Govt Announces Rangoon Water Taxi Service Tender

By San Yamin Aung & Zue Zue 17 February 2017

RANGOON — A local travel company running river cruises on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers has won a tender to provide water taxi services in Rangoon, the regional chief minister U Phyo Min Thein said Friday.

Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) invited tenders to implement a water taxi service on Rangoon’s Hlaing River and Nga Moe Yeik Creek Nov. 21 to Dec. 26 last year and only two companies—both of which were local—submitted proposals.

The project falls under the Rangoon regional government’s plans to upgrade public transport services to relieve worsening traffic jams in the former capital and commercial hub.

U Phyo Min Thein told media at a press conference on Friday that the government selected Tint Tint Myanmar Company as it believed it could offer the best service.

Tint Tint Myanmar Company runs the popular Irrawaddy Princess Cruise between Mandalay and Bagan, among other cruises and hotels.

“We are preparing to launch the water taxi service in early May,” the Rangoon chief minister said.

He added that there are plans to link the water taxi service jetties with the recently revamped Yangon Bus Service.