BRT improvements: Bangkok’s bus service to continue with 455 million baht funding enhance

In a bid to boost the current quality of public transportation within the capital, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has announced BRT enchancment plans to continue the city’s bus service after the concession held by the Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc (BTSC) expires on the final day of August.
Premiere to maintaining and improving the BRT service was affirmed by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt throughout an interview with Isara News Agency. He highlighted the BMA’s intent to augment the frequency of bus stops and procure extra buses to boost commuter comfort.
The 57 yr old governor, emphasising the operational gaps in the service, said…
“There’s an pressing want for improvements.”
Out of the 25 BRT buses presently under operation, solely 10 are practical, resulting in longer ready durations, typically as a lot as fifteen minutes, for commuters to catch a journey.
The governor also drew attention to the frequent encroachments by private automobiles onto lanes designated for the BRT service, particularly during peak hours on Rama III Road. Such infringements cause important delays in bus service delivery.
Therefore, the BMA plans to not solely improve the frequency of the service but also incorporate extra BRT stops close to pedestrian crossings. Emulating useful fashions from different countries, this initiative is seen to be largely efficient in easing commuter entry in South Korea, and the BMA hopes for similar positive outcomes in Bangkok. The city additionally anticipates introducing smaller, electricity-powered buses into the fleet, thus echoing global tendencies in sustainable city transportation, reported Bangkok Post. Chadchart added…
“We is not going to stop the BRT service. We will enhance it.”
In the backdrop, a confidential BMA supply revealed a finances allocation of US$13 million (455 million baht) for contracting a company to operate and keep the BRT system. The BRT enchancment plan consists of hiring a workforce inclusive of cleaners and safety personnel.
The supply also indicated the BMA’s urgency in securing a new operator before the present contract terminates. As per the existing settlement, the BRT levies a fare of 15 baht for every of the 9,000 to 10,000 every day passengers, whereas the BTSC profits from promoting revenues. However, the shortage of profitability has dissuaded BTSC from renewing its concession..

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