Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Suspensions meted out on two bus lines after fatal crashes

Line number 245 and the Lion bus line were both slammed with suspensions at the beginning of the month. The buses that were involved in the accidents were taken out of the loop altogether for six months, but to avoid grinding commutes to a standstill, the Yangon Region government is allowing the companies to each […]

Two bus lines partially suspended

Yangon bus riders are paying the price for two deadly accidents caused by reckless drivers earlier this year. Route numbers 51 and 57 were both partially suspended in response to the crashes, leading crowded lines to become only more cramped. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta […]

Over One Third of Yangon Traffic Lights to be Upgraded

Tenders will be invited to upgrade Yangon’s old traffic lights as part of the process to solve the business capital’s worsening traffic congestion and to better enforce traffic rules, according to an official from the auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. Some traffic lights in use in Yangon operate on the urban electrical grid, and […]

Regulations and Price Reduced for Yangon City Taxis

The regulations and price for the registration of City Taxies have been reduced, according to an official from auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. U Hla Aung, chairman of Ma Hta Tha, said that registration and renewal fees cost K3,000 for registration and an additional charge K11,500 for taking photos and adhering stickers previously, but […]

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 […]

Taxi drivers say traffic and rain forces fare increase

Last week, the head of Yangon’s transportation regulator revealed that unscrupulous bus conductors were demanding extra money from passengers at night, in heavy rain, or in congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar acronym Ma Hta Tha, said overcharging was the most common […]

Yangon Makes Moves on Taxi Meters

A trial to determine the viability of taxi meters will start in June in Yangon, performed by one independent company under the auspices of Yangon region’s Ministry of Transport. The Analytics Company, an IT firm based in Yangon, will implement systems designed to improve the fare collection and safety of Yangon taxis. The trial will […]

Congestion tax proposal divides Yangon residents

A proposal to levy a “congestion tax” on cars entering downtown Yangon has prompted a fierce response from motorists, who say it will do little to reduce traffic and may even create more jams. The debate was prompted by U Ba Myint, from the Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, which is better known by […]

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 […]