Roundup: Myanmar works for upgrading Yangon rail line

Myanmar is working for upgrading Yangon’s circular rail line by introducing a foreign loan of 207 million U.S. dollars for the project as part of its Yangon Central Railway Station expansion project. Provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the loan is to purchase trains which will enable to offer faster and more regular […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s Lagging Public Infrastructure

Myanmar’s railway system is perhaps the last historical relic that anyone is lining up to save. While the moldy facades of colonial buildings are receiving makeovers with bright new coats of paint, any change that comes to this dilapidated rail system will likely be as slow as the train cars that jostle people and freight […]