BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): Ministry of Transport’s Joint Ticket Committee expected to launch the Europay Mastercard and Visa (EMV) cards that can be used to pay for fares of trains, electric boats and public buses in Bangkok areas in March of next year, said minister Saksayam Chidchob on Thursday (Dec 23).
“Trains that will join the EMV system are the Chalong Ratchadham Line (MRT Purple Line), Chaloem Ratchamongkhon (MRT Blue Line), and Red Line urban train operated by State Railway of Thailand,” he said.
“The card can also be used on all public buses and electric boats of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority. Furthermore, motorists can also pay for expressway toll fee via the EMV cards.”
The EMV card is a joint project between Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand and Krungthai Bank with an aim to provide a seamless, cashless payment service for commuters of public transports in metropolitan areas.