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Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:30
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Govt to consider extends free bus, train rides until Oct

BANGKOK, May 1 (TNA) – The Ministry of Transport is seeking Cabinet approval for the extension of free bus and train services by another six months as part of efforts to help low-income earners in Thailand. Suwit Rojanavanich, director-general of Public Debt Management Office, said the proposal to extend the free transportation services until October is expected to be forwarded to the Cabinet for consideration on Tuesday. This is aimed at reducing transportation costs among people on low incomes before they who registered for the state welfare program receive benefits and subsidies from the government in October, he said. The State Rail Way of Thailand and Bangkok Mass Transit Authority reportedly agreed to extend free train and bus services by six more months from the April 30 expiration date. There are 160 free trains and 800 free buses operating daily. (TNA)