August 19, 2016

Yangon gets new Bus Rapid Transfer route

A BRT Bus seen playing. Photo: Khin Maung Win
A BRT Bus seen playing. Photo: Khin Maung Win

WITH a fleet of 18 new buses imported from China and South Korea, the Public Bus Company launched its operation of public transport services along one route yesterday.
The first route of the Bus Rapid Transfer (BRT) has 23 stops running from Htaunkkyant to Alanpya Pagoda Road via Pyay Road and Bogyoke Aung San Road; the second route has 27 stops running from Htaunkkyant to Pyay Road via Kabaraye Pagoda Road, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Botahtaung Pagoda Road, Strand Road and Phonegyi Road.
Despite original plan to begin the service with 65 buses, the line launched with a fleet of just 18 buses, as the rest are being delivered from different countries, added the chairman of the bus company.
Another 45 buses will arrive at the end of February, he added.
The modern bus line was officially opened by Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe.
The Public Bus Company began its business with K10 billion worth of shares owned by the government and K15 billion worth of shares owned by public companies.
According to a press conference recently held for the event, bus fare is set at K300 per head for buses with an air conditioning system. Staff will be deployed to every bus stop, the company announced.
Each bus can carry over 80 passengers. Plans are in place to run a line along Kabaraye Pagoda Road at the end of this month, during the project’s second phase.—GNLM


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