BRT improvements: Bangkok’s bus service to proceed with 455 million baht funding increase

In a bid to enhance the current high 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 final day of August.
The BMA’s dedication 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 enhance the frequency of bus stops and procure additional buses to spice up commuter convenience.
The 57 12 months old governor, emphasising the operational gaps in the service, said…
“There’s an urgent want for enhancements.”
Out of the 25 BRT buses at present underneath operation, solely 10 are useful, leading to longer ready durations, usually up to fifteen minutes, for commuters to catch a ride.
The governor additionally drew consideration to the frequent encroachments by personal automobiles onto lanes designated for the BRT service, significantly during peak hours on Rama III Road. Such infringements trigger important delays in bus service supply.
Therefore, the BMA plans to not only enhance the frequency of the service but additionally incorporate extra BRT stops near pedestrian crossings. Emulating useful fashions from different nations, this initiative is seen to be largely effective in easing commuter access in South Korea, and the BMA hopes for related constructive outcomes in Bangkok. Profit anticipates introducing smaller, electricity-powered buses into the fleet, thus echoing international trends in sustainable metropolis 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 budget allocation of US$13 million (455 million baht) for contracting a company to operate and keep the BRT system. The BRT improvement plan contains hiring a workforce inclusive of cleaners and safety personnel.
The source additionally indicated the BMA’s urgency in securing a model new operator earlier than the current contract terminates. As per the existing agreement, the BRT levies a fare of 15 baht for every of the 9,000 to 10,000 day by day passengers, while the BTSC earnings from advertising revenues. However, the dearth of profitability has dissuaded BTSC from renewing its concession..

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