0405 GMT March 22, 2019
“We plan to decommission all buses that have been in service for 29 years, particularly open-air buses,” acting director Prayoon Choygeo said recently, nationmultimedia.com wrote.
The authority plans to upgrade the bus fleet with natural gas vehicles and hybrid vehicles.
Decommissioned buses still in relatively good condition would be donated to state schools, local administrative bodies and other state organizations in need.
“Buses in poor condition will be sold and their components recycled,” Prayoon said.
BMTA buses carry more than 1.2 million passengers around the capital and neighboring provinces every day, generating Bt11 million in revenues.
An informed source said the BMTA decided to get rid of its open-window buses because temperatures are steadily rising due to climate change.
Air-conditioned buses, though the fare is higher, are now widely preferred, and low-income earners can receive state subsidies.
The source said passengers who object to an end to open-air bus services ‘can make their voices heard’.