The use of one ticket system or Mangmoom joint ticket system for both skytrain and subway train travels is believed to be delayed after the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) wants it to get board approval before signing memorandum of understanding with the two train operators.
According to the director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and planning (OTP) Chaiwat Thongkham, earlier the MOU was scheduled to be signed with both operators, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), the operator of BTS elevated rail service, and Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc (BEM), operator of the subway train service on Aug 31.
But the MOU signing was put off as the MRTA, which will be in charge of management of joint ticket system, wanted to ask its board to approve the signing first.
Phadej Praditpetch, director of the OTP's Joint Ticket System Management Office said the OTP has negotiated with operators of the four rail routes for improvement of the joint ticket system.
He said the Airport Rail Link and the Purple Line routes which are operated by MRTA projected that it would take 6-7 months for system change, or by March next year to complete.
For the Blue Line operated by BEM, and the Green Line operated by BTS, they would take 10 months, he said.
He said that after signing MOU with both operators, it would need some time to improve, design and install the systems and put on trial.
This means the Mangmoom joint ticket system for skytrain and subway might not be ready by March, 2017 as earlier planned.
Initially when the system is used, it will first be a common ticket system or one ticket for all lines, and the train fares will remain unchanged for a certain period, Mr Phadej said.
More negotiation will then be called with both BTS and BEM operators which holds original concessions, he added.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)