Mass transit free on cremation day for King Bhumibol

Mass transit free on cremation day for King Bhumibol

Soldiers rehearse for the royal cremation ceremony at the 11th Infantry Division in Bang Khen district of Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)
Soldiers rehearse for the royal cremation ceremony at the 11th Infantry Division in Bang Khen district of Bangkok on Friday. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

Mass-transit operators will provide free service for mourners paying their last respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the royal cremation day next month.

All lines, including the BTS, BRT, Airport Rail Link and MRT, will give commuters free rides on Oct 26, the operators said on Friday.

Free service for other days during the five-day cremation rite period will vary, depending on the operators.

Free service will be available on Oct 25 and 26 on the Airport Rail Link, the Purple Line, the BRT and the BTS sections between Onnuj and Samrong, and Wong Wian Yai to Bang Wa.

The extended sectors of the skytrain are operated under concessions and the BRT is under a concession from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The Airport Rail Link is run by SRT Electric Train Co, a unit of the State Railway of Thailand. The Purple Line is run by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA)

City Hall, the SRT and MRT decided to add two additional days for free riders on the sectors that they owned.

The royal cremation period runs from Oct 25-29.


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