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|20-03-2013, 12:49 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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Bangkok: BMCL to turn off escalators during off-peak periods
We're saving power, you take the stairs, says Bangkok's subway train operator | Bangkok Post: news
BMCL to turn off escalators during off-peak periods
BMCL posted on its website inviting passengers to save energy by using stairs instead of escalators in "We all can do" campaign. Photo from āļšāļĢāļīāļĐāļąāļ— āļĢāļ–āđ„āļŸāļŸāđ‰āļēāļāļĢāļļāļ‡āđ€āļ—āļž āļˆāļģāļāļąāļ”(āļĄāļŦāļēāļŠāļ™) āļœāļđāđ‰āđƒāļŦāđ‰āļšāļĢāļīāļāļēāļĢāļĢāļ–āđ„āļŸāļ Ÿāđ‰āļē MRT
He said the SET-listed operator, Bangkok Metro Plc (BMCL) planned to introduce the cost saving measure in response to the government's initiative on energy saving.
BMCL plans to shut down descending escalators from 9am to 4pm in the period April 1 to June 30. Power will be turned off to 70-80 escalators during that time. He said there are about 200 escalators in the subway system.
He said it costs BMCL around one million baht a day to keep the escalators working at all time at its 18 stations. Shutting some of them down for much of the day would mean a big cost saving, and save power.
Passengers could use the stairways instead, he said.
Mr Ronnachit said electricity use in the subway system is concentrated in three areas - 73% goes to providing facilities at stations, 21% to power the trains, and the remaining 6% for maintenance.
"Turning off the descending escalators will help reduce energy consumption,'' he said.
From April 1, BMCL will also increase the parking fee for passengers to 15 baht for every two hours, up from the current 10 baht. Monthly charges will be 1,250 baht to 1,500 baht.
Mr Ronnachit said the company has to increase the parking fees because of rising costs, such as the electricity bill, management fees, maintenance of car control gates, cleaning and security. The charge had been unchanged for five years.
BMCL president Chaiwat Uthaiwan said the company is looking at a 10% growth in passengers in 2013, when compared to 2012. The subway currently serves around 260,000 passengers a day, but this increases to 300,000 during festivals or special events.
He said the government's first-time car buyer policy actually helped increase the number of subway passengers, people who want to avoid the traffic and save commuting time.
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|20-03-2013, 10:09 AM||#5 (permalink)|
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|20-03-2013, 10:58 AM||#7 (permalink)|
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Another victory for the climate change lobby - customers put out (especially those with a disability, and not wanting to search around for the single elevator) in the name of "saving energy" when in reality it's about saving a few hundred million baht per year.
|20-03-2013, 12:14 PM||#9 (permalink)|
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Bad idea to cut costs ...... Kind of defeats the purpose of using public transport if you are incapacitated in some way..... Whether it be a physical disability ,or too many suitcases or shopping bags to carry...as has been mentioned, the reduction of corruption would save just as much..
Still, not as bad an idea as turning off the telly at midnight to save power and get people to go to bed early .... An idea that was approved but never enforced during thaksins days..
|20-03-2013, 03:49 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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|20-03-2013, 04:38 PM||#11 (permalink)|
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Two responses to that, patronising gits that you are;
1) Will they reduce the fares then? If it was about "fighting man made global warming" as opposed to making more cash for their share holders, they would give the cash back as a refund n'est ce pas?
2) Bet it remains turned off - and high chance they will turn the aircon off as well.
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