The Yangon region government is planning to implement the Yangon Payment System (YPS) system in some 4,000 Yangon Bus Service (YBS) buses, according to a report yesterday in the Myawady Daily.
Once the YPS system is installed, payments will be deducted from the card, based upon the distance travelled. The system will not impact payment rates.
The Yangon region government has already discussed the tender process for the payment service with technology companies. The board will review the tender proposals from various consortiums, before choosing the final bidders for consideration. The cabinet will then select two tender winners for the automated fare collection (AFC) system. The two winning consortiums will sign five-year contracts with YBS companies. They will then be required to issue YPS cards and install all AFC technology, which will be initially tested on some 4,000 buses.
The Yangon region government will announce the tender winners for the YPS system on January 11. The Yangon region government invited the tender in September, and has received tender applications from 21 companies.
Currently, YBS buses are using a cash box system. Later on, the YBS will install the YPS system, together with the cash box system. The government will make sure the YPS cards are accepted in all buses, trains, and other means of transport, as well as other services.