BRT enhancements: Bangkok’s bus service to continue with 455 million baht funding boost

In a bid to boost the present quality of public transportation in the capital, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has introduced BRT enchancment plans to proceed the city’s bus service after the concession held by the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) expires on the last day of August.
The BMA’s dedication to maintaining and bettering the BRT service was affirmed by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt during an interview with Isara News Agency. He highlighted the BMA’s intent to augment the frequency of bus stops and procure further buses to spice up commuter convenience.
Discount , emphasising the operational gaps in the service, said…
“There’s an urgent want for enhancements.”
Out of the 25 BRT buses at present beneath operation, only 10 are functional, leading to longer waiting intervals, often up to fifteen minutes, for commuters to catch a ride.
The governor also drew attention to the frequent encroachments by non-public autos onto lanes designated for the BRT service, significantly throughout peak hours on Rama III Road. Such infringements cause vital delays in bus service delivery.
Therefore, the BMA plans to not only improve the frequency of the service but also incorporate further BRT stops near pedestrian crossings. Emulating useful models from other nations, this initiative is seen to be largely efficient in easing commuter access in South Korea, and the BMA hopes for related constructive outcomes in Bangkok. The city additionally anticipates introducing smaller, electricity-powered buses into the fleet, thus echoing international trends in sustainable city transportation, reported Bangkok Post. Chadchart added…
“We is not going to cease the BRT service. We will enhance it.”
In the backdrop, a confidential BMA supply revealed a price range allocation of US$13 million (455 million baht) for contracting a company to operate and maintain the BRT system. The BRT improvement plan includes hiring a workforce inclusive of cleaners and safety personnel.
The source additionally indicated the BMA’s urgency in securing a new operator before the present contract terminates. As per the prevailing settlement, the BRT levies a fare of 15 baht for every of the 9,000 to 10,000 daily passengers, whereas the BTSC income from advertising revenues. However, the dearth of profitability has dissuaded BTSC from renewing its concession..

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