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HCMC’s first metro line likely to connect to neighboring provinces
Le Anh
Tuesday,  Jan 26, 2016,20:26 (GMT+7)

HCMC’s first metro line likely to connect to neighboring provinces

Le Anh

By Le Anh - The Saigon Times Daily

The elevated track of Metro Line No. 1 is under construction. The city’s first metro line may connect to Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai Province and Binh Duong New City in Binh Duong Province - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC - The first metro line of HCMC may connect to Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai Province and Binh Duong New City in Binh Duong Province.

The Ministry of Transport said Dong Nai Province’s proposal is that Metro Line No. 1 designed to run from downtown HCMC to Suoi Tien Park in District 9 should be lengthened by 4.7 kilometers to Vung Tau Roundabout in Bien Hoa City.

Dong Nai explained that it is located near HCMC’s eastern gateway with dense traffic and that it has 29 industrial zones so many factory workers shuttle between the province and the city.

According to HCMC’s master zoning plan for transport development until 2020 with a vision afterward approved by the Government in Decision No. 568/QD-TTg, the city will have eight metro lines, which will  connect to cities and towns such as Thu Dau Mot, Bien Hoa, and Tan An. There is a plan to extend the city’s first metro line to Sat Market in Bien Hoa City.

The province has much ready land for construction of urban railways going through Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone and stations.

Dong Nai said the extension of Metro Line No. 1 would help reduce private vehicles entering HCMC and ease congestion at the city’s eastern gateway.

Currently, Binh Duong Province also plans a metro section connecting Binh Duong New City and Metro Line No. 1 at Suoi Tien Park in HCMC’s District 9.

Metro Line No. 1 comprises underground and elevated tracks. The 17-kilometer overhead section from Ba Son Shipyard to Long Binh in District 9 is scheduled to be completed in the middle of 2017 and put into service in 2018. The whole metro line will come online in 2020.

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