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Da Nang eyes urban transport development

Update: September, 19/2013 - 08:56
Public tranport including a Bus Rapid Transport system will be one of the best ways to reduce traffic jams and pollution to meet Da Nang's green development targets by 2025. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam

DA NANG (VNS)— Da Nang's transport department has named Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and smart transport planning as a potential solution for meeting the city's green development targets by 2025.

Speaking at an urban transport seminar yesterday, Mai Dinh Khanh said the development would encourage a higher use of public transport for daily commutes.

"Public tranport will be one of the best ways to ease congestion and reduce pollution in a city experiencing rapid urbanisation," Khanh said.

With the bus system providing 92 vehicles servicing five major routes in the central city, only 1 per cent of the 2.5 million journeys made everyday were by public transport. Meanwhile, 80 per cent of daily commutes were by motorbike or individual vehicles.

"Da Nang has prioritised the development of infrastructure projects to meet the challenges of the city's rapid urbanisation and population increases," Khanh said.

"We plan to develop 11 routes serviced with 160 buses, of which 81 BRT will travel three major routes by 2015. We will provide high-quality 80-passenger BRT accredited with European Emission Standards 4 or 5," he said.

He added that the city had rolled out a sophisticated transport plan with a traffic light system, camera monitoring and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in cabs and buses.

The seminar, which was organised by the Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden, featured presentations from Swedish companies on energy saving and smart transport solutions.

Peter Risberg, sales manager of Swedish car maker, Scania, said BRT offered sustainable transport for the city.

"A bus system and smart solution will offer the highest mobility per dollar spent. Bus systems also generate higher average passenger capacity than a traditional bus operation," he said, adding that the BRT system should be built accessibly.

"We developed BRT in South Africa and it created a conflict of interests between taxi companies and buses. So, creating routes for bus system should be done carefully," he said.

Representatives from ABB Group, Volvo and Kapsch also offered energy efficient transport systems.

Anders Nordstrom from the ABB Group, said electric buses powered by renewable energy would help balance GDP growth with lower carbon emissions.

Johan Ahlberg from the Kapsch Group, said its electronic toll system had already been rolled out across cities in Viet Nam, including Da Nang City.

With a population of 900,000, Da Nang's current public transit system is not meeting the needs of local residents. If chosen, BRT routes aim to reduce carbon emissions as well as address overcrowding and traffic congestion.

The city also plans to build a metro, tramway, underground and sky train from 2020-30.

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


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