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Transport firms add routes before Tết

Update: December, 07/2016 - 09:00
The number of passengers at Miền Đông Bus Station is expected to increase by 3 per cent during the Lunar New Year compared to last year’s holiday. VNS Photo Nam Đàn
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Transport firms in HCM City have begun to add more buses to meet demand during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, which begins in late January.

The number of passengers travelling from Miền Đông Bus Station is expected to increase by 3 per cent during the holiday compared to last year, to 56,000 on a peak day, a representative of the station said.

To ensure better service during the Lunar New Year holiday, Miền Đông Bus Station has ensured that buses will be parked in an orderly fashion and they will pick up and drop off passengers in an organised manner.

The bus station has worked with local police and police inspectors to resolve the problem of illegal and counterfeit buses operating outside or near the bus station during the holiday.

Some bus companies operating at Miền Đông Bus Station have begun to sell tickets for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Phúc Thuận Thảo Company said that tickets for Tết began selling in late November.

An Thiên Phúc Company said tickets for the holiday, with surcharges from HCM City to Tuy Hoà, Quy Nhơn and Đà Nẵng, would be priced between VNĐ320,000 and 575,000 (US$15-25) , effective from January 9 to 27.

Đỗ Văn Quang, director of the Sài Gòn Railway Transport Joint-Stock Company, said the Sài Gòn Railway Station had upgraded several high-quality carriages to serve passengers during the holiday.

The railway station began selling a total of 17,500 train tickets for the holiday on November 10.

To meet the demand for goods transport, the Sài Gòn Railway Station will also run trains carrying goods between Hà Nội and HCM City during the Lunar New Year.

The trains will depart from Giáp Bát Railway Station (close to Hà Nội) and Sóng Thần Railway Station (close to HCM City) to prevent congestion at the Hà Nội and HCM City railway stations.

According to the Public Transport Operation and Management Centre, the centre will add 1,048 bus trips on 17 bus routes and reduce the number of bus trips to 844 on other less busy bus routes during the New Year.

The Miền Tây (Western) Bus Station will add 25 buses on Friday afternoon (Dec 30) and Saturday morning (Dec 31) to serve passengers who want to travel to the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces. — VNS     

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