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Free train ride extended for another six months

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has extended free train rides by another six months, starting today.

The extension corresponded with a recent Cabinet resolution to lower the people's cost of living, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT).

NNT reported that the SRT acting governor Anont Luangboriboon explained that the Cabinet saw fit to extend a free train ride program beyond its original due date of April 30.

The service will now be available until October 31 of this year.

Under the program, the SRT has organized 160 free trains a day.

One hundred fifty-two of the trains are for public services such as inter-city travel and local travel while the rest are for commercial purposes.

The commercial rides are only on third class cars with limited seats.

Tickets for the free rides are not open to reservation of seats as they may be standing only but allow for trips from Bangkok to as far as Chiang Mai and Su-ngai Kolok.

Those seeking the rides must present their national identification cards and must travel on the day their tickets are issued.

More information can be obtained by calling 1690 24-hours a day or at all railway stations.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)