In the first 13 days of the line’s commercial operation, nearly 297,000 passengers used the Cát Linh - Hà Đông Metro lIne free-of-charge. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Đức
HÀ NỘI — After 15 days of free travel, from November 21, passengers using the Cát Linh-Hà Đông metro line in Hà Nội will have to pay VNĐ8,000-15,000 (US$0.35-0.66) for a one-way ticket and VNĐ30,000 for a day pass.
A monthly pass for a passenger is priced at VNĐ200,000, with lower price schemes available for bulk purchases by companies or factories.
People who are eligible for free bus fares can also get free rides on the metro, including children under six years old, people with disabilities, the elderly, people with service to the revolution, and people from poor households.
With total investment of approximately US$868 million (up $315 million compared to initial estimates) and funded by China’s official development aid (ODA), the elevated line – the first of its kind in Việt Nam – was officially put into operation on November 6.
The line is more than 13km long and has 12 stations and 13 trains. Each train, with a designed speed of 80km per hour, has four carriages capable of carrying more than 900 passengers.
In the first six months of commercial operation of the metro line, trains will run from 5am to 11pm. Trains run every ten minutes and stop for 25-50 seconds at each station to pick up and drop off passengers.
According to Hà Nội Metro One Member Limited Company (Hanoi Metro), in the first 13 days of the line’s commercial operation, nearly 297,000 passengers used the line free-of-charge.
The trains currently operate from 5:30am to 10pm daily, exploiting the planned targets on turns, ensuring operational safety and COVID-19 prevention and control requirements.
According to Hanoi Metro's records, in the past 13 days, the number of train passengers on November 18 reached the highest level among weekdays. The line served about 16,000- 19,500 passengers daily on working days.
This week, from Monday to Thursday, the number of passengers each day has been higher than the previous day and all higher than the days of the previous week.
At 12 stations of the metro line, buses are available. Passengers can buy metro tickets at the 12 stations of the line. To get reduced fares, people need to present an identification document or confirmation from the management unit (students or workers in industrial parks). Tickets for a group of 30 people or more requires confirmation of the head of the unit. — VNS