The launch of Bangkok’s common ticketing system, designed to link all modes of public transport, has been pushed back to 2020. The launch has been postponed due to delays in system development. The decision about whether the system will be developed by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) or the state-run Krungthai Bank (KTB) is yet to be made.
The common ticketing system will be launched in two phases. The 2.0 version will link three transit systems of the MRT Blue Line, the MRT Purple Line, and the Airport Rail Link. It is expected to be launched by September 2019. The 4.0 version will use EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) technology as a payment method. Its launch date is yet to be decided. The main aim of common ticketing is to make travel more flexible and convenient by allowing passengers to switch between buses, electric trains and passenger boats with ease.