Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has announced that the city’s new water taxi service will launch in early May.
“We opened a tender for a water taxi service [from Yangon proper] to Thanlyin Star City and Thilawa. The regional government awarded the tender to Tint Tint Myanmar Co. Only two companies submitted bids because the project is huge. We are making the necessary preparations to offer the best possible services in early May,” the chief minister said.
In an effort to alleviate road congestion in the city, the Yangon Region Transport Authority opened the tender for the water taxi service on November 20 last year, and the deadline to submit bids was December 26. The other company to apply was Golden Palace Co. Ltd.
Tint Tint Myanmar Co. is now required to conduct a pilot survey before the service launches.
The water taxi service will stop at seven jetties along the Yangon River and 11 jetties along Ngamoeyeik Creek. The vessels will be able to carry between 50 and 100 people at a time.
YRTA has not yet determined the number of vessels to be included in the service or ticket fees.