Public transport firms act to woo bus commuters

The Saigon Times | Wed, Jul 6, 2016 08:54:19 AM Share this on

A number of public transport firms in HCMC have put into service new buses replacing aging ones in an effort to improve service quality and thus woo back passengers.

Dong Nam Transport and Service Cooperative has launched new 40-seat buses replacing 12-seat buses on Route 51 connecting Mien Dong Coach Station and Binh Hung Hoa.

Viet Thang Transport and Tourism Cooperative has replaced all of its old buses plying Route 100 between Cu Chi Coach Station and Tan Thai Bridge with new 40-seat buses. The enterprise has increased daily bus services on the route by 24 to 124 and changed departure schedules for the first and last trips.

May 19 Transport Cooperative has put into operation new 47-seat buses on Route 23 that starts from Cho Lon Coach Station, passes through Nga Ba Giong and ends at Lon Bridge.

Most of the new air-conditioned buses meet Euro 3 emissions standards and have surveillance cameras.

According to a bus service development project approved by the HCMC government in the 2015-2017 period, the city will replace 1,680 aging buses, and there will be 300 locally-assembled vehicles running on compressed natural gas (CNG).

The replacement is a top priority given a sharp fall in the number of bus commuters in recent years due to poor service as pointed out by the HCMC Department of Transport. The city plans to shift to electronic bus tickets by the year-end to create more convenience.

Many bus commuters suggested the city restructure inconvenient bus routes to lure back passengers.

Source: The Saigon Times