Free rides boost new electric boat service

Free rides boost new electric boat service

City Hall is to replace petrol-powered passenger boats on Padung Krungkasem with electric vessels this week.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang and City Hall officials ride on an electric-powered boat on Padung Krung Kasem canal for its final test run yesterday. The new boats will replace petrol-powered vessels on Friday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The electric-powered boats will be introduced on the canal between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers this Friday, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said.

The new vessels for the service, which began in 2016, can carry up to 30 passengers.

City Hall spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang posted a Facebook message saying it will give passengers free rides for the first six months.

The boat service will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and from 8am to 7pm at weekends.

The service is part of plans to interconnect modes of public transport in the capital.

It will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

Final testing of the new vessels took place yesterday.

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