City Interventions

Yangon Pyay Road Bus Priority Measures

Country: Myanmar
City: Yangon

Key Stakeholders and PartnersYangon Regional Transport Authority; Yangon City Development Committee; Yangon Regional Government; Asian Development Bank

Project Preparation Study PeriodDecember 2017 – February 2019

CDIA SupportUS$ 1,018,305

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 150 million (ADB)

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Yangon’s transport system used to be based mainly on bus transport, as there were few cars until 2012 and motorbikes have been banned in the downtown area. People used to have limited transport options, but congestion was non-existent. In 2012, the government relaxed the vehicle import hurdles and since then Yangon’s private vehicle fleet has increased rapidly. The Pyay road is a major North-South route providing access to the central business district and is one of the city’s main bus corridors. Yangon is developing rapidly and now experiences severe peak hour traffic congestion that is increasingly extending to whole day.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA supported the Yangon Regional Government and the Yangon City Development Committee in addressing declining public transport conditions and ridership in Yangon and revitalize the downtown Yangon area, by preparing a feasibility study on bus priority measures for the Pyay road corridor together with associated traffic management, pedestrian and parking facility improvements for downtown Yangon. The Pyay Road Bus Priority Feasibility Study was implemented in three main phases: alternatives analysis, concept design, and feasibility study. The study was carried out with a view to feeding into a possible ADB project preparation work and downstream financing.

Expected Development Outcomes

The project will have strong positive environmental and social impacts that support Yangon’s sustainable development vision. The development of high-quality bus services will consolidate the current 50% modal share of bus transport. Better buses will compound with the improved pedestrian environment and restrictions to car parking in downtown Yangon which will lead to a more livable and productive city. The project will reduce carbon, noise and pollution emission from transport, which will have a global and local health and environment benefits.


Key City informationLand Area: 895 sq. km.
Estimated Population: 5.2 million (2018)
City website: https://www.ycdc.gov.mm

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