Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has issued Terms of Reference (TOR) for the procurement of 3,183 new natural gas-fuelled buses. BMTA will acquire 1,524 air-conditioned and 1,659 ordinary buses, with the first batch of 489 natural gas buses planned for handover by the successful supplier in January 2015.
Specifications for the buses include:
- powered by compressed natural gas (CNG)
- length 12 metres
- GVW not less than 15,000 pounds
- Seating for 30, capacity for 80 passengers
Bids can be submitted for any one or all of the following 8 items:
- Regular bus Bus Zone 4 – 424 units
- Regular bus Bus Zone 6 – 374 units
- Regular bus Bus Zone 7 – 453 units
- Regular bus Bus Zone 8 – 408 units
- Bus Zone 1 – 408 units
- Bus Zone 2 – 489 units
- Bus Zone 3 – 175 units
- Bus Zone 5 – 452 units
The buses will replace hundreds of old, dilapidated and broken fleet vehicles.
Organizations are scheduled to make the first shipment within 90 days of signing the contract, planned for October.
According to an article published by Bangkok Post, the median bidding price for the air-conditioned NGV buses is set at 4.5 million baht each (USD 140,500) and the non-air conditioned buses is set at 3.8 million baht (USD 118,700) each.
Information is available on this Thai language website: www.bmta.co.th/th/auction.php