The Ho Chi Minh City railway authorities will display the train cabin and passenger carriage model for the city’s first metro line project to pool public comments as from early March. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Urban Railway Management Board, the project’s investor, said that the agency will put the cabin and wagon simulator, which has been delivered to Vietnam from Japan, on display in District 9 for three months starting March. The display is aimed at collecting comments from viewers on the design, appearance, colors, and other features of the cabin and carriage belonging to the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line, the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, Cuong said.
The mock-up is part of bid package No. 3 of the metro line project, carried out by Japanese contractor Hitachi to procure electromechanical equipment, the cabin and wagons, the metro rail, and maintenance worth 39.4 billion Japanese yen (US$332.2 million).
Inside the metro cabin simulator. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Based on the feedback collected from the public about the model, the board will ask the manufacturer to make the cabin and passenger car at the board’s request, Cuong said. Commenting on the simulator, the board said its exterior shows a modern image of the first metro line of Ho Chi Minh City. Given Vietnam’s environmental conditions, the blue appearance creates a feeling of youthfulness, strength and comfort, the board said. Under Phase 1 of the metro line project, the train will have a cabin and two cars, with a total length of 61.5 meters, and operate on a 380 V three-phase electric engine. This train can accommodate 930 passengers and run at 110 kph on the overground section of the line and at 80 kph on the underground part of the route.
The passenger carriage model. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The metro line will be 19.7 km long, running from District 1 through Binh Thanh District, District 2, District 9 and Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City before reaching Di An Town in neighboring Binh Duong Province. It includes a 17.1 km aboveground part with 11 terminals and a 2.6 km underground section that has three stations. The travel time on the entire route is 30 minutes, the board said. Total investment in the project is estimated at 236.6 billion Japanese yen ($1.996 billion), which comes from loans from Japan and the city’s budget. The metro line, which broke ground in August 2012, is slated to be completed in 2019 and put into operation in 2020, when it can transport about 186,000 passengers per day, according to the board.
A similar metro system is under construction in Hanoi, with work beginning in 2010 and the first line scheduled to come on stream next year.