First fully accessible city buses in Thailand

On August 5, 1999 Thailand's first accessible buses will begin accommodating passengers with disabilities on routes in Bangkok. Internet publication URL: www.independentliving.org/docs5/thaibus.html

Dear Friends,

As the consequence of my meeting with Director General of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) yesterday, the inauguration of Thailand First Accessibility Bus Lines will occur on August 5, 1999 at 09.00 AM.

Mr. Sonthaya Khunplum Dept. Minister of Transportation & Communication will preside over the first launching of service. Hundreds of persons with disabilites including 30 wheelchair users will witness the ceremony. You can get update news at www.bangkokpost.net on August 6, 1999. The schedule for the launch of this service is as follows:

08.30

Gathering at BMTA's HQ (Rachadapisek Rd. next to Thailand Cultural Center)

09.00

H.E. Sonthaya Khunplum Dept Minister of Communication arrival
Presentation of Free Card to FESPIC Athletes (Ride-Free)
Appreciation Address by DPI-Thailand Chairperson
Speech by Dept Minister
Loading the buses (PWDs, W/C passengers, accompany by the Minister and Guests
Launching First Trip

11.00

Finish

You are cordially invited to this historic event on transportation advocacy.

Sincerely,

Topong Kulkhanchit
Access Officer
DPI-Thailand


Background

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) is promoting non-handicapping environments by providing four new buses installed with hydraulic lifts and air-conditioning. As a pilot project, two buses will be in service on route #39 (Rangsit-Sanamluong) and other two buses will be route #23 (Prapadaeng-Nonthaburi). Each bus will provide space for two wheelchair passengers. Bus drivers and bus conductors will be trained for proper services toward passengers with disabilities.

The first launch will be conducted at BMTA head-quaters at 09.00 AM on August 5, 1999. It is expected that not only disabled people, but also elderly persons and other mobility impaired people will enjoy traveling these new accessible routes.

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