The addition will increase the total number of bus routes in the city to between 46 and 51. The move is part of efforts by the capital city to raise the ratio of passengers using public transportation to 20-25 percent. Under a plan approved Tuesday by city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, metro lines would account for 1-3 percent of commuters using public transportation. Hanoi’s first metro line, connecting Cat Linh Station in downtown Dong Da District to the Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District, is said to be 99 percent complete after missing several deadlines. The operational deadline of its second line, meanwhile, has been pushed back a year to December 2022. Currently, public transport is only able to meet 15.7 percent of travel demand of Hanoi residents and municipal transport authorities had said at a public meeting in July that they predicted the ratio will rise to 17.3 percent by the end of this year. The new bus routes will service the outskirts of the city as well as areas that are usually crowded, like residential areas, shopping malls and entertainment complexes. They will also be open to connect with the two metro lines and the existing bus… Read full this story
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