Two hundred extra public buses available during this week’s long holiday

The state-run Transport Company has added 200 buses to its fleet, in anticipation of a surge in passenger demand during the holidays, from tomorrow until Sunday.

The deputy transport permanent secretary, Sorapong Paitoonphong, said today (Tuesday) that the company will operate about 3,000 bus and passenger van trips, which can accommodate up to 60,000 passengers a day, when no fewer than 300,000 passengers are expected to use the services.

The 200 additional buses are on standby for passengers who have not made advance ticket bookings, he said, as he gave an assurance that all passengers will be able to travel.

Sorapong said that the company has received fuel price support from PTT Public Company, which has enabled the company to maintain its fares until the end of September.

The cabinet recently allowed the Transport Company to engage in cargo delivery services, which will help the company to earn additional income, estimated at about 210 million baht this year, with an anticipated annual growth of 15%.

Sorapong said the company is in discussions with Thailand Post over cooperation, with the use of the company’s bus terminals across the country as the points for delivery of parcels to customers.


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