From night to morning and to the evening. From track number 7 in Yangon Central Station in Myanmar, though the 38 stations that surround the city, spread regularly as if they were notes on a 29 mile music score.
Outside a landscape mosaic that swing between suburban and rural, each with its own access to the Ciruclar Line.
Danyiangon, Hledan, Kanbe and more. Small stations animated by the overflowing industry of the Burmese people, with goods of all kind spread through the tracks, taxi cabs on pedals waiting for customers, flower importers from the North, daily habits and rituals. Microcosms of landscapes that live their own lives, access points to the great city for thousands of people.
A kaleidoscope of faces, occupations and personal trajectories meeting up on circular trains, 23 each day, that in three hours run through their course and go back to Yangon station, where they had begun. Commuters and occasional travelers, some rare foreign tourist, families and monks, young activists, boys and girls attracted by the city’s vitality and shops.
This is the Circular Line: a split of Burma society, that after decades of regimes and isolation has tasted the first signs of democracy and international openness, at a historical time of transition and deep social, economic and political transformation.
Now the Yangon’s famous Circular Line is set for a “rising ridership”, with an investment worth billions from Japan to upgrade the 29 miles track set to be undertaken in the 2017-18 financial year.
The Myanmar Railways will receive US$200 million in development financing to upgrade the circular railway line and has set an ambitious target of tripling commuter traffic.