City buses million-plus residents home for Tet

Update: February, 06/2014 - 08:56
Nearly 400 buses were added in HCM City since early this year to meet increased travelling demand during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. Over one million people are estimated to have used buses to get to their native places during the festival. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

HCM CITY (VNS)— Bus stations in HCM City have transported over 1 million passengers back to their home towns during the Tet festival.

Mien Tay (Westbound) bus station, which serves the Mekong Delta, transported 444,000 passengers over the holiday and Mien Dong (Eastbound) bus station, which operates in the central and northern provinces ferried 415,000 customers.

"However, the number of people who use buses to return to their home town has decreased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent in comparison with the same period last year," Tran Van Phuong, deputy director of Mien Tay bus station said.

Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of Mien Dong bus station reported that on February 4, buses began transporting people from central and northern provinces back to HCM City.

At Binh Khanh ferry, the number of tourists coming to Can Gio has sharply decreased.

During peak hours, the Cat Lai ferry, transported 80,000 people from District 2, HCM City to Nhon Trach, Dong Nai province, however the number of cars dropped from 4,500 to 1,500 per day thanks to the new HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay highway.

According to the management board of the HCM City – Long Thanh - Dau Giay highway, on Monday, February 3 there were nearly 17,000 cars travelling on the highway, nearly double than on the first day of opening earlier this year.

The highway has decreased the journey time from HCM City to Vung Tau by an hour. The highway has also reduced the amount of traffic at Suoi Tien tourism park and Vung Tau – Bien Hoa intersection.

It is expected that the number of cars on the highway will increase when people return after their vacation. — VNS