Passengers ditch motorbikes for Hanoi metro line

By Doan Loan   May 26, 2024 | 05:19 pm PT
Passengers ditch motorbikes for Hanoi metro line
The Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Pham Chieu
Some 60% of passengers on Hanoi's Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line, Vietnam's first and only, reported that they use the rail instead of riding motorbikes, while 18% said they ride it instead of using cars.

Vu Hong Truong, general director of Hanoi Metro, announced the statistics last week, saying that after three years of operation, the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line has served around 35,000 passengers a day. Some 47% of them are commuters to work and 45% are commuters to school, he added.

The rate of frequent passengers who use monthly passes to use the metro has reached 70%. In the early days of the metro, people used to access stations using personal vehicles, but now many of them are willing to use buses or travel on foot to get to the stations.

Truong said for every one million travels using personal vehicles, switching to a metro line helps save 487,000 hours on the road and reduce emission gases by 100 tons in total.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line spans 13 km with 12 stations. It takes 23 minutes for a train to go from the beginning to the end of the line. Ticket prices for the line range between VND8,000-15,000 (31-59 cents). A day pass costs VND30,000, while a monthly pass costs between VND100,000-200,000.

Last year, the line transported 10.7 million passengers, an increase of 31% compared to 2022.

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