BMA eyes 50% discount BTS tickets for senior citizens

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BANGKOK, 10 May 2012  – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is currently in the process of negotiating for a 50% discount in BTS Skytrain fares for senior citizens, hoping to implement the new rate by the end of the year. 

Deputy Bangkok Governor Teerachon Manomaipiboon said that the BMA is looking to cut BTS fares by half for passengers over 60 years of age. The BMA has already proposed this plan to the operator of the BTS skytrain, Bangkok Mass Transit System Company (BTSC), who is expected to give the BMA an answer next week.

With approval from the BTSC, the new rate is expected to be applied to senior passengers before the end of 2012. In order to be eligible for the 50% discount, the passenger must present his/her identification card as proof at the ticket office.

Apart from senior citizens, the BMA and the BTSC have also been discussing fare reductions for certain groups of people, including children and community groups, as well.