|A Hai Au inner-city bus picks up passengers in Hai Phong City. About five buses, with a capacity of carrying 40 people each, will take turns to run every 15 minutes from 5am to 8.30pm every day to meet the travel requirements of residents and tourists and ease traffic congestion during rush hour. — Photo vov.vn
HAI PHONG (VNS) — The northern Hai Phong City's traffic department and Hai Au bus company have launched a bus route to meet the people's travel requirements and ease traffic congestion during rush hour.
About five buses, with a capacity of carrying 40 people each, will take turns to run every 15 minutes from 5am to 8.30pm every day from May To crossroad to So Dau T-junction via Thuong Ly bus station, and vice versa. Several schools and markets are located on these streets, and traffic jams occur regularly.
Travel on the buses is free from October 8, 2015, to January 8 next year. From January 9, 2016, the fare will be VND10,000 (US$0.5).
"With the motto of being ‘civilised, convenient, safe and saving', the inner city bus route has been put into operation to serve the travel requirements of residents in a quick and convenient way," Pham Quang Van, executive director of Hai Au bus company, said.
Some large Vietnamese cities such as Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City have set up well-developed bus transportation systems.
Learning from the examples set by other cities and with support from local authorities, Hai Au bus is the first unit to operate this bus route in Hai Phong City.
"Despite some difficulties, our company will step up efforts to collaborate with local authorities to create a new culture for Hai Phong residents when they travel around the city," Van said. — VNS