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 […]