The time has come.
Bangkok’s MRT Blue Line train (yes, the one that most of you use) will increase its fares by THB1 for some trips, effective from Dec. 1.
After holding off price rises for five months in an attempt to “to support the government’s policy to lighten the [economic] load,” today Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited (BEM) announced the official new prices for the MRT Blue Line, which runs from Tao Poon Station in Bang Sue District to Hua Lamphong station in Pathum Wan District.
Specifically, fares are set to jump for journeys of five, eight or 11 stations in length, but the base and maximum price points will remain the same (THB16 to THB42).
Despite the fact that the increase is small, some netizens are understandably not very happy about it.
“You’re asking for money without improving anything. The trains are already so crowded… isn’t it time you buy more train carts?” wrote one commenter on the BEM’s Facebook page.
“This is what you consider ‘lightening the load? When your company is losing money, you basically beg citizens to use your service. Now that your head is above the water, you’re asking for more from us” wrote another.