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    200 new Electric Buses for Bangkok
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    The BMTA "Bangkok Mass Transit Authority" will partner with private companies to run over 200 electric buses to increase capacity so it can transport up to a million people each day. The new electric buses are also part of the city’s efforts to upgrade its old bus services and reduce Bangkok’s overall carbon footprint. The new electric bus system will rapidly fill the gaps in the regular scheduled services for commuters and, over time, lower air pollution around the Thai capital.

    The contract will be for a 2 year period and will be outsourced to private companies. The first round of services will begin later this year in November with 90 new electric buses. It will run along a number of important routes, such as from the new Bang Sue Grand Station and the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. The BMTA says it doesn’t have the cash to afford new buses to upgrade its operations, but will be able to partner with private companies to provide the new services around the city.

    Bus shortages have been a problem for the BMTA, forcing commuters to experience lengthy delays. With increasing fuel costs, the number of commuters increased as well, climbing from 600,000 to 700,000+ per day. The BMTA estimates that it will need to add 224 electric buses due to the increase in demand. The State Enterprise Policy Office and the cabinet need to authorise the rehabilitation plan as the problem needs a quick fix. Currently, there are 2,885 public buses running on 107 routes, making 17,000 trips every day. The BMTA will increase the number of trips each day to 19,000 rides.

    Last edited by Barfly; 07-06-2022, 03:01 PM.

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    Bangkok gets 20 new Electric Buses in August 2022

    Finally, some good news for commuters as the government delivers its promise to introduce electric buses in Bangkok a week tomorrow. Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob yesterday announced that the department plans to introduce 20 electric buses for Line No 2-38, previously known as the No. 8 route from Memorial Bridge to Happy Land.

    Saksayam revealed the buses will start operating on Saturday, August 20.2022 The resurrection of the No 8 service is part of electrified restructuring conducted by the Land Transport Department (DLT). In phase 1, 150 new buses will be deployed on routes across the capital. Routes run by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), public-private operators, and Transport Co Ltd., will see diesel buses replaced by electric vehicles (EVs).

    The DLT plans to replace old buses with 1,000 EVs before the end of the year and eventually electrify Bangkok’s entire fleet of 3,200 buses. DLT director-general Jirut Wisanjit made it public that the department was working with the public to clear confusion over the change of bus numbers. Jurit said…

    “The new numbers will be posted on buses and websites. Operators of the old No. 8 service failed to meet new BMTA safety and service standards and were refused a concession extension.

    “Thai Smile Bus Co Ltd has won the concession to operate its replacement, the new line 2-38, which will use electric buses and AI technology to make life easier for passengers.”