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Yangon's new water bus lets commuters sail around gridlock

City hopes to ease traffic, but so far most passengers are tourists

Water bus rides cost the equivalent of 22 cents.

YANGON -- Residents of Yangon who are fed up with increasingly heavy road traffic can now take to the city's iconic river for a more comfortable commute. A recently launched water bus system is expected to reduce the city's congestion, though tourists appear to be the main beneficiaries so far.

Since ancient times, the Yangon River has been a key transport artery. Today, the Yangon Water Bus connects the city's downtown Botahtaung district near the river mouth to the Insein residential area, some 20km to the north. There are several more stops between the points. The service's boats and piers are all painted yellow.

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