All Mor Chit Minivans To Move Across Street By Aug. 1

Published on 17th July 2018 by Stickboy BKK

All Mor Chit Minivans To Move Across Street By Aug 1

All passenger vans serving Bangkok’s northern bus terminal will move to a new terminal across the street by Aug. 1.

About 30% of the 900 deathtrap minivans departing the overcrowded Mor Chit bus depot already have relocated to the new 30-rai facility, Transport Co. President Jirasak Yaovatsakul said.

The new complex – which sits directly across from Mor Chit on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road under the Si Rat Expressway – has space for up to 4,500 vehicles and 30,000 daily passengers.

Unlike chaotic Mor Chit, the new minivan station has separate departure and arrival zones and offers modern ticket kiosks segmented by region, as opposed to the old facility where many passengers bought tickets from individual van operators.

That will reduce hassles for customers and costs for minivan owners, as they won’t have to employ staff for ticket sales, Jirasak predicted. He did not predict, however, that van operators will use the savings to employ better drivers, make vehicles safer or lower fares.

Mor Chit will continue to serve as a base for provincial buses and mass-transit bus routes. Studies are under way to relocate it to a new site by 2024.

The new van terminal opened at the beginning of this month, about three months late. Jirasak said all van operators must move across the street by month’s end.

He acknowledged the badly publicized move has left many van passengers bewildered. But the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain in efficiency, he said.

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