MYANMA Railways plans to stop operating of some Rail Bus Engine (RBE) trains in the circular and suburban railroad sections during the Thingyan Water Festival, the most widely celebrated public holiday in Myanmar.
Train schedules will be reduced by half on the holidays, as the MR predicts a decline in its passenger numbers during the festival period every year.
The key objective of the plan is to avoid probable damage to trains during the water festival, said U Zaw Lwin, region manager of the MR’s Transport Division.
Although the MR plans to decrease its train schedules, the trains will still stop at all stations.
The MR is now operating its rail transport services to almost 100,000 commuters on a daily basis through 23 trains and 255 scheduled routes.
The MR puts forth continuous efforts to offer better services to the passengers through several railway improvement projects.
Several railway improvement projects including repair of railroads, replacement of carriages and installation of modern signals and communication systems to run all railways yards and workshops to full capacity have been implemented by the MR in collaboration with Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The MR estimates that the number of commuters is likely to increase after the current projects are completed.