Fares on the MRT Blue Line subway line will be frozen for the rest of the year, operator Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc. said.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said he discussed with BEM ways to control Blue Line fares after the Cabinet resolved on June 28 to allow fares to change in line with the consumer price index.
According to the minister, the Blue Line contract permits fares to rise every 24 months. The increase is actually due on July 3 and fares would otherwise rise by 1 baht from 17-42 baht to 17-43 baht.
However, to help commuters, the fares on the Blue Line system on Hua Lamphong-Bang Sue, Hua Lamphong-Bang Khae and Bang Sue-Tha Phra routes will be frozen at 17-42 baht until the end of this year.
Fares will be cut by 50% for children and elderly people and by 10% for students until Dec 31.