New buses ready for use

New buses ready for use

New natural gas vehicle (NGV) air-conditioned buses are ready to serve people travelling to Sanam Luang from Dec 21 as the first lot of 100 vehicles has been shipped to Thailand.

Five of them will be first used to facilitate Sanam Luang-goers while the rest will run on 22 other routes in Bangkok, Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) chief Surachai Eamvachirasakul said yesterday.

They will pick up people at the Democracy Monument and drive along Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue towards the capital's iconic grounds, he said.

Others, together with 389 more NGV buses scheduled to be delivered within this month, will serve people in four bus operation zones. They are Bang Khen in northern Bangkok, Min Buri in the East and Samae Dam and Samut Prakan in the South. They will replace buses in the ageing fleet.

A test performance for the first lot will be held between next Thursday and Friday. The new buses are equipped with Wi-Fi for passengers and CCTV cameras to monitor drivers' behaviour. They also have a low floor body to better facilitate wheelchairs.

The 489 NGV buses are part of the BMTA's plan to repair and buy new buses. Next week, the Transport Ministry will ask the cabinet to approve its purchase of 200 electric buses, said deputy Transport Minister Ormsin Chivapruck.

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