Bangkok Skytrain System (BTS), Thailand capital most used public transport with a ridership of 620,000 passengers on average per day (compared to 275,000 riders on average for competitor MRT). The two BTS mlines pass through major destinations for both locals and tourists such as Sukhumvit Road, Silom or Chatuchak market. Meanwhile, attempts to unify ticketing has been unsuccessful forcing commuters to carry up to three different types of cards to transfer from the Skytrain to the Underground (MRT) or to the SRT Airport express train line.
But changes are in the air to the best of public transport users. By early 20117, BTS tickets will be available on mobile phones with a dedicated app able to let passengers buying and charging directly tickets without to have to queue anymore, avoiding to waste time by queuing twice at counters for change and then at ticket vending machines. The “Rabbit Card” will be available on LINE application.
Another major development – a true revolution for Bangkok public transport!- is the launching of the Mangmoom Card (Thai word for “spider card”). Many times announced and originally due to be available in mid 2016, it is a stored-value card for all rapid transit systems in Bangkok. The card is due to replace Rabbit Cards for BTS and BRT and the MRT Plus Card. Last month, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith announced that the card would be available to use on the Skytrain, MRT, and Airport Rail Link by the middle of 2017 following technical difficulties in harmonizing different technologies. In the longer-term, busses will also be integrated into the future Mangmoom Card.