Myanmar to improve public transport efficiency in Yangon

YANGON, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Yangon municipal authorities have worked out plan to improve the city’s public transport efficiency in cooperation with a Japanese overseas aid agency by establishing a traffic control center, according to the Yangon City Development Committee Sunday.

According to the plan, 50 computerized traffic signals are to be installed at 13 sensitive spots in traffic-congested junctions such as Tammwe and Mayangon with the help of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint told a workshop on public transport facilitation.

Traffic congestion is a major challenge to the commercial city, also known as the former capital where its car population is competing against the resident population, he said.

With an influx of imported cars in Yangon and insufficient parking areas in its downtown, traffic jams are getting worse and worse, he added.

The workshop also suggested for transforming private bus-lines into a public company, the sources said.

According to figures, the number of vehicles in Yangon has reached 600,000 units, accounting for 66.5 percent of the total in the whole country.

The plan also includes construction of elevated roads, a new river-crossing bridge, flyovers at intersections on the outer ring road and other road related to infrastructure and establishment of toll plazas on the inner and outer ring roads.

Over the past three years, Myanmar has built three overpasses in Yangon and two more such bridges are under construction.

Source: Global Post

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