HCMC to open two new bus lanes in April

HCMC Public Passenger Transport Management Center has proposed the Department of Transport to pilot two bus priority lanes in Dien Bien Phu and Vo Thi Sau streets from April.

Bus passengers strongly reduced in HCMC last year (photo: SGGP)

The plan was announced by the center’s director of Tran Chi Trung on Tuesday.

According to the proposal, bus lane will start from Ly Thai To roundabout to Sai Gon Bridge in Dien Bien Phu street and from Dinh Tien Hoang street to Dan Chu roundabout in Vo Thi Sau street.

The center suggested three measures to implement the pilot project. First, buses will travel in the same lane with automobiles and move into two wheel vehicle lanes to pick up and drop off passengers. However this solution is inconvenient and time consuming.

The second measure will use an auto lane for buses only and the third solution will permit buses to travel and catch passengers in the left lane of the two streets. The HCMC Department of Transport is now considering the three measures.

Talking to Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, Mr. Tran Chi Trung said that the center needed relevant agencies’ assistance to study and estimate traffic flow organization in Dien Bien Phu, Vo Thi Sau and neighboring streets to successfully implement the pilot project. Vehicle volume in the two streets must be reduced to make them clearer for the project.

Last year, bus passengers in HCMC reduced 3.4 million equivalent to 84,000 bus trips. The center attributed the fall to many reasons including traffic jam which has caused passengers late for work.
Urban traffic experts said that organizing priority lanes for buses in wide roads such as Vo Van Kiet, Pham Van Dong, Dien Bien Phu and Hanoi Highway is reasonable.

However it is unreasonable for smaller streets inner the city such as Vo Thi Sau, requiring authorized agencies’ careful calculation and citizens’ support.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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