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Bus rapid transit set for Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh City, known for its chaotic motorbike and car traffic, is getting bus-rapid transit and a metro system in 2018. (Sam Sherratt/flickr/cc)

Few cities in the world need mass transit improvements as desperately as Ho Chi Minh, formerly Saigon. Vietnam’s largest city is famous for roads clogged with motorbikes, mopeds and scooters — many with multiple passengers, including small children.

The Saigoneer reports that a bus-rapid transit system set to debut in 2018 could help ease the congestion. The $155 million network funded partly by the World Bank would feature 32 stations along six routes of dedicated bus lanes. The first line is expected to be ready in two years to serve nearly 32,000 passengers a day.

In a related development, construction already is underway on the city’s first metro line, also scheduled to open in 2018, according to the site. The $1.35 billion system is designed to carry up to 620,000 daily.

Bus-rapid transit systems typically have features such as elevated station platforms and off-board fare collection to speed up boarding and make service more convenient. The number of systems around the world recently reached 180 and is growing. 

In March, Citiscope interviewed Walter Hook, one of the world’s leading experts on BRT and the co-author of the Bus Rapid Transit Planning Guide, about new directions for BRT around the world. Read the Q&A here.


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