On December 29th, 2023, Mr. Thotsapon Puanudom, the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Province, officially initiated a new bus line in Chiang Mai by Regional Transit Corporation (RTC) Co Ltd., to enhance the efficiency of Chiang Mai public transportation.
The new bus line number 24 starts at Chiang Mai International Airport and has bus stops at well-known tourist destinations such as One Nimman, Chang Phueak Gate, Tha Phae Gate, Flower Market, Chiang Mai Gate, and Central Chiang Mai Airport.
The bus services are available from 8 AM to 9 PM with transport fares of 30 baht for Thais and foreigners, and 20 baht for students throughout the line.
Thotsapon publicly stated that Chiang Mai provincial officials have a policy to connect public transport networks at important destinations to facilitate locals and foreign tourists.
The RTC invested in and supported the public transport network campaign to alleviate traffic congestion problems, reduce road accidents, and minimize air pollution from carbon dioxide and fine dust particles such as PM 2.5 in Chiang Mai, said Thotsapon.
The private and public sectors cooperated to initiate tourism promotion policies and use new technologies such as clean energy and cashless payment methods for public transportation. It would also foster the smart city policy that reduces the amount of greenhouse gas in Chiang Mai as well, remarked the deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Province.