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Bus-ride nightmares

Outside the bus, the midday sun reflected strongly off the tinted windows. Inside was shaded, but also hot with the faintsmell of sweat hanging in the air. The bus was crowded as usual, constraining, U Nyi Nyi’s arms and legs. Struggling for air, he felt dizzy and collapsed. “I got back on my feet thanks […]

Beggars or swindlers: untold stories of Yangon beggars

A cry of “Hey, don’t tread on me!” emerged from the busy crowd at the Thadingyut festival food stalls. An old woman, dressed in the brown robes of a yogi, was lying down holding a lit candle with one hand, and grasping a cup with money inside with the other. She was a beggar. Despite […]

Picking up speed on Yangon’s Circular Railway

A RIDE on Yangon’s Circular Railway offers a fascinating if bumpy tour around the commercial capital in the company of passengers from all walks of life, including commuters, vendors and beggars. The 46-kilometre line, with 38 stops, also provides a glimpse of the daily lives of the city’s residents during a round-trip that passes through […]

NYDC: Evaluation of Expression of Interest for Stage-2 Infrastructure Projects

CEO’s Weekly Blog – 20 August 2019   Dear Friends, On 11 February 2019, NYDC announced the Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in the Stage-2 infrastructure projects, which included six work streams, namely, 1) Power Supply and Distribution; 2) Natural Gas Supply and Distribution; 3) Cyber Connectivity; 4) Public Transport; 5)  Waste […]

Riding around with worries

On a Sunday and public holidays, the streets in front of the Hlaing Tharyar council office buildings are quiet and empty. U Htay Hlaing, aged 63, sits on his motorbike waiting to give his passengers a ride back home. Last year he converted his motorbike into a trishaw, which he uses to ferry people around […]

Work on city side of Yangon-Dala bridge to start next month

YANGON—Construction on the Yangon side of the planned Yangon-Dala Bridge will begin next month, regional Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said at a regional investment committee meeting on Wednesday. Spanning the Yangon River, the bridge—also known as the Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, as it is funded by South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF)—will link […]

An electric bus leapfrog for a cleaner, healthier Yangon?

More cars, buses and trucks on the roads are driving air pollution higher in Yangon. In 2018, a team of Japanese and Myanmar researchers found the city had unhealthy levels of what scientists call PM2.5 – soot 100 times thinner than a human hair. According to their article, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, […]

Water bus to run in Ngamoeyeik creep: Yangon Chief

The region government is planning to run water bus in Ngamoeyeik creep for the convenience of water transport, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein during an interview with Myanma Ahlin newspaper. If the water transport is used, it can reduce the traffic jam in Yangon and transaction can be made through water transport, […]

Yangon set to launch card payment system for public transport

For the convenience of nearly 3 million commuters who use public transport on a daily basis, an international payment system will be launched in Myanmar’s commercial hub in the last week of April, Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Friday. “We will launch YPS [Yangon Payment System] by April. We will make […]

Public transport to be prioritised in Yangon urban development plan

Changes are planned on the ground, on the water and on the rails. To improve public transport in Yangon, approximately eight public bus companies will be established, with Public Transport Control Center and Traffic Control Center to oversee the bus system. In addition, the circular railway system is will be upgraded. Also, bidding for the […]