International conference spotlights sustainable transport solutions

The 12th International Conference of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) is set to take place in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong from July 18-21. (Source: easts2017.com)

HCM
City (VNA)
– The 12th International Conference of the Eastern Asia
Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS) is set to take place in Ho Chi Minh
City and Binh Duong from July 18-21.

Themed
“Safe, Green and Integrated Transport”, the conference is expected to gather some
600 experts, with discussions focusing on pavement maintenance, public
transport, traffic management and parking regulations, among other topics.

Some
specific issues in Vietnam, such as traffic jam in urban areas, environmental
pollution, and traffic accidents would also be tabled.

At
a press conference on the conference held on July 18, Vo Khanh Hung, deputy
head of the Ho Chi Minh Transport Department, the business hub is facing
traffic congestion and pollution, and is looking for solutions and technologies
from experienced EASTS member countries.

The
department would present four topics at the conference – the management of
private vehicles in line with urban development planning, global trend of smart
traffic, traffic safety enhancement for vulnerable vehicles, and overhauling
public transport system.

Tran
Ba Luan, vice director of the Binh Duong Transport Department, the southern
province is home to 2 million people, half of whom are migrants.

The
entire province recorded about 1 million motorbikes and over 100,000 cars, not
to mention a flow of vehicles from other localities travelling through Binh
Duong to reach the Mekong Delta on a daily basis. As such, traffic jam has
become a pressing issue.

Binh
Duong hopes to learn about the management of the transport infrastructure
system via the conference to come up with feasible policies in the future, Luan
noted.

EASTS
was founded in 1994 as an umbrella organisation of transportation science
societies in East Asia. It has 19 members across the region.-VNA



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