December 16, 2016

Breaking News

Air-con coaches arrive at MITT in Yangon

An air-conditioned coach being unloaded from the vessel at Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa.--Soe Win (MLA)
An air-conditioned coach being unloaded from the vessel at Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa.–Soe Win (MLA)

Twenty-three air-conditioned RBE coaches from Japan arrived at Thilawa Port in Yangon Region on September 5.
The coaches were donated by the Japanese government and will be used to replace coaches on Yangon’s circle line and other railway networks across the country, according to sources from the Ministry of Rail Transportation.
The ministry’s manager U Kyaw Soe Lin of Division (7) says that the six RBE coaches that arrived earlier on August 20 will be used to service the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw railroad, which operates four times per day.
Myanmar Railways is implementing the Urban Transport Plan in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to modernise services on the antiquated Yangon Circle Line.  There are also plans to upgrade the Yangon-Toungoo, Toungoo-Yemethin and Yamethin-Mandalay routes. RBE coaches can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour, whereas the Circle Line train currently travels at 17km per hour. The official said that some coaches will not be air-conditioned, as this would out-price the train’s low income passengers, who currently pay K50 to K100 per ticket – whereas a ticket for an air-conditioned coach is priced at K300.
He added that the revenue generated from ticket sales almost balances out the cost of operations.

Comments

Related posts

Translate »