September 20, 2017

Yangon to see electric commuter tramcar line on Strand Road

A tramcar which would be run on the Strand Road is receving check-up. Photo: Tin Hla Maung
A tramcar which would be run on the Strand Road is receving check-up. Photo: Tin Hla Maung

WITH the launching of a tram rail over a four-mile distance on the Strand Road, Myanmar Railways has taken a step to connecting the tram rail line with the current circular rail service.
Myanmar Railways announced yesterday that it will launch tram rail on the Strand Road route from War Dan to Linsadaung on 10 January.
With a seating capacity of 150, the tram rail will run 10 times a day from 7 a.m to 4p.m with a 100 kyat fare for each commuter.
The tram rail line will be 7 miles long in total with three phases but only 4 miles will be launched initially.
The move is aimed at easing traffic congestion and to provide commuters with convenient public transportation, said U Kyaw Soe Lin, Manger of Myanmar Railways.
Myanmar Railways and the Japanese West Corporation signed a 3 million USD deal for this tram rail project in July last year.
MR had the train on trial runs on 7 and 8 January.
The tram rail services will be the first in Myanmar since the same kind of transportation was launched in 1904.
The current railroad along the Strand Road serves mainly as a transit route for cargo to move goods from Yangon’s ports.
Myanmar Railways began operating a commuter train along the rail in an attempt to curb congestion however the line is unlikely to dramatically reduce traffic.—Soe Win SP

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