Mass transport ticketing pool underway

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BANGKOK, Dec 12 – Several state-run mass transport agencies will discuss a joint ticketing system to serve at least six million commuters in Bangkok daily, according to the Transport Ministry.

Chula Sukmanop, director of the Transport, Traffic Policy and Planning Office, said a central clearing house will be set up to serve the agencies which participate in the ticketing pool.

Joining the central system will be the State Railway of Thailand, Bangkok Metro Public Co, Bangkok Mass Transit System, Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, Expressway Authority of Thailand, Don Muang Tollway Plc, Bangkok Expressway Public Co, and the Marine Department – all of which signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to launch the plan to better serve Bangkok commuters.

Mr Chula said the private sector will be invited to join a bid to operate the clearing house system.

It will take about 30 months before the ticketing pool is launched.