More than 500,000 people are now using Bangkok’s buses every day following the easing of lockdown restrictions across the capital city.
The Director-General of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BTMA), Surachai Iamwachirasakul, said that there has been a 25 – 40 percent increase in the number of daily passengers on buses when compared to a day before the lockdown rules were relaxed.
Due to the sheer numbers of people using public transport, the BTMA has needed to deploy approximately 90 percent of its 2,000 bus fleet to cope with the demand.
With buses operating between 6.30 am and 9 pm, additional buses are required to ensure people get home before the curfew and to ensure proper social distancing can be applied on each bus.
While Bangkok’s buses were carrying more than a million people per day prior to the coronavirus, people can no longer cram onto public transport as before.
Mr. Surachai asked that people only use public transport if absolutely necessary and urged commuters to work from home if possible to avoid overcrowding.
Bangkok’s buses aren’t the only public transport that has witnessed a fast increase in passengers since the restrictions were eased. Earlier in the week, viral photos showed packed platforms and trains across several BTS lines.