BTS Group Holding Company chairman Keeree Kanjanapas has suggested an adjustment of mass transit fares now that “Mangmoom” tickets will soon come into force which will allow commuters to travel in all mass transit systems using just one ticket.
He pointed out that while the Mangmoom tickets will provide more convenience to the commuters, operators of the mass transit systems, including the BTS Group Holding which operates the BTS skytrain, will have to bear more maintenance costs from the expansion of services and increasing number of commuters.
He cited for an example that if the starting fare of using all mass transit systems is one baht and when a commuter is charged one baht fare for the first ride in a system and then he connects to another system for the second ride without being charged “then how can the operators survive when there are more routes and more passengers while the operators’ revenue remain unchanged.”
Mr Keeree disclosed that, currently, about 900,000 commuters use BTS system each day and the number is expected to climb up to two million per day in the next three years after the system is connected with the Pink Line from Khae Rai to Min Buri and the Yellow Line from Lat Phrao to Samrong.
Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) acting governor Rithika Suparat, however, said he would invite representatives of BTS and BEM (Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc) to discuss issues regarding the setting up of an affiliated company to manage and maintain the single-ticket system for commuters.
As for the fare issue, he said it should wait until the installation of single ticketing system is completed.