Ho Chi Minh City

Public passenger transport meets only 9.2 percent mobility needs in HCMC

Though 411.7 million people used the public transport system in Ho Chi Minh City in eight months of the year, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to the same period last year, it has satisfied only 9.2 percent mobility needs, according to the municipal People’s Council’s conference yesterday.

Public passenger transport meets only 9.2 percent mobility needs in HCMC

Accordingly, it is very difficult for the city to complete its goal that the public passenger transport system will meet 15-20 percent mobility need by 2020.
At the conference, a representative from the Department of Transport said the city launched 137 bus routes including 99 subsidized ones by August.
Total 2,322 bus fleets including 453 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses and 2,869 diesel engine ones are running in the city.
A rise in personal vehicles has made traffic worse causing bad service quality of buses and reduction in using the public transport.
HCMC is not successful in appealing investment in building infrastructure triggering sluggish Public- Private Partnership parking project.
The Department of Transport petitioned the city People’s Committee and competent agencies to give their opinions to complete the project of enhancement of the public transport system and control over personal vehicles.
Additionally, bus cooperatives and the Department, relevant agencies will re-assess the cooperative model and revamp its activities to improve bus service quality.

By staff writers - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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