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To the Editor;

This is our 8th winter in Jomtien and my husband and I were full of anticipation that a normal public bus service was in the offing, as along the new road brand-new bus shelters were being completed earlier this year. The previous bus stops all over 2nd Road, Jomtien Beach Road, and Thepprasit Road did not result in any bus services.

A couple of years ago or so there was a Red Line bus that left Jomtien and went all the way along to North Pattaya and Banglamung and the Outlet Stores and then back along Sukhumvit to Chaiyapruek Road and Jomtien Beach Road. We never could find out where/if the yellow and green line ran and from where to where. Now none of them are running.

However, there is a bus to the Floating Market but when I called at the tourist office to enquire about the time table the girl there did not have any information except to tell me that it ran 5 times daily but not when it started in the morning or the time of the last trip.

One would have thought that a town of ½ million inhabitants or so would have public transport laid on like other “normal” towns in Thailand as tourists have to depend on overcrowded baht taxis and sometimes have to wait a long time to even be able to get on one. Increasingly these taxi drivers only take private fares and will not stop for us ordinary mortals who will/or can not afford the 150 baht they demand.

When will this city wake up to provide public services likes buses, and clear up the increasing amount of rubbish?

Yours faithfully,

Rose Marie Hammond