Elbow to elbow: Hanoians queue up to try out new metro

By Tung Dinh   November 8, 2021 | 11:15 am GMT+7
Thousands of Hanoians stood in line ignoring social distancing rules to try out the country’s first metro service.

Hanoians try out new metro. Video by Loc Chung, Anh Phu

On the afternoon of Nov. 7, a myriad of Hanoians queue in hundreds-meter lines to get their first experience on the Cat Linh - Ha Dong metro route. Due to the large amount of passengers, the local authorities must keep reminding people not to cut the lines and be calm.

On Sunday, the second day of operation of the Cat Linh - Ha Dong metro route, there were queues 100 meters long as people waited to experience rides. Due to the large numbers, authorities kept reminding them not to cut the line and stay calm.

Wearing masks, many people try to cut the lines and board the train. The pass is free of charge in the first 15 days of operation.

The trains are free for the first 15 days. After that, it will cost VND8,000–15,000 ($0.35–0.66) for a ticket. There will also be monthly tickets for VND100,000-200,000.

In the first week, the service will run from 5.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with a train every 15 minutes. The frequency will be increased from the second week onwards with a train leaving every 10 minutes.  After six months, the service will be extended to 10.30 p.m., with a train every six minutes during rush hour.

In the first week, the trains will run from 5.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a service every 15 minutes. The frequency will increase from the second week with a train leaving every 10 minutes. After six months the service will be extended to 10.30 p.m., with a train every six minutes during rush hour.

Seas of people ignore social distancing rules when swiping their pass to enter the platform. All have their body temperatures checked and sanitize their hands.

People wore masks but ignored social distancing rules. Everyone had their temperature checked and had to sanitize their hands.

The platform is always full of people.

The platforms remained packed.

The train is also filled with urbanites, excited to experience the metro line in the capital city for the first time.

The trains were also packed.

A woman must sit on the ground with her daughter.

A woman with a child.

A passanger takes photos of herself with the train pass.

A passenger takes a selfie with a train pass.

According to the rules, passengers must not lean on the door, but many people ignore it.

Some passengers also ignored a rule about not leaning on the door.

Most passengers say the their rides are smooth, the trains are clean and spacious.

Most passengers said the ride was smooth and the train was spacious.

On its first day, the Cat Linh - Ha Dong route had 109 ride, serving nearly 26,000 passengers.Built by China Railway Sixth Group Co Ltd, the project took 10 years to complete with hurdles and conflicts delaying work several times.  Its cost increased by 57 percent from the original estimate to VND18 trillion ($868 million), with 77 percent of it coming from official Chinese development assistance loans.

Earlier, on the first day, nearly 26,000 people took the trains.
Built by China Railway Sixth Group Co Ltd, the project took 10 years to complete as multiple hurdles and conflicts delayed work.
Its cost increased by 57 percent from the original estimate to VND18 trillion ($868 million), with 77 percent coming from Chinese official development assistance loans.

 
 
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