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Buses in Yangon are to have female conductors for the first time, to improve the quality and safety of service, officials said on June 10.

"We believe women are more suitable as conductors because they are more patient with commuters," said Myint Aung, a senior official at the Road Transport Administration Department.

The transport authorities have hired 19 women to be conductors, the department said, as part of a campaign to improve public transport.

"Its more difficult to regulate male conductors because after decades on the job they have become habituated to slack discipline," he said.

The hiring of women conductors is to address reports of poor service and incidents of harassment on the city's crowded public transport.

The department is also hiring women drivers in response to rising accident rates. Over the past five months there were 122 road accidents in Yangon, leaving 41 dead and 358 injured, according to state media.

There are currently 6,600 buses operating 352 routes in the former capital, Myanmar's largest city, with an estimated population of at least 6 million.

Continues here:- http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6405:yangon-buses-to-get-feminine-touch&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

Public transport buses to get prepaid card system

State-run buses are set to return to Yangon streets in an effort to improve the city’s struggling public transport system, an official has revealed to The Myanmar Times.

Department of Transport director U Tin Win Aung said the ministry will establish a new line through a K7.4 billion (US$7.7 million) joint venture with a private company, Forever Green Right Service.

They are importing 25 buses for project, which will see passengers pay for fares using prepaid cards rather than cash. The project is still awaiting Yangon Region government approval but U Tin Win Aung said the ministry is hopeful the line will begin operations by the end of July.

“Five buses have already arrived in Myanmar and another 20 will arrive at the end of the month again,” said U Tin Win Aung, adding that prices have not yet been set.

Continues here:- http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/10649-public-transport-buses-to-get-prepaid-card-system.html

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