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July 08, 2020

Myanmar Railways fixes new rail fares for Yangon Circular Trains

By Phoe Thant

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General Manager U Tun Aung Thinn (Lower Myanmar) of Myanmar Railways explains operations of rail transportation.—Photo: Poe Thant

Yangon, 9 Oct— Myanmar Railways has announced new ticket prices for Yangon Circular Trains after upgrading the Yangon rail lines, an official from MR was quoted as saying at the press conference held in Yangon on Thursday.
Myanmar Railways has fixed the circular train fares at K 50 per 15 miles starting from 1 October, 2014. Previously, the round-trip ticket prices were fixed at K 50 for 15 miles and K 100 for 30 miles. As Myanmar Railways is running its operations at a loss, it has to fix the ticket prices at K 50 for a 15-mile one-way ticket. As the minimum bus fare is K 50, the train passengers are still travel at cheap fares, according to the MR official. However, the MR has lowered the ticket prices for Air-con RBE carriages and High Class carriages from K 400 to K 300 and K 300 to K 200 respectively for the convenience of the passengers since August 2014, the MR official added.
Both local and foreign passengers can take the circular train at the same ticket prices. Smooth and secure railway system almost has been upgraded. “We hope new rail fares can recover the cost of fuel,” said the MR official.
As 23 circular trains are running 215 circular trips a day, passengers do not have to wait the circular trains for a long time, the MR official said. There are toilets in seven crowded railways stations out of the total 38 stations while arrangements are underway to construct new
(Seetoilets to fulfill the need of railway passengers. A toilet is being built at YwartharGyi railways station at present, said the MR official.
There are 7 railways police in each circular train for the security of passengers and arrangements are underway to show the arrival time of each train with LED boards at each railways station. Every circular train stops 2 minutes at each station.
On the Fullmoon day of Thadingyut, over 100,000 passengers took the circular trains and the MR earns K 11.9 million kyats for transporting about 80,000 passengers on an ordinary day, said official.
Yangon-Kyaikhteeyoe Air-Con Train will resume on Saturday (11-10-2014) at 6:25 am from Yangon and will arrive at Kyaikhteeyoe at 11 am and return to Yangon at noon the next day.

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