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Trolleys could help ease City traffic congestion

Update: March, 06/2014 - 09:06
HCM CITY (VNS)— Electric trolleys could soon ease traffic congestion in HCM City.

The city's Transport Department submitted a pilot project to put 50 trolleys into service in the city centre to the municipal People's Committee last May. However, the People's Committee has not yet provided feedback on the project.

To ease congestion in the city, public transportation such as buses, trolleys and subways must account for at least 40 per cent of traffic, according to Associate Professor Nguyen Xuan Mai from HCM-based University of Science and Technology, who has studied urban transport for years.

"Currently, public transportation meets only seven per cent of demand by commuters. So we need to increase public transportation options to reduce traffic jams," Mai said.

The capacity and weight of trolleys are two times higher than those of diesel buses, but their electric engines make them more environmentally friendly.

"About 315 trolley systems are currently used in cities and towns of 45 countries around the world. Therefore, we could negotiate the price if we invest in this vehicle," said Trinh Van Chinh from the University of Transport, the head of the project. He added that trolleys would reduce the nearly 3,000 motorbikes that hit the road each day and modernise the city's public transport system.

Experts estimated that the system would cost about US$2,350 per kilometre, a quarter of total capital for the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. — VNS

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