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First e-bus service launched in Ho Chi Minh City

First e-bus service launched in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, March 08, 2022, 16:36 GMT+7
First e-bus service launched in Ho Chi Minh City
An electric bus runs on a street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The pilot phase of the first-ever electric bus service in Ho Chi Minh City was launched on Tuesday morning.

Vinbus Ecology Transport Services Company, a subsidiary of Vietnamese private conglomerate Vingroup, organized a ceremony to put into operation its first e-bus route in the city.

The service is connected with the public transport system of the southern metropolis.

The e-bus route, numbered D4, starts at Vinhomes Grand Park in Thu Duc City and ends at Saigon Bus Station in District 1.

It runs through areas with high travel demand such as new urban areas, companies, factories, and the administrative center of Thu Duc City.

Passengers on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Passengers on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The service is operated from 5:00 am to 9:15 pm on a daily basis, with each trip starting every 20 minutes.

The fare is at VND7,000 (US$0.3) per passenger and VND3,000 ($0.13) per student.

Each bus has the capacity of 65 to 70 passengers.

A ceremony is organized to launch the electric bus service in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A ceremony is organized to launch the electric bus service in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities have been aiming to develop Ho Chi Minh City in a civilized, modern, and sustainable manner in recent years, Tran Quang Lam, director of the city’s Department of Transport said at the ceremony.

Developing a modern public transport network with electric bus routes is among the important tasks, Lam continued.

The pilot phase of this high-quality e-bus service will help create an advanced and eco-friendly public transport system, as well as to encourage local residents to limit the use of personal vehicles, the official stated.

The first passenger sits on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The first passenger sits on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Here are the detailed journeys of the D4 e-bus service:

Vinhome Grand Park - Nguyen Xien Street - Nguyen Van Tang Street - Le Van Viet Street - D2B Street - D2 Street - Vo Chi Cong Street - Mai Chi Tho Street - Dong Van Cong Street - Phan Van Dang Street - Truong Van Bang Street - Bat Nan Street - Tran Quy Kien Street - Mai Chi Tho Street - Saigon River Tunnel - Vo Van Kiet Street - Ky Con Street - Nguyen Cong Tru Street - Pasteur Street - Ham Nghi Street - Le Lai Street - Saigon Bus Station

Saigon Bus Station - Pham Ngu Lao Street - Yersin Street - Tran Hung Dao Street - Ham Nghi Street - Nguyen Thai Binh Street - Ky Con Street - Vo Van Kiet Street - Saigon River Tunnel - Mai Chi Tho Street - Tran Quy Kien Street - Bat Nan Street - Truong Van Ban Street - Phan Van Dang Street - Dong Van Cong Street - Mai Chi Tho Street - Vo Chi Cong Street - D2 Street - D2B Street - Le Van Viet Street - Nguyen Van Tang Street - Nguyen Xien Street - Vinhome Grand Park

Passengers get on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Passengers get on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Passengers on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Passengers on an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A resident poses for a photo with an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A resident poses for a photo with an electric bus in Ho Chi Minh City, March 8, 2022. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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