Cabinet extends free bus, train services


BANGKOK, 2 April 2014 – The Cabinet yesterday extended free public transport services until the end of April. 

The cabinet meeting agreed to extend free third-class train and non-air conditioned bus services to the end of the month in a bid to help low-income citizens save on living expenses. According to the Deputy Government Spokesperson Pakdeeharn Himathongkham, a budget of 355 million baht, taken from the Central budget has been allocated to finance the free bus and train service extension.

He went on to say that a total of 800 free buses would be provided on 83 routes per day, while the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) would be providing passengers with 164 train trips per day free of charge.

The free bus and train services were to expire on March 31st.

However, the matter still has to be approved by the Election Commission (EC).