The Way Forward for Yangon Comprises Bus Priority Measures and Traffic Flow Reforms

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In recent years, Yangon has taken a path where acute traffic congestion has become part of the residents’ daily grind. But the way forward for Myanmar’s capital looks brighter with plans for bus priority measures and improvements in traffic management, parking and pedestrian facilities.

CDIA has recently completed its Concept Design and Feasibility Study to support the city government in implementing bus priority measures and improving traffic flow along Pyay Road corridor, considered to have the most number of bus and passenger flows in the city.

The study proposes a 19.8 km busway with 28 stations, which incorporates elements of bus rapid transit as well as pedestrian facility, parking and traffic management improvements.

When implemented, these measures are estimated to benefit at least 840,000 passengers per day, improve bus speed by half, and cut travel time by roughly 25 minutes.

The project is also deemed beneficial for bus operators and drivers as the increase in bus speed is expected to translate into bus fleet and operational cost savings.

The proposed busway features a high capacity design and consists of hybrid of ‘full BRT’ and ‘busway’ stations. All stations have also been designed to accommodate both 12m and 18m buses; while the two platforms in every station can host 12 stopping buses simultaneously.

The project likewise includes intersection improvements at Hledan, Hanthaway and other intersections along the corridor, thus, large improvements are expected for both bus and mixed traffic performances.

Since the routes of the busway are designed to extend into the central business district, it is also projected to alleviate one of Yangon’s pressing mobility issues, which is the large number of forced bus passenger transfers on the edge of the CBD.

Parking and pedestrian improvements have been integrated further in the busway project to ensure that they are compatible with the bus priority measures. Only through this could the transport situation in the central area be dramatically improved.

The study proposes a variety of parking reforms for both off-street and on-street systems; and pedestrian facility improvements such as walkway widening, pedestrian crossing improvements, pavement improvements, and access improvements to busway stations among others. 

“The conceptual design and feasibility study we just completed will be taken further down the project development cycle. It is very likely that modifications would be made, as resources, priorities, and other factors could come into play. But we hope that we have provided a strong foundation from which the city government can implement reforms necessary for building a more sustainable urban mobility for its growing population,” said Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager.

Photos: Concept Designs of Busway Project in Yangon, Myanmar

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