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Update: January, 14/2012 - 09:44

 

A bus picks up passengers in HCM City's District 1. The southern city wants to increase the number of bus passengers this year by 8.6 per cent to 593 million to reduce road accidents and congestion. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Transport hopes to increase the number of bus commuters by 8.6 per cent to 593 million this year in an effort to reduce accidents as well as traffic congestion.

Several projects that encourage residents to travel by bus instead of private vehicles are about to be launched, according to Tran Quang Phuong, director of the department.

Two plans, one for buses and the other for general transport until 2025, would address these issues, Phuong said at a meeting on Monday to discuss the department's missions this year.

At the meeting, the department asked the municipal People's Committee to approve its proposal to replace 1,680 old buses with new ones.

It also targets reducing the number of traffic accidents and traffic jams lasting for more than 30 minutes by 10 per cent for both.

Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee, asked the department to focus on the construction of Belt Road No 2, including a road connecting Phu My Bridge and Ha Noi Highway, and a road connecting Ha Noi Highway and National Highway 1A.

He said the completion of Belt Road No 2 would help significantly reduce traffic congestion in the inner city and city gateways.

Tin asked the department to rearrange traffic lanes for buses.

Ngo Thinh Duc, deputy minister of Transport, asked the city to work with the neighbouring provinces of Dong Nai and Long An to begin construction on the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway project.

The expressway would help vehicles travel directly from southwestern to southeastern provinces without transiting through HCM City, and would reduce traffic flows in the city. — VNS

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