Customers buy tours at a travel company in Ho Chi Minh City / PHOTO: DIEP DUC MINH Ho Chi Minh City tourism authorities want to draw a line between legal and illegal travel companies with visible signboards, but experts say the initiative is hardly practical. The HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed that authorities require local travel companies to hang department-authorized signboards which indicate their legality at their entrances. The signboards will help people recognize and stay away from illegal companies, according to the department. However, experts said the proposal, if approved, will cause troubles for inbound companies. The director of a major travel firm in HCMC told Thanh Nien that under current laws, a company has to acquire a business license from the Department of Planning and Investment in order to operate inbound tours. Then it must register with the tourism department (the registration takes effects … [Read more...] about Vietnam metro’s plan to alienate illegal travel firms raises doubts
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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2009 (AFP) - Two Metrorail trains collided Monday at the height of Washington's evening rush hour, killing at least six people and injuring about more than 70 in the worst-ever accident in the US capital's subway system, officials said. Hundreds of emergency responders rushed to the chaotic scene in the northeast Washington, where one train rammed into a stationary train on the same track, compressing the rear car of the lead train like an accordion before leapfrogging on top of it. Mayor Adrian Fenty confirmed there were six deaths but warned the toll could rise in what he described as "the deadliest accident in the (33-year) history of our Metro train transit system." The collision involving the six-compartment trains on an above-ground portion of the popular Red Line took place at 5:02 pm (2102 GMT) near the Fort Totten Metro station, said Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) general manager John Catoe. Rescue teams were seen carrying injured … [Read more...] about At least 6 dead in Washington rush-hour Metro crash
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on packed metro trains in central Moscow's morning rush hour Monday, killing at least 34 people in the deadlist attacks in the Russian capital for over a decade, authorities said. The first explosion struck at 7:52 am (0352 GMT) on a train that had stopped in the Lubyanka station close to the headquarters of the FSB security service, an emergency ministry spokeswoman told AFP. About half an hour later, a second explosion went off in a carriage of a train on the platform at the Park Kulturi metro station, also in central Moscow. Moscow authorities said the attacks were caused by female suicide bombers wearing belts packed with explosives. "We can assume that belts with explosive devices were attached to their bodies," Moscow's chief prosecutor Yuri Syomin told reporters on Lubyanka Square, next to the metro station of the same name. The emergency situations ministry said the blast at the Lubyanka station killed 22 people and wounded 12. The … [Read more...] about Moscow metro suicide attacks kill more than 30
Old habits have to be broken and prejudices against public transportation overcome for Vietnam's first subway lines to succeed A pedestrian wearing a leaf hat walks on a footbridge as traffic moves along a road in Hanoi. Authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are facing a tough task in convincing millions of Vietnamese motorbike and car owners to switch to the trains as the first metro systems in the two economic hubs are all set to be commissioned by 2018. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG After years of delay, authorities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are determined that they will have their first metro systems commissioned by 2018 in a bid to clear streets increasingly clogged with cars and motorbikes. However, they face a much tougher task in convincing millions of motorbike and car owners to switch to the trains because old habits die hard, and, some experts say, entrenched attitudes die even harder. "Successful public transit projects need to combine a policy framework with good … [Read more...] about Vietnam metro systems get set, but will the public go?
Light metro line project gets off ground in Hanoi Key bridge, boulevard in Hanoi open to traffic By Hoang Son - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Work started Saturday on a pilot light metro line project stretching 12.5 kilometers to link Hanoi Station and Nhon Station in the capital city, which at nearly US$1 billion is the most costly public transport project there. This urban railway project will form part of the Route No. 3 under the master plan for Hanoi City’s transport and communication development between now and 2020, the Government’s website www.chinhphu.vn reports. The light metro line will go through five inner districts of Hanoi, namely Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh, Dong Da and Hoan Kiem, the project owner said at the ground-breaking ceremony graced by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. This metro line will be comprised of 8.5 kilometers of elevated railway and four kilometers of underground section. Along the route will be 12 stations, including four underground … [Read more...] about Light metro line project gets off ground in Hanoi