BRT Lite Share Sales Re-start

Yangon Public Bus Company – operator of the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Lite bus routes – has started a second round of shares sales, while the government has extended the application deadline for firms interested in rolling out the BRT system city-wide. The government set up Yangon Public Bus Company last year, using a […]

Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Local firm plans Daewoo bus factory in Yangon

Myanmar Coach Centre, the local distributor for Daewoo buses, plans to build a factory in Yangon that could start producing coaches and city buses by 2018, its managing director said. The company, which sells minibuses and coaches for tours, imported 15 Daewoo city buses earlier this year for Yangon’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, the […]

Yangon bus bosses fear slow reform

Moves to reduce the number of bus routes in Yangon will take time, according to Ba Myint, secretary of the regional bus control committee, on July 6. There are 4,500 or 4,800 buses in Yangon. There was no research about the number of buses which were surplus or not needed, he said. “We met Dr […]

Yangon’s mega traffic jams

The biggest problem in Yangon today is the mega traffic jams the whole commercial city is facing almost every day. Except on the Myanmar New Year Day (on which only the famous pagodas are crowded with a very large number of Buddhist pilgrims) and one or two days afterwards, Yangon streets have become driver-friendly and […]

What Opening Up an Isolationist Nation to the Global Economy Does to Traffic

Three years ago, traffic may have cost Burmese 24-year-old Kyaw Kyaw Win his job. He migrated to Yangon, the commercial capital of the country now known as Myanmar, in search of worktwo years after the start of crucial economic development reforms that opened the once-hermit nation to international investment. The country of more than 51 […]

Upgrading the Rangoon Commute: Bus Rapid Transport

RANGOON – Two young women with metal milk cans run for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) after hurriedly arriving at downtown Rangoon’s Lanmadaw Township station; the BRT bus had arrived minutes earlier and was pulling away from the stop. The driver gestures for them to proceed, where he waits. At peak hour, commuting to and […]

Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]

Yangon at a standstill: Traffic congestion is choking Burma’s former capital

“In 2012, it used to take 30 minutes to go from the airport to China Town [in the city center], now it takes one hour, sometimes one hour and a half,” says Tin Hla, a taxi driver working in Yangon, Burma’s former capital. As he stands next to its car trying to grab the attention […]

Local companies propose to run Yangon’s new bus system

Two local companies have submitted proposal to operate the forthcoming Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in Yangon, according to regional officials. Although the government planned to start the BRT system this year, the plans have been delayed due to the location of traffic lights and poor road conditions. “We have organised a technical aid team […]