New Bus Fleet ‘to Improve Service’

A total of 1000 new passenger buses imported by the government have arrived to boost the services of the YBS bus lines, YRTA secretary U Maung Aung told The Myanmar Times.

The additional buses are expected to further improve public transportation in the region, he added.

‘’We will add more buses in popular bus lines of No 36, 7, 65 and 4, among others,” U Maung Aung said. “For No. 37, we already added about 100 buses and extended to Hmawbi GTC.”

‘’The new bus line, No 87 started running on Monday from Dagon University (North Dagon Township) to Sule and No 88 bus line started operations on Tuesday from Dagon University to Insein YIT (Insein Township), he said, adding that a total of with 60 buses will service these routes.

The YRTA will also extend the new bus line to Tharketa Township where the buses are too old to run on the road and are not safe, according to U Maung Aung.

With the arrival of the new buses, YBS will now be operating in 91 routes from the current 83 routes.

“We will extend the lines where there is high passenger traffic, so we can address the people’s need for public transportation,” he said.

U Maung Aung said that old buses will also be replaced and will be sent to the Road Transport Administration Department for recycling in the iron smelting factory.

Aside from the 1000 buses imported by the Yangon Urban Public Transportation (formerly Ma Hta Tha bus line) and Yangon Bus Public Company, a private transport company, OMNIFOCUS, imported 600 new buses, but is only using 100 units. The remaining 500 units are not yet in use.

‘’As far as I know, to add a new bus line would take at least two months of preparation. The new buses need to be registered, taxes have to be paid and they have to get comprehensive insurance. Sometimes we need to decorate the buses,” said No. 21 bus owner Ko Ta Yoke Lay.

“The people can see the new buses on the road very soon,” he added.

YRTA is trying to remove the old buses and replace these with new buses through the public-private partnership scheme.

‘’We need time to change the system. While removing old buses is important, we must also form a partnership. We must do it step by step,” said U Maung Aung.

“Based on our experience with the accidents in No 37 and 55 bus lines, we learned that the individual bus owners can’t responsible if problem happens. So we must change to partnership system as soon as possible,” he added.


Source: The Myanmar Times

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