Mr. Prapas Lueangsirinapha, Director-General of Traffic and Transport Department of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) mentioned that the Green Line BTS Skytrain service extension of the two sections, namely Bearing – Samut Prakan Section and Mo Chit – Saphan Mai – Khu Khot Section had been opened for trial service operation consecutively since April 3, 2018 and for full service operation on December 16, 2021. During the trial service operation, the service was free for almost 3 years. Now that the Green Line BTS Skytrain service is opened at its full scale, the BMA has experienced huge expenditure burden. Therefore, the BMA needs to collect fare from the passengers of Green Line BTS Skytrain extension, starting from February 2021 onwards.
In fact, according to the calculation of Green Line BTS Skytrain’s fare rate, the maximum fare of a whole route is 158 baht. However, in order to mitigate the effects on the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMA adjusted and lowered the highest fare to 104 baht instead. It will cause the BMA to incur a financial loss from the expansion of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 million baht per year. When counting from 2021 until 2029, there will be an estimated loss of 30,000-40,000 million baht.
The BMA recognizes the impact on people caused by the adjustment of Green Line BTS Skytrain’s fare. Consequently, the BMA has studied methods of implementation that yield the highest benefit for the public. It is found that the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is the best suitable method for solving the problem of Green Line BTS Skytrain project. With this, the BMA can determine the fare rate that does not become a heavy financial burden to passengers, and can provide public services that are convenient, safe, and effective for the people.