By Nyein Nyein
The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is planning to set up booths for bus prepaid cards, said U Maung Maung Soe, Yangon Mayor.
“The YCDC will set up kiosks near the bus-stop to enable smooth transportation of commuters. Sim-cards, top-up cards, and bus prepaid cards will be available at the kiosks. As the trial run of the card payment system is going to be launched, kiosks are needed,” he said.
“Despite the fact that some members of the Yangon Region Parliament opposed the construction of 5 square feet booths near popular bus-stops amid the clearing of street vendors, the move has been clearly explained. So, we will install booths near the bus-stops,” said U Maung Maung Soe.
This YCDC move aims to support YBS’s card payment system for better transportation, said the Yangon Mayor.
About 1,500 buses will get e-ticketing machines in the initial stage of the implementation of the card system by end-December, according to the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
The prepaid card booths cost K2 million and 15 of them have been built, said U Lin Khaing, head of the YCDC’s Engineering Department (Roads and Bridges).
At present, there are more than 1,800 bus stops in the commercial hub of Yangon, according to the YCDC. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)