By Nyein Nyein
Over 40,000 YPS payment cards have been sold in a month, said Joint Secretary U Hla Aung of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA). YRTA started to sell YPS payment cards on 16 July. A total of 12,194 standard cards and 29,314 promotion cards have been sold as of 17 August.
At present, the YPS payment cards are available on 1,290 YBS buses including five bus lines from YBPC Company, five bus lines from Bandoola Transportation Company and 15 bus lines from YUPT Company. YRTA has also planned to install more YPS payment machines in the remaining YBS buses. If the YPS payment card users lose the YPS card, the card can be closed in the service centre by mentioning the code number which is shown on the back of the YPS card to prevent loss of their money for the lost cards. So, the card users need to carry photos of their YPS cards to save the code number. Authorities are planning to arrange to buy the YPS cards through registration of the ID. Currently, the YPS cardholders need to scan the cards to pay for a single bus journey when getting on and getting off from the YBS. The YPS machines will cut the only K200 for the fare. Later, the YPS machines will change the fares depending upon the distance of the journey.
The YPS payment cards can be purchased in three service centres located in Thamaing, Tamway and Sule and 102 g&g convenient stores. Moreover, YPS cards can also be purchased at city hall bus stations, Eight Mile bus station, Myanmar Plaza bus station and Parami Nyaungbin bus station, according to Asia Starmar Transport Intelligent Company. (Translated by Hay Mar)