Rangoon Taxis Need Reform

Rangoon has around 70,000 taxis plying the city’s streets, many owned and run by individuals. There are two local pioneering app-based cab service providers—Hello Cabs and Oway Ride—cultivating a culture in which apps are used to hail taxis in the city since 2016. The two are now set to compete with foreign brands: Singapore-based firm […]

No Profits or Share Dividends for YBPC Yet

​​ YANGON Bus Public Company (YBPC) has not received any profits after running for a year and hence the firm cannot pay dividends to its shareholders, according to Yangon Bus Public Company chair U Maung Aung. The YBPC was registered under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development and has been permitted to operate […]

Public Transport Card Payment System to Begin Next Month

​​ A universal card payment system covering fare pay­ments on Yangon’s pub­lic transport system will be rolled out from April, the Yangon Region Chief Minister told a briefing of journalists late last month. The payment system, to be called “Yangon Pay­ment Service”, will enable passengers to pay for fares on buses, water taxis, and trains […]

Ministry Reportedly Invited Electricity Tender Without Budget Approval

​​ RANGOON — Rangoon residents’ hope for 24-hr access to electricity is fading after the Ministry of Electricity and Energy said that it had no budget for two private electricity suppliers, which last year won a tender to provide electricity for the commercial capital. In 2015, the previous government initiated a plan to deal with […]

YBS Reform in the Pipeline

​​ One month after the Yangon Bus System started, the Yangon chief minister warned bus owners and drivers that they must follow the instructions of the government. Those who violate the rules would be eased out, said U Phyo Min Thein on February 17. The YBS, a new public transport system, commenced on January 16 […]

Yangon Waterfront to be developed into Lifestyle Hub

​​ The Yangon Region government is planning a range of measures to make Yangon more livable, including developing the waterfront into public space and moving vendors onto quieter side streets and into planned ‘hawker centres’. U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Chief Minister, said last week that the government was planning to improve the Yangon river […]

YBS’ Nascent Progress for Yangon’s Populace

Old buses currently operating under the YBS Bus Lines System will be replaced by new buses in three months, said Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of Yangon Region’s Transport Supervision Authority. “New vehicles made in Korea and China will replace the old buses plying currently in Yangon. Air conditioning, GPS systems and other necessary equipment will […]

Yangon bus system overhaul set to start

​​ Yangon’s infamous public bus system – where commuters are dragged by callous conductors onto ageing vehicles operated by drivers with scant regard for road safety – is about to change. A long-awaited transformation of the bus network, which some 80 percent of the commercial capital’s 2.8 million daily commuters depend upon, will begin at […]

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 […]

Yangon Region Cabinet sues CEO Dr Than Tun Aung and Eleven Media Group for Libel

Dr Than Tun Aung, the CEO of Daily Eleven and Eleven Media Group, has been sued under the telecommunications law by the Yangon Region cabinet for libel, according to U Phyo Min Thein, chief minister of the cabinet. The article that prompted the legal action was titled, “One year after the election,” published in the […]