After a month of implementation, Sài Gòn river buses carry just some 1,000 passengers a day, too little to be considered an alternative to reduce traffic congestion as was expected.
Poor waterway infrastructure and lack of wharves as well as stopover stations are major obstacles preventing the full development of waterway tourism in HCM City, according to river transport and tourism companies.
Thường Nhật Co. Ltd. on Monday started the first public river bus route in HCM City.
HCM City expects to launch the first river bus route as soon as early July, connecting the Bạch Đằng Wharf in District 1 with Thủ Đức District, according to the city’s Department of Transport.
HCM City People’s Committee has called on departments of transport, natural resources and environment and district-level People’s Committees to facilitate the city’s first two river bus routes.