Modern public transport is a top priority

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Myanmar needs to make public transport a top priority as it prepares for the 2015 ASEAN economic community along with other regional countries.  Infrastructural development is a necessity for the competitive market in which the member countries will try to seek opportunities for the flow of their commodities and labour.
After being neglected or mismanaged for years, the infrastructural sector of Myanmar is now ready to attract significant investment in telecommunications and power networks as well as in modern road, rail, airport and port systems.
By relying too heavily on city buses, Yangon now sees serious traffic congestion every day at every area. Some transportation experts have remarked that the former capital needs a modern transportation system such as a sky train system to solve daily traffic congestion.
While the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other international funding organizations, along with foreign firms and investors, are helping Myanmar develop its infrastructural sector, more support is still needed. Sound and public-centered policies of the government are crucial to improve this sector.
The Asian Development Bank has recently mentioned that Myanmar’s transport sector is considerably underdeveloped in comparison to other neighbouring ASEAN countries. While the average road network in ASEAN is 11 km per 1,000 people, Myanmar only has around 2 km of roads per 1,000 people. The gap is too significant.
A modern transport system is one of the ways to develop the capabilities of citizens in their activities. Myanmar has only around 18.1 vehicles per 1,000 people compared to Thailand’s 370. However, traffic jams in Yangon have serious impacts on commuters due to the lack of a modern transport system or mass transport system, which has the potential to contribute a lot to the daily lives of students, visitors and workers who are the human resources useful for the development of the country.

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