Bus stop volunteers to help passengers

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A BRT bus is thronged with passengers in downtown Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

According to the Yangon Region Hluttaw Representatives, volunteers will be stationed at bus stands for the convenience of passengers in commuting starting 16 January, when a new bus line system will be introduced.
U Kyaw Kyaw Tun, Yangon Region Hluttaw representative, said that U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region Cabinet, disclosed the plan for the new bus system yesterday at a meeting held at the Office of Yangon Region Cabinet.
“In meeting with Hluttaw representatives, Chief Minister told us to help for the convenience of the passengers on 16 January by stationing volunteers at bus stands for nearly 5 days starting from 16 January,” U Kyaw Kyaw Tun said.
Volunteers will wear Yangon Bus Service (YBS) shirts and will be given a route map to help passengers. And signboards will be posted at bus stops, and leaflets will be delivered to pedestrians at crowded places in the coming days. Presently, there are over 300 bus lines and more than 2,000 bus stands. The Yangon Region Cabinet will upgrade the bus stands, it is said. Though it was announced that 58 bus lines would ply on all routes, two more bus lines will be added, for a total of 60 bus lines.
The new 60 bus lines will be supervised by Yangon Region Transport Supervision Authority and situations of the transport will be discussed quarterly. The bus lines will be changed into public-owned bus lines at the end of 2017. Out of over 6 million Yangon residents, nearly 2 million people use buses daily.—Ko Moe

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