Motorcycle taxi business prospering in Yangon suburbs

Braving both the police and the thieves, motorcycle taxi drivers are thriving in the suburbs around Yangon city. Officially banned from the city streets by local ordinance, which restricts motorcycle use to government staff only, motorcycles are emerging as one answer to semi-permanent traffic congestion and the rising popularity of the outer suburbs. While the […]

Yangon invites tender for importing city buses

YANGON, July 14 (Xinhua) — The Yangon region government invited tenders for importing city buses for operating along main routes in Yangon as part of an upgraded public transport network, allowing any registered companies to submit tender by the end of this month, official media reported Tuesday. A public bus service company to run the […]

No let-up in illegal bus fare hikes

Fare-gouging is the worst problem in Yangon public transport, the head of the region’s transportation regulatory body said yesterday. Passengers are complaining that they are sometimes charged double the posted fare at night, or in heavy congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar […]

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 […]

Women find a controversial niche on Yangon bus system

A bus owner who launched a revolutionary new concept to make customers happier and increase profits – hire only women as conductors – is contemplating breaking another barrier: training women to drive the buses as well. But even bringing on women conductors has proven controversial, with some questioning whether they would survive in the rough-and-tumble […]

On the Bus with Linda McDowell- wife of first Canadian Ambassador

RANGOON— She’s one of the very few foreigners to brave Rangoon’s notorious buses. Crowded, often poorly maintained and difficult to navigate without strong Burmese language skills, the city’s buses draw only the most intrepid of expats. But Linda McDowell, the wife of the first Canadian ambassador to Burma, has nearly mastered the routes during the […]

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 […]

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 […]