MRT’s Yellow Line—Pink Line will be tested in April before beginning service this year with free rides. The starting fare is 14 baht.
Mr. Surapong Laoha-Unya, President and Executive Director of BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited, or BTS, stated that the company has discussed the MRT Yellow Line, Lat Phrao-Samrong section, and the Pink Line, Khae Rai-Min Buri section, with the Ministry of Transport.
During system testing, the public is welcome to attend for free.
The fare will not be collected during the test run, which is expected to begin operations in April of this year, in order to prepare for public testing.
Concerning the commissioning period, the readiness of civil work, vehicle operation, and all electrical systems must be evaluated. Before a safety certificate and official facility opening can be issued, the test results must be approved by an independent engineer (ICE).
The readiness verification process takes about two weeks, so it will be available for free trial to the public while waiting for the ICE certification.
Commercial use is permitted on the yellow line from June to August.
According to the commercial service plan for both electric train lines, service will begin simultaneously along the route from Samrong Station to Lat Phrao Station around June 2023, while the Pink Line will be open for some time first, with the first phase running between Min Buri Station and Government Complex Station Chaloem Phrakiat. Except for Noppharat Station and the National Telecommunications Station, it will be operational in August 2023.
The fare starts at 14 baht and can go up to 42 baht.
The fare will be determined by the Thai Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA). According to the 2016 joint venture agreement, the fare begins at 14 baht and rises to a maximum of 42 baht before being adjusted in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
However, prior to the start of service, fare rates will be adjusted using the CPI for the three months preceding the start date.