Free bus, train services may be extended

Free bus, train services may be extended

A woman gets on a free public bus. (Bangkok Post file photo)
A woman gets on a free public bus. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The government is considering extending the free bus and train services for another three to six months and delaying taxi fare hikes.

Transport Minister Prajin Juntong said the free ride on public buses and trains would likely be extended after it expired by the end of July to help people cope with economic difficulties and the high cost of living. 

The ministry will consider the issue next Monday and forward the decision to the cabinet for approval.

Earlier, the ministry had said the programme would be revised to target only needy groups instead of for everyone. People over 60 years old will not be charged while low-income earners will pay half the fares. The latter group would need to register to receive stickers endorsing the privilege.

ACM Prajin said the ministry would also reconsider the planned taxi fare hikes based on two factors — costs and service quality.

Given the higher cost of living, the approval on taxi fare hikes would be delayed for a period.

Earlier, the ministry had told taxi drivers it would consider another increase this month.

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