Fare price proposed for Metro Line No. 1
HCMC – The consultant of Metro Line No.1 which connects Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Suoi Tien Park in District 9 has proposed setting the fare for the city’s first metro line at VND15,000 per person, said Hoang Nhu Cuong, deputy director of the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).
At a news conference held to provide updates on urban railway projects in the city, Cuong said a ticket price that helps maintain the operation of the line and encourage the public to use this public transit service would be considered. In addition, the fee for parking must be kept low and bus stops arranged in a convenient way to lure passengers.
HCMC Urban Railway Company will be in charge of weighing a fare price for the metro line, which the HCMC People’s Council and the People’s Committee would have a final say on, Cuong added.
Regarding the construction pace of the metro line, Le Nguyen Minh Quang, head of MAUR, said the project is slated to be up and running in 2020. When in place, there will be a parking lot for vehicles at each station.
Currently, all packages of Metro Line No.1 are being executed as contracted. Specifically, construction started on November 17 on package 1A to build the Ben Thanh underground station and 515 meters of underground track between Ben Thanh and Opera House stations. The central station may be ready at the end of 2020.
In addition, construction on an underground track between the Opera House and Ba Son stations had also begun, which is now 41% complete. A 17-kilometer elevated track along Hanoi Highway is also now 65% complete.