July 05, 2017

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New Buses on the way

Yangon BRT system launches with 18 buses first on 9 Feb

Bus stops at downtown Yangon are crowded with people during rush hours. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Bus stops at downtown Yangon are crowded with people during rush hours. Photo: Aye Min Soe

A FLEET of 18 new buses of the Public Bus Company is set to operate public transport services on two routes as of 9 February, according to a press conference in Yangon yesterday.
Pyay and Kabar-Aye Pagoda roads are set to be used for the bus service as the two routes are popular with Yangon commuters, said Dr Maung Aung, chairman of the company.
Despite the original plan to begin the service with 65 buses, only a fleet of 18 buses will be in service first as buses are being delivered from different countries, added the chairman.
“Another 45 buses will arrive at the end of February.”
The Public Bus Company began its business with K10 billion worth of shares by the government and K15 billion worth of shares by public companies.
According to the press conference, bus fare is set at K300 per head for buses with air conditioning system and staff will be deployed at every bus-stop.
The first bus route has 23 stops running from Htaunkkyant to Alanpya Pagoda Road via Pyay Road and Bogyoke Aung San Road and the second has 27 stops running from Htaunkkyant to Pyay Road via Kabar-Aye Pagoda Road, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Botahtaung Pagoda Road, Strand Road and Phonegyi Road.

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