|The new Miền Đông bus station is located in Thủ Đức City. Photo thanhnien.vn|
HCM CITY — Two buses have been allocated to transfer passengers from the old Miền Đông (Eastern) bus station in Bình Thạnh District to the new Miền Đông bus station in Thủ Đức City for free.
Starting from October 22, these two B60 buses with 60 seats each run a total of 12 trips per day to transfer passengers between the two stations for free.
According to a representative of the management board of the new Miền Đông bus station, the station hosts 2,000 to more than 3,000 passengers every day and has taken the initiative to attract more travellers.
"We constantly review traveler feedback to add more buses if necessary and upgrade the transport infrastructure accordingly," he said.
Earlier, HCM City officially relocated another 79 intercity bus routes to the new Miền Đông bus station in Thủ Đức City.
To ensure a smoother flow, the HCM City Public Transport Management Center organises five subsidised bus routes and four unsubsidised bus routes connecting to the new bus station.
Subsidised bus routes include bus route 55 (Quang Trung Software Park - High-tech Park - New Miền Đông bus station), bus route 56 (Chợ Lớn Bus Station - University of Transport in Thủ Đức City - Miền Đông bus station), bus route 76 (Long Phước - Suối Tiên - Miền Đông bus station), bus route number 93 (Bến Thành - Miền Đông bus station) and bus route 150 (Chợ Lớn bus station - Tân Vạn junction).
The four unsubsidised bus routes are route 60-1 (Miền Tây bus station - Biên Hoà bus station), bus route 60-2 (University of Agriculture and Forestry University - Phú Túc bus station), bus route 60-3 (Miền Đông bus station - Nhơn Trạch Industrial Park) and bus route 60-4 (Miền Đông bus station - Sông Mây Industrial Park).
Many passengers have complained that the scale of the connecting bus system is too small and that it is crucial to arrange more bus routes from the old to the new bus station for a smoother commute. — VNS