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 […]

Myanmar govt suspends 68 projects, waiting for new administration

YANGON – The Thein Sein government has suspended 68 projects, including coal-fired power plants, mining and private sector deals, to allow the next government to manage the assets when it takes office, according to state-owned newspapers. The report was published shortly after MPs discussed an urgent proposal last week calling the government to scrutinise the […]

CNG refuelling station to open on Yangon’s outskirts

Vehicles forbidden to enter Yangon will now be able to refuel on the outskirts, the energy ministry has decided. In a May 22 statement, the ministry announced plans to open a filling station about 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the city at Htaukkyant for vehicles fuelled by natural gas. More than 1 million cubic […]

Government seeks private funding for BRT system

A public transport scheme that would provide an express bus service along 150 kilometres of Yangon’s main roads could be available within three months, transport chiefs hope. Known as “BRT lite”, the scheme is based on a plan drawn up in 2013 by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a Bus Rapid Transit system […]