December 15, 2016

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Monthly rail passes prove popular among Yangonites

A passenger reads a newspaper while taking the cirular train in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar
A passenger reads a newspaper while taking the cirular train in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

The numbers of passengers riding Yangon’s circle and district lines using a monthly rail pass has nearly reached 6,000 so far this month of August alone, according to the Myanma Railways — the state-owned railway service operator.
“Quite a lot of people are riding the train with monthly passes these days. In the past, very few passengers bought them. The passes allow passengers to ride for just K100-200 per journey,” said U Kyaw Soe Lin, a manager of Myanma Railways.
Previously, around 3,500 passengers would ride the circle and district line train with a monthly pass.
Changes to ticket prices on July 1 has resulted in a surge in Yangonites riding the train this rainy season, with the trains transporting roughly 75,000 people a day.
“I bought the monthly pass as it allows me to ride any type of train for just K100-200. It’s about half the price of single journey ticket prices. It also negates the need to run and by a ticket from the station if you’re late to catch you’re train. Many regular train passengers have switched to the monthly pass system,” said U Hla Sein, a train passenger from northern Yangon’s Shweyitha Township.
The 24 carriages which run along the Yangon circle and district lines make a reported 125 trips a day. A monthly pass for K100 journeys fetches K3,350 while a K200 journey monthly pass costs K6,700.— Myitmakha News Agency

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