If the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway ever begins operations, 15-20 per cent of drivers in Ha Noi will switch to using the train. — Photo vnexpress.net
HÀ NỘI — If the Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban railway ever begins operations, 15-20 per cent of drivers in Hà Nội will switch to using the train, according to the municipal transport department.
The elevated railway line was supposed to begin commercial operations three years ago and it is still unclear when it will open, but city officials are already preparing to integrate it into Hà Nội’s public transport system.
The department plans to increase the number of bus routes connected with Cát Linh-Hà Đông railway route from 43 to 50, with 65 bus stops along the route.
With this adjustment to the bus network, the Department of Transportation has said the amount of passengers on the route from Yên Nghĩa Bus Station - Ngã Tư Sở area will increase by three or four times compared to the current figure.
The bus system which connects with Cát Linh-Hà Đông railway route will be able to serve 313,000-344,000 passengers daily, according to the department.
Once the line opens, the number of taxis operating along its route is expected to decrease due to people taking buses to use the railway, cutting traffic congestion.
The railway is also hoped to shorten travel time on the route by half and cut overcrowding on buses.
However, the Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban railway project again missed a target for beginning commercial operation in late April and no new opening date has been set.
Transport Minister Nguyễn Văn Thể said the deadline was missed as the project had not been granted a safety certificate and been approved by the State Authority for Construction Quality Inspection.
The US$886 million-cost line runs 13.5km with 12 stations, with trains set to run every 3-5 minutes.
The transport ministry is the investor of the project but Hà Nội People’s Committee is responsible for managing, operating and maintaining the urban railway. The China Railway Sixth Group is the contractor of the project. VNS