YRTA will soon introduce Yangon Payment System (YPS). According to Global New Light of Myanmar, they are gonna announce winner for YPS tender on coming 10th January. I wish to see some promotions from the winning company in first few months to make the adoption rate better.
Majority of regular commuters are from low-income households. They will not be willing (or rather cannot afford) to top-up large sum of money (say Ks5000). Probably Ks1000 to Ks2000 top-ups will be more common. (Another reason of low top-up amount may be the concern that they might lose the card.) We may also have to consider what is the smallest acceptable denomination – Ks200 or Ks500.
In order to make the system efficient, promotions similar to mobile bill counterparts can be implemented. For example, if we top-up Ks2000, there will be Ks200 additional credit etc. In fact, there are many things to consider while devising policies with big impact on large population. And, winning company, I hope, makes the system flexible enough to ensure that it can adapt to demands and requirements which may soon arise.
During a trial period from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 passengers are charged Rp 30,000 (US$2.2) for a one-way ticket. On Jan. 2, the fare will increase to Rp 70,000, and eventually it will increase to Rp 100,000 per trip.
For 36.3km journey, I consider ticket fares to be rather expensive. Promotional price of 2800 MMK will become regular price of 6600 MMK starting January 2, 2018. And, eventually, it will become 9500 MMK. But, if you have experienced Jakarta’s notorious traffic from airport to city, you’d probably be more glad that you have new travelling option.