Buses on a HCM City street. VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải HCM CITY— A new project to improve citizens’ access to public transport and limit the use of private vehicles is expected to improve the bus system in HCM City, according to the city Department of Transport. The project aims to meet 25 per cent of the residents’ travel demand by 2030, set up street lanes for buses, and improve bus service quality. In the 2021-2025 period, the city targets having the bus system connected with new urban areas, industrial parks, satellite urban areas and passenger transport routes. Current public transport meets only 6 per cent of local residents’ travel demand. In 2012, the city’s buses transported 305 million turns of passengers, but the number is expected to fall to 159 million this year. Many buses since 2017 have had to stop operation. As of July, the city had only 128 bus routes. Lê Trung Tính, former head of the department’s road transport management division, told Người lao động (Labourer) newspaper that lanes for buses and mini buses with fewer than 17 seats should be piloted. Dr Vũ Anh Tuấn, head of Transportation Research Centre at Việt Nam- German University, suggested that these lanes for buses should be on Võ Thị Sáu-Điện Biên Phủ, 3 Tháng 2- Kinh Dương Vương, Trường Chinh-Cộng… Read full this story
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