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Calls for YBS fare hikes mount as losses widen

It’s been more than a year since the Yangon Bus Service (YBS) was launched in Yangon in January 2017, but many routes are still loss-making. As a result, calls for measures to reduce the pressure on YBS margins and alleviate costs on the loss-making routes have been on the rise. “At fares of K200 per […]

Bus company loses YBS licence after complaints of poor service

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) cancelled the licence of a public-private partnership (PPP) company under the Yangon Bus Services (YBS) due to poor service, YRTA said on Thursday it officially stopped the ‘Khit Thit Nyein Chan Yay’ PPP company from operating under the YBS for failing to provide good service to commuters over an […]

New Bus Fleet ‘to Improve Service’

A total of 1000 new passenger buses imported by the government have arrived to boost the services of the YBS bus lines, YRTA secretary U Maung Aung told The Myanmar Times. The additional buses are expected to further improve public transportation in the region, he added. ‘’We will add more buses in popular bus lines of […]

CNG prohibited for public buses after June

All public buses built in or before 1995 are to be handed over to the Road Transport Administration Department (RTAD) and purchases of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) will be prohibited from June 30, all, according to bus owners. Since May 15, the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) has already informed bus lines and bus owners […]

YRTA to Swap Buses for Car Import Slips

Yangon Region Transport Authority Group has devised a scheme that will see bus owners trade their old buses for car import permission slips, which they can then on-sell to car dealers who are currently unable to ship in new cars due to an import ban. The elaborate plan is part of the Yangon Region government’s […]

New joint venture to bring order to Yangon bus chaos

The Yangon Region government is forming a new public-private partnership (PPP) company, as part of a city-wide reform of the chaotic public transport system. Bus line owners are eagerly awaiting the overhaul, but want the authorities to provide infrastructure and financial aid to help them manage the shift. The government set up a public-private sector […]

No easy break for Yangon’s bus system

A litany of woes besets Yangon’s buses, say owners and observers, and the situation is likely to get worse. Falling income, rising costs, staff shortages, police crackdowns, restrictions on fuel access, an ageing fleet and all-day congestion are conspiring to make bus travel in Myanmar’s largest city even worse. Bus owners who want to sell […]

Women find a controversial niche on Yangon bus system

A bus owner who launched a revolutionary new concept to make customers happier and increase profits – hire only women as conductors – is contemplating breaking another barrier: training women to drive the buses as well. But even bringing on women conductors has proven controversial, with some questioning whether they would survive in the rough-and-tumble […]