Solving traffic congestion key to improving life of city

Yangon’s traffic congestion has gradually worsened over the years, causing major headaches for those who commute daily. As commercial activity increases with the entry of more business firms to the country, the number of commuters continues to grow.
The vast majority of people rely on buses, taxis and private cars, as the city does not have other public transportation systems such as Bangkok’s BTS and MRT which have had a hugely positive impact on that city’s traffic congestion.
Traffic congestion has many bad consequences. Yangon city has a large expanse of suburban areas that can accommodate expansion. However, few business firms set up their offices in these areas due to poor transportation infrastructure, causing higher property rates in the downtown business hub. Traffic congestion in this way is a major contributor to the exorbitant real estate prices that inhibit economic activity.
In some cases, many bridges linking city areas have only one lane in each direction. There have been incidents in which ambulances have been stuck due to vehicles blocking these narrow thoroughfares.
Employees are frequently late to work due to severe congestion. From suburban areas to downtown, some staff must travel nearly two hours to their offices, wasting their time and that of their company.
When people are forced to face traffic congestion day after day, their health and happiness suffer. The situation is also a hindrance to the tourism industry, which is a major source of revenue for the country.
Traffic congestion should be solved urgently to make Yangon a better place both for residents and visitors.

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