Subway fare rise deferred 3 months

Subway operator Bangkok Metro Public Company Limited (BMCL) will delay a plan to raise fares on July 3 for 90 days to join the National Council for Peace and Order’s efforts to “return happiness to the public”, the Transport permanent secretary said on Thursday.

Somchai Wattanasirichok said deputy NCPO chief ACM Prajin Juntong, who is in charge of economic affairs for the junta, had asked him to negotiate with the management of the BMCL to postpone the next subway train fare hike.

Mr Somchai said he talked with BMCL executives and they agreed to retain the current fare until Oct 2 without seeking any compensation.

The BMCL management said they wanted to “return happiness to the public” which is a campaign launched by the NCPO, according to Mr Somchai.

Mr Somchai said he had reported the BMCL’s three-month fare rise delay to Acm Prajin.

The subway concession held by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA) and the BMCL states that fares on underground train services can be increased every two years.

How much the fare rises depends on the consumer price index, but the contract says ticket prices can be increased from the current 16-40 baht per journey, to 16-42 baht.

The issue would normally be put to the incumbent cabinet.

The price increase will now be submitted to the NCPO which will decide whether to approve the next rise.

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