Number of passengers expected to increase after upgrade of Yangon circular railway

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Locomotives run on the Yangon Circular Railway at Yangon Central Railway Station.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

An increase of about 260,000 passengers per day is expected after the upgrade of the Yangon circular railway, according to a report in
the Myawady Daily yesterday.
Myanma Railway (MR) is implementing the upgrading project in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The cost of the project is Ks300 billion.
Upon completion of the project, the time needed to make one circular trip will take 110 minutes instead of 170 minutes.
To attract more commuters, MR will raise the speed from 15 kilometers per hour to 60 kilometers per
hour. The number of trains will also increase from 122 to 175. JICA has also announced that since the speed of the trains will be raised to 60 kilometers per hour, people should not cross the railway, walk, dry the clothes or sleep on the railway.

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