Nearly 1,300 motor vehicles unclaimed at Yangon ports for over a year

Nearly 1,300 cars which have gone unclaimed at Yangon ports for over a year will be confiscated and not allowed to be withdrawn even with payment of fines, it is learnt from the Myanma Port Authority. Ships load motor vehicles at seven ports — Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa, No.4 Thilawa Port, Myanmar Industrial Port, Sule […]

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 […]

Shares Outstanding as Public Bus Company Nears Launch

Burma’s first public bus company, which is expected to launch routes in Rangoon late this month, has so far raised 3.8 billion kyats (US$2.9 million) in a sale of shares to fund the first phase of the transportation service, according to an official. The project will introduce a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to Rangoon, […]

Taxi stands not a popular solution to end city congestion

The drivers have the tacit support of passengers, who assume cabs picked up at stands charge more. This resistance is a dilemma for Yangon’s transport regulator, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta Tha, which is attempting to take at least some cabs off the street. […]

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 […]

Thousands of buses sit idle as drivers flee traffic jams

Life on the buses is getting too hard, bus owners are warning. Drivers are leaving in droves, exhausted by the increasing congestion and aggression they experience, losing money because of reduced opportunities to pick up passengers, and aware of greener pastures elsewhere. All of this means more misery for the commuting public. Normally, drivers would […]

Small spike in taxi registrations

A publicity campaign by Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles to register taxis has had some effect, though there is a long way to go until the city’s estimated 55,131 taxis are registered, said committee chair U Hla Aung. In the month of January about 290 taxis registered, leading the committee – which is commonly […]