|Two new bus routes linking downtown Hà Nội with Quốc Oai, Chương Mỹ suburban districts officially launched. – Photo vietnamplus.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Hà Nội Transport Corporation (Transerco) this morning began operations of two new bus routes linking downtown Hà Nội with suburban districts.
They include bus route No. 87 starting from Mỹ Đình Coach Station in Cầu Giấy District, through Quốc Oai District, to Xuân Mai Town in Chương Mỹ District, and bus route No. 88 from Mỹ Đình station, through Hòa Lạc District, to Xuân Mai Town.
This is part of the city’s plan to extend bus services to suburban districts in the west and southwestern parts of Hà Nội, which still lack access to buses, with the aim of boosting socio-economic development in these rural areas while reducing traffic jams in the centre of the capital city.
Tickets cost VNĐ9,000 (40 US cents) per leg and the buses are scheduled to travel from 5am to 7.45pm every day.
Passengers can access free wi-fi on these buses. Transerco Deputy Director General Nguyễn Công Nhật said the new bus routes will help locals in rural areas have better access to bus services with high quality and low price. Until now, they primarily travelled by coaches.
As planned, the capital’s bus network will be extended to a large number of suburban districts, including Ba Vì, Quốc Oai, Mỹ Đức and Thạch Thất, between now and 2020.
Transerco will overhaul service quality, with some 2,000 bus stations being upgraded.
Room for bus service expansion in Hà Nội remains extensive, as it currently caters to only 15 per cent of local demand, which could increase to 50 per cent in the future. - VNS