Rail fares slashed to boost patronage

Rail fares slashed to boost patronage

Passes valid for 30 days with a fare discount on the Blue and Purple electric train lines will be sold in March. (Bangkok Post photo)
Passes valid for 30 days with a fare discount on the Blue and Purple electric train lines will be sold in March. (Bangkok Post photo)

Passes valid for 30 days with a fare discount on the Blue and Purple electric train lines will be sold in March, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) said.

MRTA governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said on Wednesday the Blue Line Pass and the Multi-Line Pass were approved at an MRTA board meeting. They will go on sale from March 1.

The Blue Line Pass carries different prices according to the number of trips: 450 baht for 15 trips, 700 baht for 25 trips, 1,040 baht for 40 trips and 1,250 baht for 50 trips.

The Multi-Line Pass, which is good for travelling interchangeably between the Blue and Purple Lines, costs 810 baht for 15 trips, 1,300 baht for 25 trips, 2,000 baht for 40 trips and 2,250 baht for 50 trips.

Both passes are valid for 30 days from the day they are used for the first time. After they have been topped up, their validity extends to 45 days from the first, post-top up day of travel.

Unused portions of the passes cannot be redeemed for cash.

Mr Pakapong said the highest fare on both lines is 70 baht. But with the passes, the fare is reduced to 54 baht.

He added the latest Covid-19 outbreak has dramatically slashed ridership on both the Blue and Purple train lines.

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