Hanoi official wants new paint job for taxis to ‘modernize’ city

VietNamNet Bridge – Major changes in the bus routes from the capital are to go into effect on January 2, said the deputy director of the city’s Transport Department, Ha Huy Quang. The changes are intended to reduce congestion. Major changes in the bus routes from the capital are to go into effect on January 2, said the deputy director of the city’s Transport Department, Ha Huy Quang. The changes are intended to reduce congestion. — Photo benxemydinh.com Bus routes departing from Ha Noi to the provinces of Dak Lak, Gia Lai in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands), Ha Tinh, Nghe An in the central region, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa and Ninh Binh in the north, will move to Nuoc Ngam Station in the south of the city. Currently, buses leave from six different stations - My Dinh, Gia Lam, Yen Nghia, Son Tay, Troi and Phung. Bus routes linking the city with northern provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang. Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Quang Nam, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Phuc, and Yen Bai will be shifted to My Dinh Station. Routes linking the city with the provinces of Ba Ria Vung Tau in the south, Kon Tum and Dak Nong in the Central Highland, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa in the north will be transferred from crowed stations in My Dinh, Giap Bat and Nuoc Ngam to Yen Nghia Station. Passengers to the northern provinces of Ha Nam, Hai Duong,…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The Hanoi police are applying numerous measures to ease traffic congestion in the City as Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) is coming. The amount of traffic in Hanoi usually increases dramatically two months prior to Tet, the city’s police said. On some days the number of vehicles on the city’s roads increases by 200 percent, as people travel to the shops in preparation for Lunar New Year. Traffic congestion can happen anytime, anywhere on the city’s streets, even in early morning on the major routes of Pham Van Dong–Pham Hung, Phap Van–Giai Phong, Au Co–Yen Phu, according to the city’s Department of Transport. Even though the number of traffic hotspots had reduced from 44 last year to 35 this year, traffic congestion is likely to happen on several other new spots, the department said. Heavy traffic on Thai Ha Street at rush hour Traffic congestion had even begun to occur on previously clear streets, such as Xa Dan, Hoang Cau, Kim Ma, Tran Phu and the new Kim Lien stretch, even though the police had deployed the maximum number of traffic police officers to direct traffic. The same situation happened on the streets of Truong Chinh, Chua Boc, Nguyen Luong Bang, Thai Ha, Hoang Hoa Tham despite the addition of 15 allied troops, which consist of traffic police, mobile police and criminal police to ease traffic congestion. Overloaded traffic infrastructure and low awareness amongst drivers are the two main causes of traffic congestion, according to Ha Huy…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi police are applying a range of measures to ease traffic congestion in the city as Tet (Lunar New Year) draws near. The amount of traffic in Hanoi usually increases dramatically two months prior to Tet, the city’s police said. On some days the number of vehicles on the city’s roads increases by 200 percent, as people travel to the shops in preparation for Lunar New Year. Traffic congestion can happen anytime, anywhere on the city’s streets, even in early morning on the major routes of Pham Van Dong–Pham Hung, Phap Van–Giai Phong, Au Co–Yen Phu, according to the city’s Department of Transport. Even though the number of traffic hotspots had reduced from 44 last year to 35 this year, traffic congestion is likely to happen on several other new spots, the department said. Traffic congestion had even begun to occur on previously clear streets, such as Xa Dan, Hoang Cau, Kim Ma, Tran Phu and the new Kim Lien stretch, even though the police had deployed the maximum number of traffic police officers to direct traffic. The same situation happened on the streets of Truong Chinh, Chua Boc, Nguyen Luong Bang, Thai Ha, Hoang Hoa Tham despite the addition of 15 allied troops, which consist of traffic police, mobile police and criminal police to ease traffic congestion. Overloaded traffic infrastructure and low awareness amongst drivers are the two main causes of traffic congestion, according to Ha Huy Quang, deputy director of the city’s police department.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi police are applying a range of measures to ease traffic congestion in the city as Tet (Lunar New Year) draws near. Heavy traffic is shown on Giai Phong street in Hoang Mai District in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo The amount of traffic in Ha Noi usually increases dramatically two months prior to Tet, the city’s police said. On some days the number of vehicles on the city’s roads increases by 200 per cent, as people travel to the shops in preparation for Lunar New Year. Traffic congestion can happen anytime, anywhere on the city’s streets, even in early morning on the major routes of Pham Van Dong–Pham Hung, Phap Van–Giai Phong, Au Co–Yen Phu, according to the city’s Department of Transport. Even though the number of traffic hotspots had reduced from 44 last year to 35 this year, traffic congestion is likely to happen on several other new spots, the department said. Traffic congestion had even begun to occur on previously clear streets, such as Xa Dan, Hoang Cau, Kim Ma, Tran Phu and the new Kim Lien stretch, even though the police had deployed the maximum number of traffic police officers to direct traffic. The same situation happened on the streets of Truong Chinh, Chua Boc, Nguyen Luong Bang, Thai Ha, Hoang Hoa Tham despite the addition of 15 allied troops, which consist of traffic police, mobile police and criminal police to ease traffic congestion. Overloaded traffic infrastructure and low awareness amongst…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi Transport Department will operate the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot route from December 15, department deputy director Ha Huy Quang told local media on Tuesday, Nov 29. The first BRT system in Ha Noi will run next month. — Photo: VNA/VNS The BRT route, covering 14.7 km, will begin at the Kim Ma Station in Ba Dinh District up till the Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District. It will run through Giang Vo, Lang Ha, Le Van Luong and Le Trong Tan, as well as Tran Phu and Ba La streets. Some 21 bus stops have been built on the 14.7 km route, with a bus departing every five minutes and each carrying up to 90 passengers. Each bus is equipped with GPS system connected with a centre assisting in resolving incidents. It will take an estimated 30 minutes to travel the entire route, as opposed to the current one hour or more. The cost of the project is set at VND1.1 trillion (US$53.6 million) and is being financed through World Bank loans. Ha Noi Transport and Services Corporation (Transerco) has set up a BRT enterprise, which specialises in operating the bus route, Quang said, adding that the BRT route will be prioritised in terms of traffic lights and lanes. Cars and taxis are restricted from entering the priority lanes for BRT buses. However, there are not separate lanes, only priority ones for BRT buses, therefore the bus model in Ha Noi is…... [read more]

