Accordingly, a total of 970 additional bus fleets will run in the city's stations. For instance, Sai Gon Bus Company buys more 21 vehicles for 13 routes while the Ho Chi Minh City Transport Company (Citranco) adds more 18 buses for its one route, Transport Cooperative invests 40 buses for three routes.
Additionally, new buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) have been integrated in the urban public transport fleet by Quyet Thang Transport Cooperative. The subsidized buses will run on the route Le Hong Phong- the National University of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District.
As plan, more 200 additional buses will also run in 12 routes from now to year-end, according to a leader of the public transportation management center.
Of 200 new buses, 80 will run on CNG, helping reducing emissions of environmental pollution and cutting smell, vibrations and noise while the remaining will run on diesel. One of hiccups along the way to replace diesel buses with CNG-powered buses is the lack of CNG stations in several routes.
Currently, nearly 300 CNG-power buses run in the city while there are three CNG stations in An Suong Bus Station, the National University of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District and Tan Kien Station.
Consequently, the city finds it hard to develop CNG-powered buses as the fluctuation of CNG price leads to investors’ hesitation.