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River bus route in service next month

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River bus route in service next month

Le Anh

Boats are seen in a river in HCMC. The first river bus route in HCMC linking Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 and Linh Dong Ward in Thu Duc District will be up and running next month - PHOTO: ANH QUAN

HCMC – The first river bus route in HCMC linking Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 and Linh Dong Ward in Thu Duc District will be up and running next month, said Tran Quang Lam, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport.

Speaking at a meeting on June 15, Lam said the 11-kilometer route with seven stations would be test operated late this month. The Saigon River bus service will start at Bach Dang Wharf, pass through districts 1, 2, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc and Thanh Da Canal, and end in Binh Quoi River.

The second route, which is 10.3 kilometers long from Bach Dang Wharf to Lo Gom Port, will be put into service in Ben Nghe and Tau Hu canals in early 2018, and pass through districts 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.

HCMC People's Committee Office chief Vo Van Hoan said that parking lot construction had caused some delays in commissioning the two river bus routes.

The two river bus routes were originally planned to be operational in June and September respectively with a tentative fare price of VND15,000 (US$0.66) per trip.

Thuong Nhat Co Ltd, the investor of the project, plans to use 10 boats that can accommodate 60 passengers each. The two routes are expected to transport 5,000 passengers a day with a traveling time of about 30 minutes per trip.

The river bus service is expected to help ease road traffic congestion in the city.

 

 

 

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