Yangon Circular Railway
|Transit type||Light rail|
|Number of stations||39|
|Number of vehicles||21|
|System length||45.9 km (28.5 mi)|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)|
|Average speed||15.3 km/h (9.5 mph)|
Yangon Circular Railway (Burmese: ရန်ကုန် မြို့ပတ် ရထား [jàɴɡòʊɴ mjo̰baʔ jətʰá]) is the local commuter rail network that serves the Yangon metropolitan area. Operated by Myanmar Railways, the 45.9-kilometre (28.5 mi) 39-station loop system connects satellite towns and suburban areas to the city. The railway has about 200 coaches, runs 20 times and sells 100,000 to 150,000 tickets daily. The loop, which takes about three hours to complete, is a way to see a cross section of life in Yangon. The Railway is heavily utilized by lower-income commuters, as it is the cheapest method of transportation in Yangon.
The service hours are from 3:45 am to 10:15 pm daily. The cost of a ticket for a distance of 15 miles is one hundred kyats (~nine US cents), and that for over 15 miles is two hundred kyats (~18 US cents). Foreigners pay 1 USD or 1200 Kyat in a little ticket office on platform seven in Central Railway Station regardless of the length of the journey and ticket is valid for the whole day.
In July 2011, the Ministry of Rail Transportation announced that it intended to privatize the Yangon Circular Railway, since the government-run system operates at a loss for the government, with monthly operating costs about 260 million kyats (US$325,000) and monthly revenues about 42 million kyats (US$52,500). Ticket prices have been kept low because of ministry subsidies.
In December 2012, Japan International Cooperation Agency began its collaboration with Yangon City Development Committee to develop a master plan for the Greater Yangon region, including the issue of public transport.
The loop network consists of 39 stations, linking various parts of Yangon. Map from train is shown to the right, with approximate location of stations.
The major stations are as follows:
- Yangon Central
- Dagon University
- University of Computer Studies, Yangon
The entire circular trip takes approximately 3 hours.
The timetable for departure at Yangon railway station is shown to the right. Note that there are several comments elsewhere on the Internet about inaccurate departure.
Notation "R" indicates eastbound at Yangon railway station, thus in anticlockwise direction, and "L" is the opposite direction.
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