Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Rail ministry to start e-tickets on circular train

YANGON - The Ministry of Rail Transportation has announced a tender to implement an electronic ticket system aimed to facilitate commuters travelling on Yangon’s circular railway on March 29.

The electronic circular train permit can be used like the i-pay card that was previously used on buses, according to railway officials.

“Why we plan to use e-ticket is that there are an increasing number of circular train passengers. For that it will be more convenient. We are also upgrading our rail systems to reach international standards,” said an official from Yangon Central Railway Station.

The e-ticket system is being planned by mid-year for use on all circular trains in Yangon which connect the downtown commercial hub with outlaying suburbs and townships.

The Ministry of Rail Transportation has notified businesses who want to get the permit have to apply before April 11 at the Yangon Central Railway Station.

Previously, foreigners had to buy tickets using U.S. dollars but as of April 1, the tickets are being sold in Myanmar Kyat.

100,000 people use the circular train every day, including about 200 foreigners, according to Yangon Central Railway Station.

source: Eleven Myanmar
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