Number of daily commuters on Yangon circular trains increase to 100,000

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Commuters are struggling to ride a circular train at Yangon Central Railways Station. 
Photo: Phoe Khwar

MYANMA Railways, the state-owned railway transport enterprise, said the number of daily commuters on Yangon circular trains has increased to 100,000, according to a report of the Myawady Daily’s Friday edition.
According to the official record, the average number of regular commuters on circular trains was about 70,000 per day last year. That figure increased to nearly 90,000 by January.
Beginning in the last week of September, the number of commuters has risen to about 100,000 a day, with the trains always packed with passengers, especially rush hours, said an official from the MR.
“Increased travel time is the most direct consequence of road traffic congestion. That is why people choose railways services rather than road transport”, the official said.
Myanma Railways’ circular train is currently running 215 times a day using 28 carriages.
In collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency, the MR continues to implement railway improvement projects including repair of tracks, replacement of carriages, and installation of modern signals and communications systems to run all railway yards and workshops to full capacity.



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