COVID-19 restrictions keep express buses off the road

Although the government has not prohibited express buses, they face problems due to COVID-19 restrictions, said the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) on November 1.

Express buses are only carrying cargo because the restrictions of the Health and Sports Ministry have been extended to November 30, and because of stay-at-home orders, health certificate requirements, and 14-day quarantines for visitors in some states and regions, said YRTA Secretary U Maung Aung.

“Those who have to travel for work in other regions and states are asking when express buses will resume operating. As far as I know, only a small fraction of the 5000 express buses still operate in Ayeyarwady and Mandalay regions, and they are carrying cargo,” said U Soe Thein, secretary of the Road Transport Entrepreneurs Association.

The 387 bus lines at Aungmingalar and Dagonayar bus terminals in Yangon Region normally carry over 18,000 passengers a day on over 3700 buses.

Source : Myanmar Times

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