Officials will slash fares for weekend riders of the MRT Purple Line to a flat rate after suffering from low passenger numbers for months.
Starting March 4, the fare, which normally ranges from THB14 – THB42, will be decreased a flat rate of THB15 for adults, THB14 for students and only THB8 for children and the elderly on weekends and public holidays. The new fares will apply for both single journey tokens and stored value cards.
The Purple Line starts at Taopoon station in Bangsue and runs to Nonthaburi province. Yet it doesn’t connect to the Blue Line at Bang Sue station, and commuters have to take a free shuttle bus in order to travel between the two train lines.
The Purple Line opened in August, 2016, but the platforms have remained mostly empty, especially on weekends. In January, the line only served an average of 20,150 customers per day.
In the past six months, the Purple Line brought in daily revenue of THB484,000, a huge loss compared to its daily operation costs of THB4 million, according to Post Today.
Officials last week signed off on the construction on the connecting tracks between the Purple and Blue lines. Once the two lines are connected, the number of passenger is expected to increase by 20 percent.
The construction is supposed to be complete in August of this year.