Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

Yangon traffic project jams

According to Yangon Region Police, Myanmar Shwe Yin and CRCC have been paying less than US$100 per day for their failure to complete the city’s traffic control projects on time. The two companies won the tender for installation of CCTV cameras at 154 traffic lights as well as the construction of traffic control centres. But […]

YTA to reduce Yangon passenger bus lines

The Yangon Region government will provide necessary assistance for those who want to set up public bus companies to upgrade the bus line system, according to Min Zaw, vice chair of the All Bus Lines Control Committee, who quoted Yangon Region chief minister Phyo Min Thein. The regional government will help in importing new buses […]

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 […]

Authorities plan new BRT routes in Yangon

Yangon city authorities are planning to expend the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes as more and more people are riding the bus now, said Dr Maung Aung, chairman of the Yangon Bus Line Public Co. Hot weather has pushed more Yangon residents to use the BRT, and the company said between 8,000 and 9,000 […]

Upgrading the Rangoon Commute: Bus Rapid Transport

RANGOON – Two young women with metal milk cans run for the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) after hurriedly arriving at downtown Rangoon’s Lanmadaw Township station; the BRT bus had arrived minutes earlier and was pulling away from the stop. The driver gestures for them to proceed, where he waits. At peak hour, commuting to and […]

Long-awaited Yangon BRT system opens

Dr Maung Aung, chairperson of the Yangon Bus Line Public Company, said: “Currently, we cannot focus on huge profits. For the sustainable development of the BRT system, we have to run it as a public company. We worry that it would collapse in a short period of time, like the road transport department, if the […]

Yangon to make way for express bus system

The Yangon Bus Line Public Company has received permission to use the right lane of roads for its buses and will lower its fares, said Dr Maung Aung, chairman of the company’s launch committee. As part of Yangon’s Express Bus Line Project, 65 new buses will be added to the company’s fleet. Once on the […]

Bus Rapid Transit System Set for December Start

The first two lines of a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Yangon may open as soon as December, according to an official associated with the matter. Bus stops have been built on Kabaraye Pagoda road and Pyay road to facilitate the public bus lines which will use the first BRT routes in Yangon. Bus […]

Foreigners May Soon be Able to Trade Goods in Myanmar

There are plans to allow foreign investors to trade goods inside Myanmar, a sector currently under heavy restrictions, said Dr Maung Aung, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, but he conceded that the exact time when this will come into effect has not been determined. Foreigners are allowed to sell finished products out of […]