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Thread: Train travel free for Thai folk?

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    Train travel free for Thai folk?

    Is it true that Thai Nationals travel free on trains (outside of municipalities like Bangkok, I assume)?

    I heard this is the case but a nagging doubt in me persists.

    Can a Thai person travel on a train from, say, Bangkok to Chiang Mai for free?

    Anyone got a definitive?

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    No .
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    Previously...

    FINAL EXTENSION OF FREE BUS AND TRAIN SERVICE?
    By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, Staff Reporter - May 9, 2017 5:53 pm

    BANGKOK — Free bus and train services will be extended another five months before being made available only to the registered poor, the interim cabinet approved Tuesday.

    Under a budget of nearly 2 billion baht, the free bus and train services will continue through September, after which only low-income citizens who register through the junta’s welfare program will be able ride gratis by presenting their welfare cards.

    Though the free train service covers routes throughout the country, the free buses are only available in Bangkok.

    This is the 22nd time the free bus and train services have been renewed since starting in 2008.

    The program was initiated under the People’s Power Party’s government of Samak Sundaravej. Despite being derided as a populist policy, the program was adopted and reauthorized by all succeeding governments.

    Since it came to power in 2014, the military government has extended the service several times. They last announced in November it would end last month, as its new welfare program was expected to be ready in May.

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    No more free bus and train rides in Bangkok
    October 20, 2017

    A 10 year old government scheme that allowed Bangkok residents free rides on buses and trains will come to an end at the end of this month, says government.

    The government will terminate the free bus and train ride scheme end of this month after having been introduced for almost a decade.

    The scheme had been extended 23 times since it was first implemented in August 2008 during the Samak Sundravej administration, or almost 10 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buksida View Post
    No .
    Is that "no" to having a definitive or "no" to there being free travel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatari View Post
    Previously...

    FINAL EXTENSION OF FREE BUS AND TRAIN SERVICE?
    By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, Staff Reporter - May 9, 2017 5:53 pm

    BANGKOK — Free bus and train services will be extended another five months before being made available only to the registered poor, the interim cabinet approved Tuesday.

    Under a budget of nearly 2 billion baht, the free bus and train services will continue through September, after which only low-income citizens who register through the junta’s welfare program will be able ride gratis by presenting their welfare cards.

    Though the free train service covers routes throughout the country, the free buses are only available in Bangkok.

    This is the 22nd time the free bus and train services have been renewed since starting in 2008.

    The program was initiated under the People’s Power Party’s government of Samak Sundaravej. Despite being derided as a populist policy, the program was adopted and reauthorized by all succeeding governments.

    Since it came to power in 2014, the military government has extended the service several times. They last announced in November it would end last month, as its new welfare program was expected to be ready in May.

    Later...

    No more free bus and train rides in Bangkok
    October 20, 2017

    A 10 year old government scheme that allowed Bangkok residents free rides on buses and trains will come to an end at the end of this month, says government.

    The government will terminate the free bus and train ride scheme end of this month after having been introduced for almost a decade.

    The scheme had been extended 23 times since it was first implemented in August 2008 during the Samak Sundravej administration, or almost 10 years ago.
    Thanks, Hatari.

    So it DID exist then.

    Just that it no longer does.

    Thank you for clearing that up for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyGee View Post
    Is that "no" to having a definitive or "no" to there being free travel?
    Yes .
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