Saigon set for $5.9 million river bus system
Commuters and tourists can board river buses running through Saigon’s waterways next year and helping ease its congestion problems.
The city’s authorities approved a VND128 billion (US$5.86 million) project which will use two routes to carry passengers on boats from District 1 to District 6 and Thu Duc District, according to Tuoi Tre News.
The first route, Bach Dang-Linh Dong, will be 11km long and have seven stops, running from Bach Dang Quay on the Saigon River through District 1 and District 2 and Binh Thanh District via Thanh Da Canal to Binh Quoi Quay in Linh Dong Ward,Thu Duc District.
The second, Bach Dang-Lo Gom, will be over 10km long with seven stops in Districts 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.
All work on the two routes is expected to be completed in 2016, and the Ho Chi Minh City transport department will use 10 boats able to carry 60 passengers each in the 2016-20 period while ticket prices are expected to be VND30,000 ($1.37) per route.