HCM City to launch river bus route

HCM
City (VNA)
– HCM City expects to launch the first river bus route as
soon as early July, connecting the Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 with Thu Duc
District, according to the municipal Department of Transport.

The
department said it had signed a BOO contract (Build-Own-Operate) with Thuong
Nhat Co., Ltd to build two river bus routes for inland waterway transport.

The
first route is about 11 kilometres long running along Saigon River and Thanh Da
Canal and ends at Binh Quoi River in Thu Duc district.

It
will have seven passenger stations running through districts 1, 2, Binh Thanh and
Thu Duc.

Nguyen
Kim Toan, the investment company’s director, said the first river-bus route
would be completed at the end of June and open in early July.

The
second river bus route, 10.3km long, is expected to launch in September. It
runs from Bach Dang Wharf along the Saigon River, crossing Ben Nghe and Tau Hu canals,
through districts 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8, he said.

In
the first stage of the project, 10 boats with a capacity of at least 60
passengers each will be equipped modern, safe and comfortable devices.

The
two services are expected to transfer about 5,000 passengers daily with an
estimated fare of 15,000 VND (70 US cents) per ride.

Experts
said that a network between waterways and roads was needed to reduce serious
traffic pressure.

The
city should build bus-road routes, bus-road stations and parking lots to serve
passengers at each river-bus stop, they said.

The
municipal People’s Committee also approved a project to build two more
river-bus routes, from Bach Dang Wharf to District 7, with one ending at Mui
Den Do and another ending in Phu My Hung area.

The
city has 112 waterways routes on canals and rivers, totaling about 1,000 kilometres
long. -VNA



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