The Yangon Transport Authority (YRTA) will carry out the second phase trial of card payment system on buses of Yangon Bus Service, according to joint secretary U Hla Aung of YRTA.
“We are working step-by-step to make sure the system is completed. We will conduct the test run buses engaged in pilot project. The card payment system will also make sure buses only stop at bus-stops and not at other places to bring in passengers,” he explained.
The YRTA planned to install card payment system on 1,500 buses of YBS in 2019, but so far it has only been able to install on 1,480 buses and tested the function on 1,313 buses.
“Bus operators and Asia Starmar Co, the operator of card payment system have discussed conditions under which card payment system equipment can get damaged,” said managing-director U Aung Nyi Nyi Maw of the YRTA.
The YRTA and Asia Starmar Co discussed details about the card payment system on 22 January evening. The cards to be used to pay bus fare will be sold for Ks-2,000 per piece, and the top-up amount is minimum Ks-1,000 to maximum Ks-50,000.
The YRTA operates 117 bus lines with a fleet of over 4,400 buses for city dwellers.
Htet Khaing (Sanchaung)