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Sky trains and subways for Burma?

Rail transport minister has audacious plans for Burma's commercial capital
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Bangkok's elevated "sky train" runs on tracks above one of the city's main thoroughfares on August 28, 2009. (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

Are subways and elevated rail lines coming to Yangon, the impoverished former capital of Burma?

In an interview with Reuters, the rail transport minister of Burma (officially titled Myanmar) said the government has designs on lines akin to modern rail systems in Bangkok or Beijing.

If completed, this would be a stunning development for a city where decrepit buses and taxis routinely afford passengers a view of the road through holes in their floorboards. It's also a bit ambitious for a government with more pressing needs; run-down hospitals and broke schools come to mind.

And what happened to those plans to build a subway in Burma's new capital modeled on rail lines in North Korea?

http://www.globalpost.com/globalpost-blogs/southeast-asia/burma-trains

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