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Plans are taking shape for an e-ticketing system that will combine all the city's public transport systems under a single ticket by 2017 or 2018 – the BTS and subway by next year.

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When the e-ticketing plan becomes operational it will include not only the BTS Skytrain (left) and the subway, but bus and boat networks as well. Photos by Panumas Sanguanwong

Single ticket plan takes shape in city

Amornrat Mahitthirook

An e-ticketing system will combine all the city's public transport systems under a single ticket by 2017 or 2018, according to current plans. The first phase of the plan calls for common tickets for BTS trains, subways and the Airport Rail Link by July 2016.

The Transport Ministry will discuss a joint ticketing system with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and boat operators tomorrow in a bid to link public transport systems in the city, acting director of the ministry's Common Ticketing Office Phadet Praditphet said yesterday.

Mr Phadet said the BMTA and operators of the Chao Phraya and Khlong Saen Saep express boat services will discuss creating an integrated ticketing system to make travel more convenient for Bangkok commuters.

Aside from express boats and buses, the joint e-ticket will cover the skytrain, the subway and the Airport Rail Link, he said.

The BMTA's 489 new natural gas for vehicles (NGV)-fuelled buses will also have the e-ticketing system and a GPS system to monitor bus movements, in a pilot project to prepare for integration with other transport systems, he said.

"The OTP plans to ask the BMTA if it can implement the joint ticketing on the new buses," said Mr Phadet, adding that first the agencies need to assess the maintenance expenses of the new fleet and finalise the concessionaire.

Pranee Sukasorn, BMTA acting chairwoman and director, said the agency is willing to discuss the integrated ticketing system with boat operators and install the OTP's e-ticketing system in buses.

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong wanted the installation of the joint ticketing system to be launched on at least one motorway under the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat), the BMT System Plc's skytrain, the Metropolitan Rapid Transit's (MRT) subway and the BMTA buses.

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Vocabulary:

acting : doing the work of the usual person in a particular job while they are not there, or until a new person starts - ที่รักษาการแทน

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

assess (verb): to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์

bid : an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม 

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

concessionaire : a person or company that has the legal right given by a business or government to sell things - ผู้ได้รับสัมปทาน

convenient : easy to do, or not causing problems or difficulties - สะดวก

current : of the present time - ปัจจุบัน

express (adj.): going very fast; going faster than the ordinary service -

finalise : to complete the last part of a plan, trip, project, etc - ทำให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์

fleet : a group of vehicles, planes, boats, or trains, especially when they are owned by one organisation or person - กลุ่มรถแท๊กซี่, รถโดยสาร, หรือเครื่องบินที่อยู่ในบริษัทเดียวกัน

GPS : global positioning system (a system by which signals are sent from satellites to a special device, used to show the position of a person or thing on the surface of the earth very accurately) - จีพีเอส (ระบบกำหนดตำแหน่งบนโลก)

implement : to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used - นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้

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

integrated : combining things of different types in one effective system - ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน

integration : the process of combining with others to create a single unit or system - การรวมเข้าด้วยกัน, การผสมผสาน

joint : done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน

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

link : to connect - เชื่อม

maintenance : the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly - การซ่อมบำรุง

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

metropolitan : relating to a large city - เกี่ยวกับเมืองใหญ่

monitor : keep track of - ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต

natural gas : the gas used for cooking, power generation and car fuel in Thailand - แก๊ซธรรมชาติ

network : a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

operational : able to work normally - ที่สามารถใช้งานได้

operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ

phase : a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ

pilot project : a plan, product or system that is used to test how good something is before introducing it - โครงการ นำร่อง

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

take shape (verb): to develop and become more complete or organised - เป็นรูปเป็นร่าง, เป็นตัวเป็นตน

Transport Ministry (noun): The government ministry oversing all matters related to transportation, including highways, air transport and safety, licensing, road taxes, etc. - กระทรวงคมนาคม

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