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Da Nang looks to ease congestion

Update: May, 09/2013 - 10:38

Illustrative image.—VNS File Photo

DA NANG (VNS)— The central city plans to develop five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes and 14 regular bus routes by 2020.

With a population of 900,000, Da Nang has outgrown its current public transit system, which has only 48 buses traveling along five routes.

Local people make 2.1 million journeys each day, of which 80 per cent are via motorbike, according to the city's transport department.

The new routes aim to reduce carbon emissions as well as overcrowding and traffic congestion.

Two major routes will link the city's downtown to local tourist destinations such as Hoi An Town in nearby Quang Nam Province.

Director of the city's transport department Dang Viet Dung said the city would upgrade its current bus routes in addition to launching new ones.

"We will provide high-quality 80-passenger BRT with four and five journeys each minute. These buses will meet European Emission Standards 4 or 5," Dung said.

"We will also arrange separate BRT routes along five main streets, although BRT routes will still be shared with other vehicles," he added.

The bus routes will operate 16 hours a day, from 5am to 9pm.

The city's chairman Van Huu Chien said the city would subsidise 40 per cent of the ticket price for students, as well as the disabled, elderly and those in financial need.

The new bus routes are part of the city's US$272.1 million sustainable development project, of which $202.4 million will be donated by the World Bank.— VNS

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