Free public bus & train services to continue for 6 more months


BANGKOK, 31 March 2013 The mobile Cabinet meeting has decided to extend the free transport service, intended for low-income public, for another six months. 

Government Spokesman Tossaporn Serirak said on Sunday the assistance measures, previously scheduled to end in March, will be extended until the end of September instead.

The free service includes public buses and third-class train rides.

Mr. Tossaporn stated the Bureau of the Budget will be responsible for the state subsidy for the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority and the State Railway of Thailand.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt reported to the Cabinet meeting that free bus and train subsidies for the two organizations had continuously burdened the government and suggested the speeding up of the one-ticket system implementation.