Revamp of Bangkok city bus routes begins in two weeks
Thailand’s Land Transport Department has announced trials on a long-term programme which will see Bangkok’s bus routes revamped and simplified. The month-long trial runs will begin on the 25 August and will see eight routes inaugurated.
Department director Sanit Promwong told reporters the new routes have been created from existing ones but have been adapted so they are fit for purpose. The plan for the next two years is to launch a total of 269 routes with buses serving each zone of the city colour coded and numbered for ease of recognition.
The four colours are blue, green, red and yellow. This colour code will be included in the route number. The letters B, G, R and Y in English script will designate the zone and precede the next three digits of the route number.
Mr Promwong explained that the new bus routes would run alongside old ones during the transition period. He noted that this would help commuters and tourists get used to the changes.
12GO ASIA’s resident travel gurus in Bangkok say the city’s bus network is comprehensive and covers every imaginable location. Fares are also generally cheaper than for the Skytrain and the Metro for comparable distances. The image of the new bus was supplied by Thai PBS.
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