‘Miss­ing link’ finds trav­ellers


The Min­istry of Trans­port has re­ported that the MRT Pur­ple Line has seen a 47% surge in pas­sen­gers fol­low­ing the open­ing of the pre­vi­ously miss­ing link be­tween its Tao Poon sta­tion and the MRT Blue Line’s Bang Sue sta­tion on Aug 11.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, the Pur­ple Line han­dled about 48,000 pas­sen­gers per day from the link’s open­ing un­til Aug 31, com­pared to its pre­vi­ous turnout of around 33,000.

As of Wed­nes­day, the fig­ure had risen to 59,431 pas­sen­gers, the high­est the MRT Pur­ple Line has ex­pe­ri­enced since its open­ing last year, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Min­istry i nspec­tor-gen­eral Chirut Wi­san­chit has in­structed the Bangkok Ex­press­way and Metro Plc (BEM) to in­tro­duce new mea­sures to sup­port the rapid rise in pas­sen­gers trans­fer­ring to the Pur­ple Line from the Blue Line dur­ing rush hour.

The MRT Blue Line is cur­rently op­er­ated by the BEM.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Chirut, the BEM has com­pleted a pro­cure­ment project for 35 new trains set to be in use by 2019.

The Mass Rapid Author­ity of Thai­land will con­tinue of­fer­ing pro­mo­tions and dis­counts for pas­sen­gers of the MRT Pur­ple Line un­til the end of this year. Other pro­mo­tions in­clude a 50% dis­count on park­ing fees at car parks along the Pur­ple Line.

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