Myanmar Railways launches tram rail services after 70 years

Published on : Monday, January 11, 2016

MyanmarIn a bid to ease traffic congestion, Myanmar Railways has launched its first tram rail services after suspension for more than seven decades, an official report said on Monday.

 
The initial 5.6-km tram line on Yangon’s Strand Road was put into service on Sunday and will provide commuters with convenient public transportation.

 
According to the Ministry of Rail Transportation, the total line will be 11 km after two additional phases of development. The current railroad along the Strand Road serves mainly as a transit route for cargo to transport goods from Yangon ports.

 
The tram rail project is implemented under a 3-million-U.S. dollar deal between the Myanmar Railways and the Japan-based West Corporation signed in July last year.

 
Myanmar’s tram rail service dated back to 1904 with a total of 77 electric commuter tram cars running in Yangon before the World War II, but the services stopped during the war.

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