BMTA ready for free bus service
Deputy Transport Minister Songsak Thongsri on Thursday morning inspected the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority's readiness in launching the free bus services.
The services are part of the six measures approved by the Cabinet in July to cut down the cost of living, at a time of rising oil prices. For six months, starting from Friday August 1, BMTA will run 800 non-airconditioned buses for free of charges in 73 routes. The government will shoulder the disappearing revenue, which is estimated at Bt1.22 billion.
"After this service ends, we will evaluate the situation and cost of living to see if the service should be extended," Songsak said.
BMTA has asked the government to pay out the subsidy on a monthly basis, so that it has enough cashflows.