HCMC – The Hanoi Department of Transport has proposed the municipal government allow buses, passenger coaches with more than 24 seats and rescue vehicles to travel on separate lanes for the bus rapid transit (BRT) system.
The municipal department proposed the traffic reorganization on the Yen Nghia Coach Station-Kim Ma BRT route, which is 14.77 kilometers long, to ease traffic congestion.
Besides, the proposal is aimed at ramping up the efficiency of the existing traffic infrastructure on the BRT line, the local media reported.
As the city’s first BRT line is part of a Hanoi urban traffic development project financed by the World Bank (WB), the municipal department also proposed the city work with the WB to reach a consensus for the adjustment of traffic.
Many sections of the route on which the BRT buses ply are facing severe traffic congestion, while others are blocked for traffic projects such as tunnels. Meanwhile, the number of vehicles on the streets is huge, according to the department.
In late December 2016, Hanoi City’s first BRT line was opened to traffic. The system, with a total cost of US$53.6 million, has 21 stops.