Ho Chi Minh City rehashes tramway plan in bid to tackle traffic crisis

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Ho Chi Minh City government has allowed a joint venture to conduct a feasibility study on a tramway line aiming to cater to 20-25 percent of the demand for public transportation.
The three companies – the War Veterans One-member Limited Company, the Phu My Investment and Construction JSC and the Northwest Real Estate Investment and Development JSC – said the tramway service No.1 is designed to connect Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 to Mien Tay Bus Station in Binh Tan District.
The 12-kilometer line will have six main stops.
There will be 15 trams, each tram having a locomotive and four coaches, each of which can carry 238 passengers a day. 
According to the HCMC Transport Department, the construction of a tramway route is necessary as it will cater to 20-25 percent of the demand for public transport in the city, thus help reduce traffic congestion.
City officials have announced plans to build tramway lines several times over the past few years, but no work has been started. 
Under the latest traffic development plan, HCMC will have three tramway lines by 2020. The second line will link District 8 and District 2 and the third line will go through Go Vap District. 

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