HCMC's first metro line delayed again

By Gia Minh   March 14, 2024 | 12:06 am PT
HCMC's first metro line delayed again
A train of HCMC's metro line No.1 is put on a test run in August 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The commercial operation schedule for Ho Chi Minh City's metro line No.1 has been pushed back yet again, to the fourth quarter this year, instead of July as the most previous plan said.

The HCMC's Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) said in a report sent to the People's Committee that the Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien line will have to go through a lot of work in the third quarter this year, including a thorough safety review, fire safety assessment and training of staff, including drivers, maintenance workers and station managers.

Therefore, the line is not ready to enter service in July, said MAUR, which manages all metro projects in the city.

It is expected that all work to inspect and access the line, which will run 19.7 km between District 1's Ben Thanh Market and Thu Duc City's Long Thanh Depot, will take until the fourth quarter this year to be finished.

Work on the first metro project in HCMC started in 2012 and has gone through various delays, and costs have risen to over VND43.7 trillion ($1.77 billion).

Vietnam currently has just one operational metro line, Cat Linh – Ha Dong in Hanoi.

The capital's second line, the Nhon-Hanoi Station, is scheduled to start operation on the elevated section in July.

HCMC metro trains make a test run with two trains crossing paths, February 2024. Video by VnExpress/Tuan Viet, Nguyen Diep

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