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WB specialist believes in first BRT route’s effects in Hanoi

by PV19 December 2016 Last updated at 13:00 PM

The first BRT route map in Hanoi
The first BRT route map in Hanoi

VTV.vn -The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route in Hanoi, scheduled to officially begin operating next year, will prove effective in meeting local commuters’ demand and easing traffic congestion, said a representative from the World Bank (WB) Vietnam

 

Jung Eun Oh, senior transport economist at WB Vietnam, voiced on December 19 her belief in the 14.77-km route that connects the Kim Ma and Yen Nghia bus terminals.

She said traffic congestion is now a serious problem in Hanoi and it cannot be solved easily amid the rapid growth in the quantity of personal vehicles in the city.

A solution in big cities around the world is to develop public transport networks. The first BRT route will have a better effect in the next few years when it is connected with other BRT routes, overhead railways and the metro, she noted.

Public support is needed for this route to succeed, she added, asking relevant agencies to listen to people’s feedback to improve the service.

Vu Ha—Director of the management unit of the Hanoi urban transport development project—said the rapid buses will run on bus-only lanes but still move on mixed lanes with other vehicles in some stretches. Hanoi’s Department of Transport has devised plans to limit other vehicles such as taxis, cars and trucks along the route.

A one-way ticket will cost VND7,000 (US$0.30), equivalent to the fare of normal buses. Commuters will be able to try the rapid bus free of charge for one month in January.

The municipal Department of Transport admitted a big challenge facing this route—heavy traffic with several congestion hotspots. This is also a big concern among city-dwellers.

It is necessary to thoroughly prepare infrastructure for BRT buses to ensure their quality and travel time, the department said.

The Kim Ma–Yen Nghia BRT project has a total investment of more than VND1.1 trillion (US$48.3 million) loaned by the WB. Started in 2013, the route was initially expected to operate in Q2 of 2015 but lagged behind schedule for two years.

With the first BRT buses in Hanoi running in 2017, Vietnam will be the eighth country in Southeast Asia to implement BRT.

 

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