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Bus fares go on a holiday hike

Update: April, 12/2014 - 09:26
HCM City's bus stations have announced a 40 per cent hike in inter-provincial bus fares during the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1) holidays.— Photo hanoimoi

HCM CITY (VNS)  — HCM City's bus stations have announced a 40 per cent hike in inter-provincial bus fares during the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1) holidays.

Le Cong Tam, an official at the Mien Tay (West) bus station, said the number of passengers travelling on these days from HCM City to most of the Mekong Delta provinces is likely to increase significantly.

The bus station is set to operate extra buses to meet the rush during the holidays, which will last five days this year.

Ticket prices will be hiked from April 29 to May 1.

Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Mien Dong (East) bus station, said the number of passengers travelling to the south-eastern, Central Highlands, central, and northern regions during the holidays is expected to increase to 40,000 a day from around 18,000 on normal days.

The increase in fares is aimed at making up for lost revenues when coaches return from their trips with few passenger, he said.

Because of the surge in demand and, thus, traffic during the holidays, the East station has urged the Department of Transport to co-ordinate with competent agencies to regulate traffic on main routes and urban areas to prevent traffic jams, he added.

It has also urged authorities to penalise bus operators who illegally pick up passengers on National Highway No. 13 and Ha Noi Highway. — VNS

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