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HCMC moves long-haul bus routes to new station

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – All 79 inter-provincial routes, except those running through National Highway No.13 – Ho Chi Minh Road, will be moved from the old Mien Dong coach station in Binh Thanh District to the new station in Thu Duc City on October 11.

According to the HCMC Department of Transport, these 79 routes have nearly 1,700 vehicles, accounting for more than 50% of the total routes operating at the old Mien Dong coach station.

It is expected that the new station will have 100 long-haul operating routes to serve passengers on October 11. Previously, the station had 22 routes running from Quang Tri to the north of Vietnam.

The transportation entities shifted to the new station will not be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the old Mien Dong coach station in Binh Thanh District.

The Saigon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (Samco), the main investor of the station, and Mien Dong Station Co, ltd have been required to supervise their operations and ensure they comply with the regulations.

More ticket counters will be set up at the new station to meet the transport units’ requirements.

The new Mien Dong coach station, with an investment of over VND4 trillion, has been operating since October 2020. This large-scale and modern coach station is located in Thu Duc City and Di An City, Binh Duong Province, with an area of 16 hectares.

This station did not receive many passengers for two years of its operations as it is located over 20 kilometers from the city center and lacks bus routes connecting with the city.

In the first six months of 2022, the bus station only serves an average of 47 passengers daily.

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