|The People's Committee of HCM City has submitted a proposal for the city's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. — Illustrative Image chinhphu.vn
HCMCITY (VNS) — The People's Committee of HCM City has submitted a proposal for the city's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
The project needs US$10.5 million from the World Bank to complete research on urban and traffic planning and management related to the BRT system.
The money would be financed through the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in the 2016-2020 period.
The system will include six routes.
The first route on Vo Van Kiet and Mai Chi Tho highways, linking Binh Tan District's An Lac intersection and District 2's Rach Chiec, will cover a distance of 20.5 kilometres. It will also have 28 bus stations.
The buses will use compressed natural gas (CNG), a clean fuel.
The first route is expected to serve more than 28,000 passengers a day, and be ready by early 2018.
The second route would be 24 kilometres in length on Nguyen Van Linh Street, linking Binh Chanh District and Phu My Bridge.
The 19-kilometre third route on Bell Road 2 will link An Suong Intersection to Binh Chanh District.
The remaining routes will link Tan Son Nhat-Binh Loi (14.5 km), Thoai Ngoc Hau-Nguyen Van Linh (8.7km), and along Quang Trung Street (8.5km).
The city's BRT system is part of a transport project by the Government worth $137.45 million, including $124 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans from the World Bank.
Under the project, BRT systems would be developed in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City. — VNS