Bus service cuts tipped amid passenger decline

Bus service cuts tipped amid passenger decline

Bus services in Bangkok is expected to be reduced from Sunday after passenger numbers dwindled amid the resurgence of Covid-19. (Bangkok Post photo)
Bus services in Bangkok is expected to be reduced from Sunday after passenger numbers dwindled amid the resurgence of Covid-19. (Bangkok Post photo)

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is expected to start reducing bus services from Sunday, after passenger numbers dwindled amid the resurgence of Covid-19.

BMTA director Surachai Iamwachirasakul said executives would on Friday discuss how to streamline the service after daily passenger numbers fell from 800,000 to 500,000 following the Covid-19 upsurge last month.

He said the BMTA needed to study the details of each route to determine when and how to cut the service in response to flagging passenger demand.

"We expect fewer passengers this month after the government announced the work-from-home policy and ordered schools to conduct classes on-line," said Mr Surachai.

"Yet we simply cannot just remove buses. We need to make sure that we have enough buses so passengers can stay one metre apart to observe the social distancing rule.

"As of now, we are still providing a full service and all 2,900 public buses are still operating."

The BMTA's decision is expected to be announced tomorrow with the anticipated service reduction to start as soon as Sunday, sources said.

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