Hanoi authorities urged to develop public transport
  • | laodong, | October 27, 2019 08:32 AM
Hanoi authorities must boost public transport development and needs 200 bus routes if they want to actually implement a motorbike ban.


Tu Sy Sua from the University of Communications and Transport

On October 25, the Hanoi Department of Transport held a conference to discuss motorbike restrictions and ban based on the infrastructure and service capacity of the public transport system and a congestion charge.

Regarding the proposed motorbike ban by 2030, the Institute of Transportation Strategy and Development said the motorbike ban could only be applied when the public transport system was able to meet 60.5% of travel demand. The city should open eight urban railway sections, 200 bus routes, have 35,000 taxis and 50,000 contract cars.

Nguyen Thi Vinh, former secretary of the Association of Cities of Vietnam, said numerous urban areas had been built in Ha Dong District in the past year. As a result, a huge number of people were commuting from Ha Dong to the city centre, causing severe congestion on Nguyen Trai and To Huu-Nguyen Van Luong routes. He claimed it was reasonable that the authorities pilot a motorbike ban on those routes.

However, to make public transport more attractive, the authorities must set up parking lots and bus stations to make the journey more convenient for the commuters.

"People are used to be able to travel from door to door with their motorbikes so they do not want to walk more than 1 km to get to a station. The authorities should open more routes for minibus and even use three-wheelers like in Tokyo or Kyoto," Vinh said.

Tu Sy Sua from the University of Communications and Transport said even though Hanoi authorities were focused on developing public passenger transportation with large capacity, at the current rate Hanoi would only have one bus rapid transit route while two urban railway routes will not be completed.

At the moment, public buses are able to only meet 10% of demand. In order to increase the rate to 15%, the authorities will need 2,400 buses and 3,300 buses if they want the rate increase to 30%. But allowing more vehicles to operate is extremely difficult due to Hanoi's infrastructure.

Sua agreed that they need to be consistent with the policy of developing public passenger transport because this was the solution to congestion. Public buses would still be the main form of public transport until 2030.

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