HCM City approves metro line extension to Dong Nai, Binh Duong

Monday, 2017-12-11 13:05:10
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An elevated section of the city’s first metro line along Hanoi Highway in HCM City’s district 2. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Ho Chi Minh City has approved the extension of the city’s first metro route, linking Ben Thanh Market with Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9, to the neighbouring provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai.

The metro line will be extended with connections to Dong Nai province’s Bien Hoa city and Binh Duong province’s Di An town as proposed by Japanese consultant joint-venture Nippon Koei – Tokyo.

The cost of the line development will be approximately VND21.23 trillion (nearly US$950 million), including VND2.32 trillion (US$103 million) for the section joining Suoi Tien Station to Binh Duong Station.

Tran Thanh Liem, Chairman of the Binh Duong People’s Committee, said the extension would create favourable conditions for urban development and public transportation.

Along with preparations for the metro extension, Binh Duong has also earmarked land along the planned metro line for new urban development areas under the TOD (transit-oriented development) mode.

The provincial Dong Nai and Binh Duong People’s Committees have agreed to the project, which is in line with the city’s transport development plan to 2020, as approved by the Prime Minister.

The expanded metro line will ease travel around the two provinces and within HCM City, attracting more passengers and enhancing urban development along the route, while reducing traffic overload in the northeastern part of HCM City.

HCM City will work with agencies in the two provinces on project development and ensuring the metro line comes into operation on schedule.

HCM City’s metro route No. 1 connects Ben Thanh Terminal in district 1 with Suoi Tien Terminal in district 9.

The metro line will comprise of a 19.7km track, of which 2.6km will be underground (with three stations) and more than 17km above ground (with 11 stations).

Construction began in August, 2012, with the line expected to open in 2020.