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Modern bus station on Ham Nghi Blvd put into operation

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Modern bus station on Ham Nghi Blvd put into operation

Anh Quan

Passengers sit next to an electronic bus information board at the new bus station on Ham Nghi Boulevard - PHOTO: TUOI TRE

HCMC – The HCMC Public Passenger Transport Management and Operation Center on December 28 put a new modern bus station on Ham Nghi Boulevard in District 1 into service.

The station, which serves 33 bus routes, is located near the city’s tourist attraction of Ben Thanh Market. It was built at a cost of more than VND8 billion (US$352,000) to replace Ben Thanh bus station which has been shut down to facilitate the construction of Metro Line No.1.

The station covers 5,600 square meters on the automobile lanes of the street, with four 48-meter-long terminals and eight six-meter-long terminals having separate areas for picking up and dropping off passengers.

The station also has two information boards with internet connection for passengers to search for bus schedules and daily news.

Besides, 12 electronic boards at the station will update information on bus routes, bus arrival times and distances to the nearest bus stop.

Waiting areas, pathways with handrails and four public toilets are all newly built. There are also separate lanes for the disabled.  There are also four public toilets for passengers running on solar energy.

Tran Chi Trung, director of the HCMC Public Passenger Transport Management and Operation Center, said the new and modern bus station will be connected with the underground Ben Thanh station of the under-construction Metro Line No.1 and water bus stations at Bach Dang Wharf.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the station, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport Tran Quang Lam said the design and building materials of the station were carefully selected.

The city will develop bus service websites to encourage people to use public transit instead of private vehicles, and build facilities for disabled people to travel by bus easily.

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