Free internet connection will soon be available on every bus in Hanoi as the city is trying to make public transport more appealing in an attempt to curb traffic congestion. Hanoi Transport & Services Corporation (Transerco), the state-run bus operator of the capital city, has completed installing devices to provide free Wi-Fi on the first 200 buses. Internet will cover the whole bus network by the second quarter next year. According to Transerco’s report, in the first 10 months, the number of bus riders in the city reached 270 million, down 10 percent from the same period last year. It is expected to hit 328 million for the whole year. To attract more passengers, Transerco is planning to upgrade over 300 bus stops with shelters in 2017 and build 525 new ones in 2018. “We are trying to make sure that residents don't have to walk more than 300-500 meters to catch a bus," said Ha Huy Quang, deputy director of Hanoi Transport Department. He said 60 new routes will be added by 2020. Hanoi has some 1,000 buses that transport about 500 million passengers each year, equivalent to 15 percent of the total travel demand. The number of passengers has dwindled down over the past few years due to a rise in personal vehicles. The city is also building a metro rail system which it hopes can help reduce the number of motorbikes and cars on the streets. Related news: > Hanoi to install free wi-fi hotspots around Hoan…... [read more]

Deputy Director of Hanoi's Transport Department Ha Huy Quang said that the city will put its first bus rapid transit route into operation on December 15 this year. The 90-passenger capacity buses run on the route which has 21 bus stops. Started in early 2013, the Kim Ma-Yen Nghia bus rapid transit route was initially scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2015. However, due to the slow pace of preparations, the opening of the route was delayed until next month. The Hanoi Transport Department will consider restricting taxi and cars on the route and installing priority traffic lights for the bus. This is part of Hanoi's project to develop a network of eight bus rapid transit routes by 2030. The project has a total investment of USD55 million with the majority sourced from the World Bank. Hanoi Transport and Services Corporation set up a unit which specialises in operating this first bus rapid transit route. Dtinews... [read more]

