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Free rides to continue on water taxis

Chea Vannak / Khmer Times Share:
Water taxis transporting people along the Mekong River. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The water taxi system, a network of boats inaugurated in April to connect destinations along the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers, was used by more than 30,000 passengers in 2018, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

The system, which links Phnom Penh’s Prek Phnov and Kandal province’s Takhmao city, is free for all passengers, with authorities still deciding on a final fare.

There are now six boats travelling between four stations.

The government initially said free rides will end with the New Year. However, according to Va Simsorya, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, a discussion on a fare for the service has yet to take place, with the free rides continuing until a price is agreed upon.

In its annual report, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport said the development of waterway transportation was a priority and that more stations will be added to the water taxi system.

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