Yangon bus bosses fear slow reform

Moves to reduce the number of bus routes in Yangon will take time, according to Ba Myint, secretary of the regional bus control committee, on July 6.

There are 4,500 or 4,800 buses in Yangon. There was no research about the number of buses which were surplus or not needed, he said.

“We met Dr Maung Aung [chairman of the Yangon Bus Public Company]. He said the authorities wanted to reduce the number of bus routes but it would take time. Too many commuters rely on them. The bus routes are running because they are needed,” he continued.

The Yangon regional government is planning to merge services which share routes. The current situation is reportedly dangerous for commuters as bus drivers compete for more passengers.

“Some bus companies have only five or six buses. We will merge them if the buses are using the same routes,” said Hla Aung, chairman of the committee.

Yangon has more than two million daily commuters and most use buses.

Yangon will soon receive a fresh dose of public transport with 20 new BRT buses servicing new routes, according to the Yangon bus company.

The vehicles will run from Htaukkyant via No.3 road to North Okkalapa to Kabaraye Pagoda Road to Kokkine and then University Avenue Road, Hledan, and to Insein Park.

The fare will be Ks300 on the air-conditioned buses.

There currently are 45 high-quality BRT buses in operation and the demand is growing. They cannot, unfortunately, solve the congestion issues.

 

Source: Myanmar Eleven

 

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