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It is the biggest open access urban development with a direct effect on the town, in which Aung San Suu Kyi won a great victory in the historical 2015 general government vote, and an important test of her capacity to live up to the high aspirations of the population. 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 transport and commuting for some two million people who have been complaining that busses are congested, have unforeseen timetables and are inconvenient. A 20-year-old college girl who got on a bus in the centre of the town in one of the afternoons holding an old 200 Myanmar Kyoto ($0.15) ticket for the bus price in one palm and a luncheon in the other.
"I' m always with a lot of other people for at least an hour," said Toe Toe, about only part of her day-to-day journey to college and a part-time position that can take up to three of them. Yangon NLD chief Phyo Min Thein recalled the long history of errors in the former system, which was lacking in a system of expert leadership, torn apart by corrupt practices and infamous for its bad customer care and carelessness of riders.
"We will first modify the bus system and then further improve the EFT and safety and we will conduct checks to make sure that the road regulations are respected," said Phyo Min Thein at a press briefing last weekend. Part of the refurbishment will involve the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) to lead a group of bus 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 Bus Service System. However, San Myint, 48, who has been a bus operator for over 20 years, has criticised a bad pre-start information and publicity campaigns, missing directions for bus operators, with no information about the new pay system.
Before the changes, busers in Yangon were paying for a finished line, which encouraged them to travel quickly and often violate tolls.