Foreign passengers using circular railway double this year

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Foreign passengers seen at Yangon Railways Station.  hoto: Phoe Khwar

The number of foreign passengers using circular train services has increased two-fold in the current fiscal year (FY) after the fares were reduced, according to the Myanma Railways (MR).
In 2015, MR collected US$1 from foreigners for using the Yangon circular train services. However, foreigners now pay the same fare as the locals, said U Zaw Lwin, traffic general manager of Division 7 of Myanma Railways.
Earlier, the train fare was Ks200 for all distances, but now, the shorter distances cost Ks100 for 15 miles, while the entire trip costs Ks200.
In 2016-2017 FY, between 3,500 and 4,000 foreign passengers used the Yangon circular train services per month. In 2017-2018 FY, the number of foreign passengers increased to more than 8,000 per month.
Currently, nine circular trains are plying daily for 215 rounds for the convenience of both local and foreign passengers.

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