Rising odor, air pollution terrorize HCM City residents People in Ho Chi Minh City live in an increasingly polluted environment, exposing themselves to a variety of respiratory diseases and other health risks. Odor and air pollution in the southern hub have worsened on a daily basis, threatening the lives and well-being of local residents. The University Medical Center Ho Chi Minh City has reported a rising number of patients with respiratory illnesses arising from their regular exposure to contamination in the city. N.C.T., 43, living in District 2, was diagnosed with edema and nasal mucosa congestion resulting from the negative effects of dust and vehicle exhaust. According to the patient, the road in front of her house was under renovation about a month ago, creating a large volume of smoke and dust. Another victim, 60-year-old Pham Thi Lan from Da Phuoc Commune, Binh Chanh District, said the stink released from the Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex, about 150 meters from her house, has given her chronic headaches. Lan and her son have lived with the smell for years, at times less disturbing than at others, the woman stated, saying that they had to wear gauze masks even while sleeping at night. A large number of residents in the southern region have also reported the negative impact of the stench on their lives. According to doctors, those who live around such levels of pollution often experience insomnia and mental stress, followed by a series of illnesses. People breathing in a considerable…... [read more]

The ban would be impossible to implement due mainly to undeveloped and insufficient public transport in Hanoi. Hanoi's plan to remove motorbikes from the streets of the city in the next four or five years is hardly feasible, said Nguyen Van Thach, head of the Traffic Safety Department under the Transport Ministry. He said the ban would be impossible to implement due mainly to undeveloped and insufficient public transport in Hanoi. “If the city manages to put four to five urban monorail routes into operation by 2020 then we can talk about reducing the use of private transport,” said Thach. He pointed to the fact that metro projects and monorail routes have faced years of delays. “The construction is progressing slowly so the ban [on private vehicles] is impossible,” said the senior traffic official. Fast-economic growth has shaped Hanoi into a city of motorbikes. Currently there are more than 5 million motorized two-wheelers on Hanoi’s roads, and the number of new vehicles is on the rise, putting mounting pressure on the city’s transport infrastructure. Statistics show around 19,000 new vehicles are registered in the city each month, and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 6 million motorbikes on the streets of the capital. Motorbikes are deeply integral to all aspects of everyday life in the city. In Hanoi, nearly everyone has a motorbike to travel around the tiny streets and alleys. According to the World Bank, motorbikes play an important role in making Hanoians’ commute…... [read more]

The rise of cars in Vietnam’s capital has exacerbated congestion issues on the streets. Photo by Reuters/ Nguyen Huy Kham Transport authorities in Hanoi have unveiled a three-step plan aimed at removing all motorbikes from the city's streets. Transport authorities in Hanoi have unveiled a three-step plan aimed at removing all motorbikes from the city's streets, initially in the central downtown area during peak hours, and later from suburban streets. The city’s transport officials were quoted by the media as saying that there will also be a ban on non-residential vehicles driving on some main roads and in downtown areas, but this has met with opposition. “When there is a motorbike ban in Hanoi, it will be an outright ban," said Ha Huy Quang, deputy head of Hanoi's Transport Department, adding that the plan is still on the table for further consideration. "There will be no discrimination between Hanoi locals and non-residents.” Opponents of the plan to remove motorbikes from the streets said the ban was currently unfeasible due mainly to undeveloped public transport in Hanoi. Quang responded by saying that while motorcycles are being phased out, the city promises to improve public transport and infrastructure. Hanoi will not restrict or ban the use of private vehicles until it can clear hurdles such as underdeveloped infrastructure, limited street space and insufficient public transport, Quang said. Nguyen Van Thanh, chairman of the Car Transport Association, is among those in favor of the ban. Thanh said traffic congestion in Hanoi has become…... [read more]