Thais to enjoy free transport until March


BANGKOK, Oct 2 – Thailand’s government-sponsored free bus and train services will be extended until March 31 next year, government spokeswoman Sansanee Narkpong said today.

The scheme, which initially expired on Sept 30, covers 800 public buses on 73 routes in Bangkok and the metropolitan area. The government has subsidised the Bangkok Mass Transport Company by Bt1.5 billion to extend the transport benefit to low-income people.

Another subsidy of Bt555 million was granted to the State Railway of Thailand for 172 free economy-class trains a day.

The government also extended the tax exemption on diesel fuel, which also expired on Sept 30, for another month, to Oct 31.