Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line, which stretches from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to Suoi Tien Theme Park in Thu Duc City, will be put into commercial operation in July 2024.
The Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), the project’s investor, announced the opening date in its report recently sent to the municipal Department of Transport.
The city’s first metro line project is currently 96 percent complete, while its contractors and consulting units are speeding up the remaining components of the link.
All construction and equipment installation processes are scheduled to finish this year, while work on footbridge subprojects will be completed by June 2024.
Additionally, the processes of evaluating the safety of the metro line and training workers will be done by the end of the first half of 2024.
The metro link will begin commercial operations in July 2024 after an appraisal and inspection process.
The municipal People’s Committee in April decided to extend the project’s completion date to the end of 2023.
Work on the 19.7-kilometer-long metro line started in 2012 at a total cost of VND43.7 trillion (US$1.8 billion).
The line has 17 trains, each consisting of three cars and designed to run at up to 110 kilometers per hour above the ground and 80 kilometers per hour underground.
The first metro link in the southern metropolis embarked on a test run over the entire route for the first time in late August.