August 19, 2016

Strand tram suspended

Yangon tram being seen running along Strand Road.
Yangon tram being seen running along Strand Road.

The Yangon tram running along Strand Rd is to be suspended as of today due to the lack of passengers using it, according to Myanma Railways under the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
In the report it is said that the tram could potentially cause accidents.
“We ran the tram along the Strand Road to facilitate public transportation. But currently, we have only 45 passengers using the tram. Four days ago, the tram was driven with only 10 passengers on board. Also, the tram accidents occurred often in the overcrowded area. That’s why we plan to stop it,” said General Manager U Tun Aung Thin from Myanma Railways.
Adding, “We will keep the tram at the locomotive shed depot in War Dan. Although the tram is going to be suspended running, it will be made ready to run during heavy traffic. We are thinking of running the tram longer distances to get more passengers.”
The tram consists of three coaches and can accommodate 250 passengers. Currently, the tram earns about Ks4500 per day while it costs Ks15,000 a day to operate.
Yangon circular trains will charge new ticket fares starting from July 1.
There are over 70,000 passengers who rely on the circular trains in the raining season. Over 30,000 passengers are buying Ks50 tickets while only 400 passengers are buying Ks100 tickets, the latter being a higher class. Now, Myama Railways is fixing the rate at Ks100 for 15 miles and Ks200 for the whole trip.


Soe Win


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