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Electric boats to link Chao Phraya with train, MRT

A test run of electric boats is conducted on Monday before the vessles will be used for commuters on Padung Krungkasem cannel on Friday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A test run of electric boats is conducted on Monday before the vessles will be used for commuters on Padung Krungkasem cannel on Friday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Bangkok City Hall will introduce electric boats to replace diesel-powered ferries on Padung Krungkasem canal on Friday.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced it will relaunch a ferry service this Friday on Phadung Krungkasem canal, between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers.

The service started in 2016 with gas-propelled boats. This time around, it will use electric-powered ferries that can carry up to 30 passengers.

City Hall spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang posted a Facebook message saying it will give passengers free rides for the first six months.

The boats will leave every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends.

The service is part of the plans to connect modes of public transportation in the capital.

It will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

The test run for the line took place on Monday.

The shuttle boat on Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem between Thewes and Hua Lamphong station was launched in 2016 to give commuters another means of transport and tourists a chance to enjoy the canal. (Video by Jiraporn Kuhakan)

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