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Ho Chi Minh City to connect 22 additional bus routes to metro line No. 1

Ho Chi Minh City to connect 22 additional bus routes to metro line No. 1

Wednesday, June 07, 2023, 19:38 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to connect 22 additional bus routes to metro line No. 1
Ho Chi Minh City will adjust bus routes along Hanoi Highway to facilitate residents to access the first metro line in the city. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport has announced the scheduled introduction of 22 additional bus routes providing connectivity for passengers to metro line No. 1 stations, alongside the current 11 bus routes.

Among the 22 bus routes, there are two routes linking neighboring Binh Duong Province, namely 61-9 (Cu Chi Coach Station – Di An – New Mien Dong Coach Station) and 61-10 (Ben Cat Coach Station – New Mien Dong Coach Station), and one passing through Dong Nai Province—60-9 (New Mien Dong Coach Station – Giang Dien Tourist Site).

The remaining 19 bus routes will connect bus stops on Ham Nghi Street in District 1, and near the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, Nong Lam (Agriculture-Forestry) University, Vincom Thu Duc, and Vinhomes Grand Park in Thu Duc City, among others.

The Ho Chi Minh City Management Center of Public Transport proposed developing 230 new bus stops close to schools, residential areas, industrial parks, and pedestrian bridges connecting elevated stations along the first metro line.

Bus routes will reach all 14 stations of the first metro line in the southern metropolis.

Of them, Ben Thanh Station in District 1 will connect 29 routes; Opera House Station, also in District 1, 14 routes; the station near the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc City, 12 routes; and Tan Cang Station in Binh Thanh District, 10 routes.

The city will also adjust existing bus routes along Hanoi Highway to facilitate residents' access to the metro line.

The Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways, the investor of the metro line, is building nine pedestrian bridges across Hanoi Highway to link elevated stations along the line.

In the future, passengers will find it convenient to travel between residential areas, trade centers, bus stops, and metro stations thanks to the systems of pedestrian bridges, bus stops, and walking streets.

The first metro line in Ho Chi Minh City, which is 19.7 kilometers long, runs from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City and carries an estimated price tag of VND43.7 trillion (US$1.9 billion), funded by Japan's ODA loans.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee adjusted the expected completion date for the project, which is now over 95 percent complete, to the end of this year, while Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh demanded that the construction of the metro line be finished by September 2, 2023.

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