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Yangon bus lines to keep prices stable even as number of passengers halves

Bus lines at Yangon Region Highway Bus Terminal will be selling tickets at normal prices, the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said today (March 31).

The decision comes shortly after the Ministry of Transport and Communications directed all Regional Supervision Committees to instruct bus lines to reduce the number of passengers by half on March 28.

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Subsequently, the Mandalay Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles issued a notice saying all Mandalay bus lines must charge passengers for two tickets, or double the price, starting from March 28, which came under heavy flak from the public.

Ma Ei Hay Mar, who is traveling from Yangon to Mandalay today, said: “I still have to pay double price to return to Yangon again from Mandalay. Mandalay shouldn’t double the price during this time. It is not convenient for those who are working in other regions. All are travelling as it is a must for them,” she said.

But U Maung Aung, secretary of YRTA, said there have been no instructions directing bus stations in Yangon to raise prices. “We will collect the normal ticket fees. We won’t double the ticket prices,” he said.

Shwe Mann Thu Express said it will halve the number of passengers without raising the ticket prices. “There will be only 21 passengers on each express car, but our passengers only need to pay for one ticket,” said Colonel Aung Kyaw Min, managing director of Bandoola Transport.

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Bandoola Transport operates 116 express bus lines including Shwe Mann Thu, Pahtein Thu, Shan Ma Lay and Shwe Myaing Thu across the country.

There are 164 bus lines operating more than 6000 buses at Yangon’s Aung Mingalar bus station and 175 bus lines operating 1500 buses at Dagon Ayeyar bus station.

After people started testing positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar, the number of express bus passengers has halved, said U Win Swe, chair of the Nay Pyi Taw Multi-Vehicle Lines Committee (Highway).

“If a line operated 10 trips a day in the past, it only operates five a day now,” he said on March 31. “The buses to Yangon with over 40 seats only have 10 passengers now at most,” he said. -Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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