Biggest City in MyanmarLargest city in Myanmar
Myanmar's largest city wants to bring buses into the 21 st cent.
In Myanmar, its biggest city, Myanmar has introduced a new system of transportation that introduces for the first timed buses, schedules and driver pay, which could change the life of some five million people in Yangon. It is the biggest open access urban development with a direct effect on the city where the country's president, Aung San Suu Kyi, won the historical election in 2015, and an important test of her capacity to live up to the high aspirations of the population.
In April, with by-elections in parliament, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has renewed the messy grid of some 4,000 shaky modes of transportation, half of which have been in use for more than 20 years, according to the state. These changes are designed to reduce the volume of travel and the commuting times of some two million people who have been complaining that busses are crowded, have unforeseen timetables and are not safe - some people have to get on and off even if their busses are still on the move.
Toe Toe Toe Toe, a 20-year-old college girl who got on a loaded coach in the city center one day and held an old 200 Myanmaryat ( "Dh55 fils") ticket for the coach ticket in one palm and a boxed luncheon in the other. "I am always with a lot of other travellers for at least an hour," said Mrs. Toe Toe, about this stage of her day-to-day journey to college and a part-time position that can take up to three of them.
Yangon NLD leader Phyo Min Thein recalled the long history of failure of the former system, which was lacking in a system of expert leadership, torn apart by corrupt practices and infamous for bad customer care and ruthlessness among riders. "We' ll first modify the buses and then further improve the system of payments and safety and carry out checks to make sure that road regulations are respected," said Mr Phyo Min Thein.
Under the revision, the Yangon Regional Transit Agency (YRTA) will be established by the authorities to lead a group of coach operators that will enter into a new public-private alliance. The YRTA company announces that a team of eight operators have been chosen to run the new Yangon Coach Service System. However, San Myint, 48, who has been a coachman for more than 20 years, has criticized a bad information and publicity drive before the start, no directions for coachmen, and no information about the new pay system.
Before the changes, Yangon coach owners were paying for a finished line, which encouraged them to travel quickly and often violate tolls.