After years of delays, the Mangmoom (spider) card for public transport will finally be usable for travel on June 23, but only on two mass transit lines.
The three types of the Mangmoom card (from left) general public, students and seniors. (Photo from mrta.co.th)
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand on Friday announced the debut of the card on June 23.
The card will be available in limited numbers at all Purple Line stations. Buyers have to show their ID during the purchase. The minimum cost will be 150 baht - 100 of it for fares and 50 for the card deposit.
The card will be used only for travel on the MRT Purple and Blue lines first, but will be extended to public buses operated by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority and travel on the Airport Rail Link in October, the announcement said.
The card has been in the making since 2015, when it was intended to be in use in 2016. It has suffered several delays.
Most recently, MRTA governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said the card will be on sale to the public from June 22. Now, the launch date is June 23.
The government plans for the card to be in use on all mass transit systems by 2020.