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HCM City to operate 1st electric bus services

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Electric buses during a trial run in Ho Chi Minh City last December. VIET NAM NEWS

HCM City to operate 1st electric bus services

The first electric-bus routes in HCM City are scheduled to open within the first quarter of this year, the municipal Department of Transport has announced.

It is one of the five electric-bus routes to be piloted in the southern economic hub for a duration of two years after the plan was recently approved by the municipal People’s Committee.

Proposed by Vinbus Ecology Transport Services Ltd Co, a subsidiary of Vingroup, the five routes would link Vinhomes Grand Park, a residential area in Thu Duc City, with E-mart Mall, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Saigon Bus Station in District 1, the new Mien Dong (southeastern region) Bus Station, and the precinct of Vietnam National University – HCM City in Thu Duc.

About 77 electric buses would be used, with each having a capacity for 65-70 passengers.

The suggested ticket price is 3,000 dong ($0.13) per trip for students and 5,000-7,000 dong for others.

For now, bus stations already exist at five destinations and if approved, the investor only needs to establish a station at Vinhomes Grand Park, according to the department.

The committee has assigned the Department of Transport to coordinate with relevant departments and agencies in the implementation.

The routes are to serve the travelling demand of the public, especially in new residential areas, high-tech parks, administrative areas in Thu Duc City and those that have yet to access public transport services.

The department said the services will receive subsidy of 44.1 per cent of the operation cost during the trial phase, and the rate will be adjusted after the municipal People’s Committee issues technical norms and unit cost for electric bus.

VIET NAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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