HCMC approves 1st bus rapid transit route

By Dat Nguyen   December 2, 2020 | 10:15 pm PT
HCMC approves 1st bus rapid transit route
A bus is stuck in traffic in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
HCMC has given the green light for its first bus rapid transit line at a cost of VND3.27 trillion ($142 million) and to be completed by 2023.

Green bus route 1 will run 26 kilometers through Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, Binh Tan, and Binh Chanh in a dedicated lane at an average speed of 60 kilometers per hour.

It will have a fleet of 42 buses with a capacity of 60-72 passengers, 28 stations and eight parking lots for personal vehicles.

The city will build footbridges at several places for people to access the stations. The buses will have a smart ticket system using electronic cards and smartphones.

Of its $142 million cost, 87 percent will be borrowed from the World Bank.

It is one of six routes planned to reduce routine congestion in a city that lacks efficient public transport to serve its 13 million residents.

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