New bus system suffers first-day jitters

A new public bus system that reduced and coordinated the number of bus lines from more than 300 to 70 launched in Yangon yesterday, easing traffic congestion but causing some chaos among confused passengers. The first day of the new system saw fewer buses than expected, though more than 3,700 buses were expected to operate […]

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could lose one of the star attractions of the former capital after the railway that encircles the city is upgraded with the help of Japanese investment. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 km (28.5 miles) of track that makes up the Yangon Circular Railway rests with Myanmar Railways, […]

Yangon gridlock

Than Htwe lives in Hlaing Tharyar, a sprawling township 20 kilometers west of central Rangoon, but his job is downtown. Every morning he wakes up in the early hours, quickly downs a cup of tea and rushes to the bus stop at 6:30 so he can get to his workplace by 9 o’clock. He meets […]

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 […]

Mercedes Buses to be Introduced in Myanmar

Cycle & Carriage Automobile Myanmar Co Ltd, the authorised dealer of Mercedes-Benz in Myanmar, is to introduce buses manufactured by the German automaker to the Myanmar market. U Aung Thet Lwin, head of the company’s sales department, said that buses produced by Mercedes will be introduced as buses currently in use in the country are […]

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 […]

Soon, a bus ride to Myanmar from India

Giving a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s thrust to boost connectivity with neighbouring South Asian countries, India is set to launch a weekly cross-border bus service between Imphal in Manipur and Mandalay in central Myanmar. The service is likely to start from October and would cover a distance of 579 kilometres between Imphal […]

US to Help Myanmar Improve Highway Safety

The United States will help Myanmar improve the safety of the Yangon-Mandalay highway where hundreds of car accident cases have occurred over the past five years. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Construction signed a letter of agreement recently on this regard. US architecture and engineering experts will train […]