Express bus passengers drop to one fifth during pandemic


The number of highway bus line passengers has dropped to one fifth because of coronavirus pandemic, declining from over 30,000 to 6,000, according to the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA). Aung Mingalar highway bus lines are suspended not because of the instruction of the relevant authorities just because of the insufficient number of passengers during the pandemic period and of the restrictions in and out of the other regions.
“We have not restricted them from the operation of their service nor does the Yangon regional government. It is the respective destination states and regions concerned which imposed the restrictions. The passengers from across the country also stopped travelling. There were no passengers in April,” said the official from YRTA.
“We got instructions from the authorities to sell the tickets, keeping the social distancing rule.
During this period, the passengers are travelling only in case of emergency. The buses with accommodation capacity of 40 to 50 passengers are operating with only 15 to 20 passengers,” he added. There are also the rumours that the bus fares are two-fold and the passengers need to buy the tickets for two persons. Our YRTA has not given such a direction and only announced to keep the social-distancing rule.
According to the official report of YRTA on 10 June, a total of 574 buses from 191 bus lines are being operated in Aung Mingalar highway terminal. Moreover, a total of 196 buses from 62 bus lines are being operated in Dagon Ayeyar highway terminal. —Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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