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YBS to adopt card payment system in June

Rollout of the Yangon Payment System (YPS) on the city’s buses will resume at the end of June, according to the tender-winning company Asia Starmar Transport Intelligent. YPS card system technology has already been installed on nearly 2,000 buses, and if pilot testing proves successful pre-paid cards will be sold at convenience stores. “We’re preparing […]

Yangon Bus Service turns three years old

Yangon Bus Service (YBS), the major provider of public transport to Yangon’s inner-city commuters, turns three years old this January. The service first introduced its fleet of modern, imported buses in 2017. But three years on, are passengers happy with their services? Amid growing public criticism, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport […]

Over 2,500 buses equipped with machines for YBS card payment system

E-ticketing machines have been installed on more than 2,500 buses with the YBS lines for the rollout of the card payment system, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation. She made the remarks at the 3rd anniversary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), held on 16 January at the […]

Public-Transport Company’s AGM Disrupted by Shareholders

The Yangon Urban Public Transportation Company’s (YUPT) annual general meeting on Wednesday was disrupted by a shareholder uprising over a lack of profit and leadership selection. YUPT, in which the Yangon Region government invested K35 billion, operates 19 bus lines under the Yangon Bus Service (YBS) and has 1349 buses. The company’s second annual general […]

Hunting for value in Bahan

Property prices in Yangon have been trending downwards in recent years. But now that the rules to the 2016 Condominium Law are gradually being implemented and with economic growth projected by the IMF to rise to 6.6 percent in the next fiscal year compared to 6.4pc this year, it could be time to take a […]

Rail, bus travel around Yangon set for major upgrade

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) will soon run a circular bus services from Aung Mingalar Highway bus terminal as the Yangon government quietly boosts its water, power, road and traffic infrastructure around the city. The agency said the move is aimed at further improving the connectivity within Yangon. The new circular buses will ply […]

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system

The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week. The Moving Yangon Forward: The Urban Mobility Forum held at a hotel in Yangon on February 20 discussed how mobility and transportation in Yangon can be improved to make the city a more inclusive for all. The forum saw the […]

Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar’s 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon’s U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country’s biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out. In response, […]

MPs raise concerns over consequences of Yangon expansion

Since the start of the year, Yangon has announced ambitious plans for expansion and new infrastructure. ‘’The Yangon population will hit 10 million in the next two decades and it can be a mega city by 2040, said Daw Nilar Kyaw of Yangon regional minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation. But while the developments are […]

Concerned with personal safety, passengers opt for taxi service operators

More commuters opt for taxi service operators such as Grab and Uber in order to avoid the perceived risks associated with ordinary taxis. It is believed that the ride-hailing apps provide better safety and security for passengers. Meanwhile, some taxi drivers are anxious about their jobs as the industry is suffering from a vote of […]