MYANAMA RAILWAYS launched a 3.5-mile tram line with seven stops along Strand Road yesterday as part of an effort to expand the tramcar network around Yangon.
With a seating capacity of 180, the tram rail will run 6 times a day from 8am to 4pm with a 100-kyat fare for each commuter.
The tram rail line will ultimately be 7 miles long in total after two additional phases of development.
The tramcar line starts at Wardan Jetty and ends at Linsadaung on Strand Road.
The move is aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing commuters with convenient public transportation, said U Nyan Tun Aung, the Union Minister for Rail Transportation at the ceremony to officially launch the tramcar line.
Myanma Railways and the Japan-based West Corporation signed a US$3 million deal for tram rail project in July 2015.
This will be the first electric tram line in Myanmar. The previous one was launched in 1904.
A total of 77 electric commuter tramcars were running in Yangon before WWII, but the services stopped during the war.
The current railroad along Strand Road serves mainly as a transit route for cargo to move goods from Yangon’s
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