • unlikely: not expected to happen; probably won’t happen - ที่ไม่น่าจะเกิดขึ้น
  • up and running (adj.): when a system is working and operating now, after a period of preparation or installation -
  • vary: to be different in different situations - ปรวนแปร, เปลี่ยนแปลง, แตกต่าง
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