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They forget to mention that the London underground is a huge con trick. You walk down some steps, then walk half a kilometre in a tunnel full of poor musicians. Finally you enter a large hall with ant

Is this price one way or return , if only one way then people shouldn't use it at all , nobody should be expected to pay two thirds of a daily wage just to travel to work and back .

New York flat fare on it's subways is $2.75 (about 90 Baht) in one of  the most expensive cities in the world. A flat fare of say 30 Baht on BTS and MRT in Bangkok would seem fair for here.  

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34 minutes ago, DaLa said:

They forget to mention that the London underground is a huge con trick. You walk down some steps, then walk half a kilometre in a tunnel full of poor musicians. Finally you enter a large hall with antique one arm bandits  that don't give change. Then you travel for 5 minutes down an escalator, walk another 200 metres and wait for a train.

 

You get on that train and try not to look at anyone for 10 minutes, exit the train and walk another 200 metres to another escalator where you rise up to another platform and catch another train.

 

Repeat the last part and then walk another half kilometre through tunnels full of the other half of the band waiting to hit the big time. Not far now , just walk up 100 steps and you’re out on the street…...only 1 kilometre from where you started.

 

Oh what an inconvenience 

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As long as you are dealing with a private company they are going to want to 

a. make a profit

b. keep shareholders happy

c. pay for maintenance and uprgades to the system.

 

Right now a person traveling to Bangkok from Khu Kot is paying 

a. 35 baht for the bus which takes forever to get to victory

b. 15 baht for mini bus to major and 37 baht to mor chit or victory total 52 baht.  The challenge with this is the long wait in line to get a minivan at night as traffic and weather cause delays and everyone is trying to get home.

 

I realize that you can not charge the same as you did when the BTS ran just from Mor Chit to ON Nut.  Costs do increase with the mileage and with the number of people you have to hire to work at the different stations.

 

Can everyone afford the BTS now NO.

Is Khu Kot swamped i the morning with people even though it is free NO

If the government took over running the system would it be better and could they do it for 50 baht one way.  NO GOD NO

 

The only fair solution is to determine what the cost of running the trains and stations is and adding that cost plus 20% or you can simply look at the original Mor chit On nut costs and raise the cost for each stop by 10 baht to cover the costs

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, soi3eddie said:

 

New York flat fare on it's subways is $2.75 (about 90 Baht) in one of  the most expensive cities in the world. A flat fare of say 30 Baht on BTS and MRT in Bangkok would seem fair for here.

 

The New York flat fare for a single ticket was $3.00 (B100), not $2.75 and similar to the BTS, its' fare will shortly be increased to $4.00 (B122). The fact is that that the New York Metro was built in 1904 and is aging considerably, consequently there have been 64 major accidents on the system. It does not have modern signaling systems on all its' system, like the BTS has. If there was a flat fare of B30 the whole system would be overcrowded and without any profit, the maintenance of the system would suffer and trains, stations etc would start falling apart with frequent breakdowns, the same as the BMTA buses and SRT trains. 

 

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