Fate of Yangon Water Bus depends on public

The success of Yangon Water Bus solely rests on whether the public uses it, said U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority Group (YRTA). The first phase of the implementation of Yangon Water Bus started on October 7. It is operated by Tint Tint Myanmar Company following a three-month delay due to […]

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 […]

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 […]

YRTA’s school bus program to be launched in coming academic year

YANGON – The school buses being purchased by Yangon will be running on June 1 of the coming academic year, said Dr Maung Aung, Secretary of Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA). “We are going to hold a kick-off ceremony soon to talk to bus drivers,” said Maung Aung. “The school buses will include CCTV and […]

Yangon Transport Authority Declares YBS a ‘Success’ on Its 1st Birthday

YANGON— Yangon transport officials declared the city’s revamped a bus system a “success” on its first anniversary on Tuesday, downplaying what has generally been regarded as a bumpy start. “The Yangon Bus Service has achieved 70 percent of the goals we set,” Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the body […]

Despite Over 30,000 Registered at YRTA, Many Have Yet to Sign Up

​​ Over 30,000 vehicles have been registered as city taxis at the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) up to January 2 but thousands are expected to remain outside the list. The YRTA announced in November 2017 that all taxis must register by the end of December as the last date. In total, 7,880 taxis were registered […]

Yangon Govt Minister Defends Paying K10-Bn for 200 School Buses

​​ More than 10 billion kyat had to be spent to purchase 200 school buses for Yangon city, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon region minister for electricity, industry and transport. “Of the over 6,000 million kyat handed over by the former All Bus Lines Control Committee (Ma-Hta- Tha), over 1 billion kyat was spent on giving […]

Despite High Operating Costs, CEO of Yangon’s New Bus System Remains Optimistic

YANGON— Dubbed one of the first big reforms made by the National League for Democracy government in Myanmar’s financial hub Yangon, a new public transport system known as the Yangon Bus System (YBS) will turn one next month. The new system was aimed at replacing the former capital’s old bus service—the Rangoon Motor Vehicles Supervisory […]

Myanmar to regulate ride-hailing companies

The Myanmar government is looking at coming out with regulations to govern the technology-based ride-hailing app space, seeking to provide a level playing field to the operators, according to DealstreetAsia. The report quoted Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport & Communication saying at the regional Parliament earlier this month that the Road Transport Administration […]

Yangon Taxi Registrations Cause Traffic Snarls in Laydaukkan Road

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) office in Laydaukkan Road, in Thingangyu Township, has been at the centre of severe traffic congestion since November 15 when it began accepting applications for registration and renewals for city taxis. On November 15, about 150 taxis queued along the road causing traffic jams. Dr Maung Aung, secretary of […]