Japan to provide $3.5 mln for northern Vietnam traffic project

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Authorities in Hanoi have approved a project to upgrade the captial's public transport system with US$3.5 million in non-refundable aid from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project, approved Monday and scheduled for completion in 2014, will help improve the city's capacity to plan effective transport policy, lessen the number of personal vehicles on the street, and test new bus services in pilot programs, according to a report on Vietnam News Agency Tuesday.

The official development assistance from JICA will come in the form of technical support like experts, equipment, and training sessions.

With a total investment of $3.6 million, the plan aims to decrease traffic jams in the capital, increase the number of people using public transport services, and improve the quality of all services involved, the news agency reported.

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