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Circular trains linked with air-con coaches

Myanma Railways launches new air-conditioned coaches to be used on Yangon’s circular railroads.—MNA
Myanma Railways launches new air-conditioned coaches to be used on Yangon’s circular railroads.—MNA

Yangon, 16 Aug — Myanma Railways on Sunday morning started to use two air-conditioned RBE (Rail Bus Engine) coaches and one rail barge truck (BRT) for the transport of passengers along the circular railroad in Yangon city.
Union Minister for Transport and for Rail Transportation U Nyan Tun Aung and officials cordially greeted passengers before launching the train.
An RBE coach worth JPY 10.2 million can accommodate 602 passengers including 210 passengers on seats. Ticket prices for the BRT coach are set at K50, K100 and K200 per passenger while the ticket price for the RBE is K300 per passenger.
Passenger trains run 225 times a day along the circular railroad and Strand railroad to help ease the traffic congestion in Yangon. All trains in Yangon city transport about 70,000 passengers, which is about half of the train passengers across the nation.
Myanma Railways of the Ministry of Rail Transportation bought 32 air-conditioned RBE coaches from Japan.—MNA

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