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Connect the ‘missing link’ at Tao Poon, Samart says

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A SENIOR Democrat Party politician has suggested moves for the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) to boost the number of passengers using its newly-opened Purple Line.

The MRTA needs to join the “missing link” between the line’s Tao Poon station and the Blue Line’s Bang Sue station as soon as possible, Samart Ratchapolsitte, a former deputy governor for Bangkok, said in a Facebook post yesterday.
A subway link between the two stations would be much better than the free shuttle-bus service provided temporarily to cover the one-kilometre “missing link” between the two stations.
Purple Line, which runs from Tao Poon and Bang Yai, opened on August 6 but is only getting about 20,000 riders a day, less than a third of what the MRTA expected.
Samart said the MRTA now earns about Bt600,000 a day from ticket fees, compared to its daily costs of Bt3.6 million in running the Purple Line. 
“That means the MRTA is losing Bt3 million a day, which is a big burden for them,” he said.
He also suggested that the price of tickets and parking at MRTA park-and-ride building should be cut to attract more passengers. 

Published : August 20, 2016