|One of the new bus stops that aim to attract more passengers. — Photo zing.vn |Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — New accessible bus stops for students and people with disabilities have been set up on Lê Quý Đôn Street in District 3, the online news outlet zing.vn reported.
The bus stops are equipped with real-time bus trackers, disabled access, cameras and modern lighting.
Local authorities also plan to construct barriers along the pavements of Võ Văn Tần and Lê Quý Đôn streets.
The efforts aim to protect pedestrians and encourage people to use public transport.
Earlier last month, HCM City’s Department of Transport asked the city’s People’s Committee to increase subsidies for bus cooperatives by VNĐ330 billion (US$14 million) each year due to a shortage of funds.
The city subsidises more than 1,300 buses, including 400 that serve workers and students.
Air pollution in HCM City is getting even more serious than the level of pollution emitted by industrial zones, so the use of environmentally-friendly buses, including two bus rapid-transit systems, is being promoted as a potential solution to cut greenhouse emissions.
By 2020, the city is forecast to have around ten million vehicles, including 800,000 cars. Most families in HCM City own at least one motorbike. — VNS