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Friday, February 12, 2016

Bangkok - All-in-one BTS, MRT ‘Spider card’ to launch in August

The dream of zipping in and out of the BTS and MRT with one single travelcard will soon come true for Bangkokians as officials plan to launch a common ticketing system in August.

Introduced under the name "mangmoom” card or "spider” card in English, the universal ticket can be used as payment for several public transportation systems including the BTS, MRT, Airport Rail Link, buses and also for the expressways and motorway.

Why mangmoom? Just like spiders that spin webs to go everywhere, this ticket can be used to travel anywhere.
The THB338 million project will be submitted to the cabinet for approval this month, according to Padej Praditpetch, director of Thai Common Ticket Office.

“In the next six months, we will test the new common ticketing system,” Padej said. “The service will be launched in August.”

While the ticketing systems for the operating train stations and tollways will need to be replaced, the new batch of NGV buses and the future BTS Purple Line will be launched ready to use the mangmoom card.

Padej expects the ticketing system to be fully operational by the end of this year, Prachachart reported. 

The integrated ticketing system that will let you zip in and out of the BTS and MRT with ease will be called the Mangmoom (Spider) Card.

The Transport Ministry’s Thai Common Ticket Office revealed the winning design by Wanthicha Aneksittisan yesterday and to be he honest it looks like the calcified tentacles of a spider -- but whatever, as long as it’s convenient, we’ll use it.

Why Mangmoom, you ask? Just like spiders that spin webs to go everywhere, this uni-ticket can be used to go anywhere in Bangkok using the BTS and MRT by August and, soon, the Airport Link, buses, expressways, boats, vans and taxis.

The Spider Card also be used at shops and services.

Source: Coconuts 

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