As Changes Come to Myanmar, Train Upgrade Is Just the Ticket

The Yangon Circular Line doesn’t get much love. Its aging trains circumscribing Myanmar’s largest city meander through 39 stations at an average speed of 10 miles an hour. It takes over three hours to complete the route, monsoon rains permitting. But now this forgotten railway is finally gaining some attention as a way to beat […]

Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution

YANGON (AFP) – Trains chug around Yangon’s circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is at the heart of plans for a public transport revolution in the traffic-choked metropolis. Rush hour spills a throng of passengers towards Kyi Kyi Win’s cigarette stand at […]

China, Myanmar: stop that train

Since reports about the cancellation of a proposed US$20 billion railway line connecting China’s southern Yunnan province with Myanmar’s Rakhine western coast emerged in late July, conflicting accounts about the 1,200 kilometer project’s status have raised new questions about the neighboring countries’ commercial relations. The controversy erupted with a local news report quoting Myint Wai, […]

China Looks to High-Speed Rail to Expand Reach

BEIJING — A favorite export from China to its neighbors these days are high-speed rail lines designed to make trade routes in the vast stretches of Asia more accessible and fortify Chinese dreams of turning its southern reaches into the capital of mainland Southeast Asia. But not everyone wants to be bound so close. A […]

Plan for Myanmar-China Train Link Derailed

YANGON — A proposed railway to link the planned industrial hub in Arakan State with China has been abandoned due to concerns over the potential cost and environmental impact of the project, according to a Myanma Railways official. In 2011, Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese state-owned enterprise to construct a […]

Gov’t Drafts Action Plan for Inland Ports, Containerisation

Myanmar has drafted an action plan for the development of dry ports (inland ports) and containerisation of rail transport to ensure free flow of goods and provide new opportunities for international trade before implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The action plan is set to be carried out in the current fiscal year […]

Survey commences on railway to China

Ground surveys are underway to prepare for the construction of a railway linking Kyaukphyu township in Rakhine State with China, through the border town of Muse in Shan State, a report by the Ministry of Rail Transport on Monday said. The report notes that religious and historical buildings are located on the 950 kilometre (590 […]