HCMC public buses to run on clean energy

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Ho Chi Minh City will begin using 21 compressed natural gas busses August 15, a local transportation firm said Sunday.


Saigon Passenger Bus Company said that the buses will serve the Saigon Binh Tay Route from District 1 to District 6.


The city last year began running two compressed natural gas buses on a trial basis between Vietnam National University in Thu Duc District and Mien Tay Bus Station, where vehicles shuttle people between the city and Mekong Delta destinations.


HCMC Transport Department said that buses fueled with compressed natural gas create less pollution and use 30 percent less energy than those using diesel fuel.


During a meeting last year, the city legislative body announced the city would enlarge its budget for bus fare subsidies by 17 percent to VND700 billion (US$34 million) this year to encourage more people to use public transportation.


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