|The southern province of Bình Dương has proposed developing a rapid bus link with HCM City’s first metro line. — Photo tuoitre.vn|
HCM CITY — The southern province of Bình Dương has proposed developing a rapid bus link with HCM City’s first metro line.
The bus route would begin at Bình Dương New City and end at Suối Tiên metro station.
The project requires an investment of VNĐ1.8 trillion (US$82 million), to be provided by Japan’s Official Development Assistance, according to the proposal submited by the province’s Transport Department and People’s Committee to the Prime Minister.
If approved, the project would be implemented in 2019 when the Bến Thành-Suối Tiên metro line is expected to be completed.
The bus system would enhance connectivity in the southeastern region and expand the metro line’s reach from HCM City to Bình Dương Province (via the Suối Tiên metro station).
The HCM City Metro project is managed by the city’s Management Authority for Urban Railways under the chairman of the city’s People’s Committee.
The project was first proposed in 2001 as part of a comprehensive public transport network plan including HCM City and neighbouring provinces, with the aim of avoiding traffic congestion.
It includes three monorail lines with a total length of 37km and six underground metro routes of 107km, including routes Bến Thành-Suối Tiên, Bến Thành-Tham Lương and Bến Thành-Bình Tân, among others.
Under the plan, Bến Thành would be the central station connecting the routes. Suối Tiên would be the point linking eastern parts of the city and neighbouring provinces.
Suối Tiên station is expected to receive around 147,000 passengers per day.
Begun in 2012, the first Bến Thành-Suối Tiên metro and its underground stations located near the city’s Opera House and Bến Thành Market in District 1 are expected to be completed by 2019. — VNS