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Yangon Water Bus to have 20,000 Passengers When Operation Starts

Yangon Water Bus will have about 20,000 passengers a day when it is launched, and in 2019 or 2020 the annual number could reach 24 million to 30 million, said Tint Tint Lwin, chairperson of Tin Tint Myanmar Co, which will implement the project.

“About 20,000 people are estimated to ride a water bus this year as there are three river routes. Next year, there could be about 12 million,” said Tint Tint Lwin.

“Around 2019 or 2020, the number is expected to reach 24 million or 30 million. Instead of operating one water bus every 20 minutes, there will be about three water buses later.”

The current plan is to operate 16 water buses that will run between Hlinethaya and Botahtaung townships. All plans are in place, operation will be carried out in the three river routes. Those boats are being built in Australia and Thailand and at Nawarat shipyard in Myanmar.

The seating capacity of water buses will vary depending of the size, such as 200, 160 or 60.

Tint Tint Lwin said a water bus will run every 20 minutes adding that in the first phase, 16 water taxis is enough as it will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to ply between Hlinethaya and Botahtaung.

Water bus fare will be K500 or K300 depending on distance of stops.

She said the company had four months or six months to prepare the project. The main task was to build jetties and buy motorboats.

 

Source: Eleven Myanmar

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