ART fares survey ordered

ART fares survey ordered

The Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) has called for public input on fare costs for its automated rapid transit (ART) buses in Phuket which will go into full service in 2028.

The MRTA is conducting a survey on ART bus fees among people in Phuket until next Friday.

Prices currently proposed include commuters traveling on the futuristic buses in city districts -- within eight stations -- being expected to pay 15 baht. Any ride that includes nine to 14 stations will be 20 baht. A proposed fare for a ride from the city centre to the outskirts of Phuket is looking set to be 50 baht in total.

Phuket's rubber-wheeled ART buses are intended to help both locals and tourists while boosting the island's economy.

The first phase of construction will connect Phuket International Airport to its city centre, Chalong Intersection, providing 21 stations that cover a 42-kilometre ride. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2026.

If Phuket ends up hosting the "Specialised Expo 2028" in March to May 2028, the MRTA will extend the project, adding two more stations which will run to Chatchai pier.

The survey aims to collect locals' opinion on ART flat fares in the first phase of construction and about a possible extension to Chatchai pier.

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