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Rapid bus line to break ground in HCMC in 2016

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 15:03 GMT+7

A US$155.8 million project to build six rapid bus transit (BRT) lines in Ho Chi Minh City has been launched, with the first of them to be made available in 2018, the city traffic works agency said.>> Vietnam premier orders probe into bus crash that killed 12 >> Advertising on buses in Vietnam will benefit: expert

A US$155.8 million project to build six rapid bus transit (BRT) lines in Ho Chi Minh City has been launched, with the first of them to be made available in 2018, the city traffic works agency said. The project, titled “HCMC Green Traffic – Ideas and Basic Designs,” was introduced at a seminar held on Tuesday by the HCMC Urban Civil Works Construction Investment Management Authority (UCCI). According to the project’s schedule, the first line will break ground in early 2016 and is expected to be completed in two years, said Luong Minh Phuc, head of the UCCI. The BRT line No. 1 will see its routes running along the Mai Chi Tho and Vo Van Kiet Avenues, with a total length of 23.5 km.  It will start from the An Lac roundabout in Binh Chanh District and run through six other districts – District 1, 5, 6 and 8, and Binh Tan and Binh Chanh Districts –  before ending in the T-junction Cat Lai in District 2.  The route will have 32 stations and a technical logistic center, Phuc said. The first BRT line is expected to cost US$155.8 million, of which $142.5 million will come from the ODA source of the World Bank and the rest will be covered by the State budget.   Upon completion in late 2018, the line will be able to serve 31,600 passengers per day, he said, adding that its capacity will be raised to 86,250 passengers per day in 2030. Buses on the line will run on compressed natural gas (CNG), making them friendly to the environment, UCCI said.

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