Yangon plans to establish traffic control centre with installation of computerized traffic signals

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Photo shows five-road Tamwe Junction where computerized traffic signals will be installed soon, YCDC said. —Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon City Development Committee is planning to establish a traffic control centre with the installation of 50 computerized traffic signals in Yangon, Mayor U Hla Myint said at a workshop on public transport facilitation on Saturday.
The information was released at the workshop that included roundtable discussions on suggestions for improving public transport efficiency in the Yangon region.
“It is planned to install the computerized traffic signals at three spots in the area of five-road Tamwe Junction while installation of them at 10 spots in Mayangon Township is underway in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency”, the mayor told participants in the workshop.
He went on to say that vehicles in Yangon account for 66. 5 per cent of total vehicles numbering more than 600,000 in the whole country and 10 percent of the remaining 33.5 per cent is believed to be present in Yangon as ones registered outside Yangon. So, Yangon makes up about 80 per cent of the total car population of Myanmar, numbering more than 400,000 vehicles.
Traffic congestion is a major challenge to Yangon where its car population is competing against the resident population. With an influx of imported cars in Yangon and insufficient parking areas in its downtown, traffic jams are getting worse and worse.
Depending on the number of apartments, adequate car parking is to be included in building high-rises, shopping malls and office towers, he added.
During the workshop organized by Yangon Region government at the RUMFCCI Building, participants presented their suggestions on how to improve public transport efficiency in the commercial hub to avoid gridlock. Some called for participation of all in obedience to law and effectiveness of traffic law enforcement, putting a blame for breach of traffic disciplines on all road users and arguing that traffic rules need to be inculcated in all road users as well as enforcement officers.
Some suggested establishing bus rapid transit and mass rapid transit systems, a single authority for traffic management, a water taxi service, inner and outer ring roads and improving existing rail transport with car shuttle services.
A suggestion for the transformation from private bus lines into a public company was also made at the workshop.
Before concluding the workshop, the YCDC’s Engineering Department (Road and Bridge) made a presentation of the Yangon Urban Transport Master Plan, with the department head elaborating on traffic data information and an inner-outer ring road project to be implemented.
The plan includes construction of elevated roads, a new river-crossing bridge, flyovers at intersections on the outer ring road and other road related infrastructure and establishment of toll plazas on the inner and outer ring roads.— GNLM

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