Currently, transit service in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, is provided by a handful of different private companies, some of which are government-owned. Most of these operators have simple licenses to operate transit, an incentive structure which can lead to compromised service and safety standards.  BRTPlan has been engaged in creating a “Model Bus Company” with high standards of service, effective internal and governmental regulations.

BRTPlan is working to improve the administrative and regulatory capacity of Yangon’s Regional Transportation Authority (YRTA) to oversee a successful privately operated BRT system, and manage competitive tenders for BRT service. As part of the “Model Bus Company” being designed, BRTPlan has guided integration of existing operators into the new company to ensure that innovation does not disadvantage existing industry players.

Rendering of BRT on Pyay Road, courtesy of Far East Mobility

BRTPlan has also been working to implement a BRT corridor on Pyay Road, a major north-south artery through Yangon and its suburbs. The project, in collaboration with Swedfund, Ramboll, and Far East Mobility, will provide high-quality transit on a crowded and narrow corridor, greatly increasing projected revenue and reducing travel time. The Pyay-Insein Corridor BRT will serve as a model throughout Yangon, Myanmar and Southeast Asia for modern transit infrastructure and operation.