The Evolution of Yangon’s New Bus Service
By The Irrawadddy 17 January 2018
The Yangon Bus Service (YBS) marked its first-year anniversary on Tuesday facing the same hopes and apprehensions as at its birth. But the Yangon government seems committed to making it a success, vowing during Tuesday’s celebrations to “make it happen.” Here are some of The Irrawaddy’s previous stories on the bus service to help readers understand how the YBS became what it is today.
Authority says plans for this year include launch of cashless payment system
Despite optimism, unlicensed buses and illegal drivers raise fears for public safety.
Check a snapshot of the Yangon Bus Service’s operations based on the latest available data, from December in infographics.
A joint venture between the Burmese and Taiwanese firms was selected to fit the commercial capital’s public transit system with a card payment platform.
With bumpy start behind it, transit system chief focuses on boosting fleet size, reaching breakeven in 4-5 years
For residents of Rangoon, this week was full of excitement, dissatisfaction, and frustration as the city embraced a new bus network.
The planning and finance minister says the purchase of 1,000 new buses for US$56 million was arranged with the help of the Chinese ambassador.
Early problems including long waits and overcrowding blamed on a lack of vehicles on first day of operation.
Through an improved bus network and a new computerized traffic control system, the government hopes to cut congestion by 40 percent.
Hundreds of volunteers are signing up to work with philanthropic groups, the student union, and lawmakers to ease the transition to a new bus service.
Eight companies to operate 59 bus lines under a new bus service to tackle badly maintained buses, dangerous driving, and unprofessional staff.