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Bus ticket prices to increase 40%

Update: November, 13/2013 - 14:00
For those traveling under 25km, price will jump from VND5,000 to VND7,000 (US$0.3). Between 25-30km, prices will rise from VND6,000 to VND7,000, while for journeys over 30km, each ticket will cost VND8,000 ($0.35).—Photo hanoimoi

HANOI (VNS)— Bus ticket prices will increase by as much as 40 per cent from January 1, 2014, according to the Ha Noi Department of Transport.

For those traveling under 25km, price will jump from VND5,000 to VND7,000 (US$0.3). Between 25-30km, prices will rise from VND6,000 to VND7,000, while for journeys over 30km, each ticket will cost VND8,000 ($0.35).

Nguyen Hoang Linh, deputy head of the Department, said the price increase was intended to improve services and ease the pressure on the city to subdise bus operations.

According to Linh, the city is expected to provide 1,134 billion ($54 million) to subsidise bus operations this year.

The department admitted this increase would deter some people from taking the bus, but said it would work to raise awareness of the increase among people using public transportation, especially those travelling within a 5km journey. —VNS

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