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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 […]

Myanmar to launch card payment system with buses in Yangon by year-end

Myanmar’s Yangon Bus Service (YBS) will implement a card payment system to replace the present cash box system to facilitate passengers in taking buses by the end of this year. According to the Yangon Region Transport Authority Monday, more than 1,500 buses will get the e-ticketing machines in the initial stage. The Asia Starmar Transport […]

Myanmar to introduce card payment system with buses operating in Yangon

YANGON, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Yangon Bus Service (YBS) is projecting to implement a card payment system to replace the present cash box system to facilitate passengers in taking buses, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. Within the next nine months, the YBS is planning to change the present system to […]

Yangon government yet to name start date of new bus payment despite tender winner selected

The service provider for the card payment system of Yangon’s buses has been selected. The regional government originally aimed to start the new service by February. But, four months after the target start date, the authorities have not named a date for the implementation of the cashless payment services. The Yangon regional government has chosen […]

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 […]

Yangon Transport Authority to Revoke Licenses of Unregistered Cabs This Week

YANGON — In response to a recent rape and murder case by a taxi driver that alarmed the city, the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) announced that it would revoke the licenses of those who failed to register and renew as city taxis starting Thursday—a move aimed to enforce existing regulations and tighten security. Ma […]

Taxis to be reduced by half in Myanmar’s Yangon

Myanmar’s Yangon regional authorities are planning to reduce the number of taxis running in the city by half in an effort to ease the current heavy traffic jam, an official of the Yangon Region Transport Administration told Xinhua Tuesday. At present, there are over 66,000 taxis operating in the city. As part of its efforts […]