Cabinet slashes public transport fares to reduce living costs

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BANGKOK, The Cabinet has approved a series of measures to help shoulder the burden of rising living costs, including cuts to public transport fares.

The cabinet has approved the Ministry of Transport’s proposal to cut bus and train fares in half for the disabled, war veterans, monks, the elderly and individuals earning less than 3,632 baht a month. Those eligible for the fare cuts need to display their ID cards to receive the discount.

Students who have yet to enter ninth grade are also eligible to pay a third of the normal fare. The new rule will be in effect from November 1 this year.

However, the fare cuts will replace the free bus and train rides project, which is set to expire in October. Over its duration, the free transport program cost an average of 2.4 billion baht per year.