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Traffic congestion, petrol shortage boost metro adoption in Hanoi

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Hanoi Metro, the operator of Hanoi’s Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line, has recorded an increase in passengers as traffic jams and gas-purchasing woes in the Vietnamese capital city continue to worsen.

Every seat on the metro during the rush hour on Wednesday morning was occupied, with many passengers having to stand, as observed by a Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporter.

Among the passengers was Pham Thi Phuong, a resident of the Van Quan urban area in Ha Dong District who works at an office on Hang Bac Street in Hoan Kiem District.

Phuong’s 12-kilometer commute to work includes getting on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro at Van Quan Station then getting off at Cat Linh Station before taking a bus to her office.

Passengers on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

Passengers on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

Phuong said that not needing to queue to buy gasoline was the main reason she opted to use the metro, aside from its convenience, cleanliness, and cheap fares.

“Queuing for gasoline is very tiring, so I choose the metro as my daily means of commuting to work,” she said. 

“Taking the metro is fast and organized, and it ensures no traffic jams.”

Phuong and many other Hanoi residents chose to begin using the metro amid several filling stations in the Vietnamese capital city having closed or limited sales over short supply in recent weeks, creating struggles for drivers in need of gasoline.

Passengers on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

Passengers on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

On the same metro trip on Wednesday morning, Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, another resident of Ha Dong District, was seen carrying a bike on board.

Hang said that she started cycling to work a long time ago, but because of traffic congestion, she switched to taking the metro line a month ago, bringing along a folding bicycle to travel to her office after getting off the train.

“Taking the metro is pressure-free, traffic jam-free, convenient, and enables me to always be on time to the minute,” Hang commented. 

“I visited many countries and found the metro in Hanoi to be comparatively quite clean and nice, and it’s equipped with escalators as well.

“Recently, the metro has become much more crowded.”

A woman boards the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line while automobiles queue on a road below the elevated route in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

A woman boards the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line while automobiles queue on a road below the elevated route in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

Hang’s account was consistent with the information that Vu Hong Truong, general director of Hanoi Metro, gave Tien Phong on the same day.

Truong said the daily number of commuters on working days increased from 7,000 when the service was put into operation to its current 32,000 daily riders.

“Seventy percent of the commuters use monthly tickets during rush hour,” he added.

“On Saturdays and Sundays, about 27,000 passengers use the public transport.”

A teenager carries a folding bike on board the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

A teenager carries a folding bike on board the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi, November 16, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tien Phong

Costing VND18 trillion (US$725.3 million), the construction of the 13-kilometer Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line was initiated in October 2011.

It features 12 elevated stations and 13 trains which run from Cat Linh Station in Ba Dinh District to Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District.

The metro line was put into operation on November 6, 2021 and is currently the only metro line in Hanoi.

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Vietnam’s Da Lat City overcrowded with vehicles of Tet goers

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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All major streets in Vietnam’s tourist highland city of Da Lat were packed with vehicles on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year) as so many personal cars and passenger vans traveled to the city.

The traffic jams were serious as so many vehicles entered the city center even though the number of visitors during this Tet was not too big compared to last year’s edition, as noted by Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.

Tran Manh Son, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tien Phong that it took him nearly an hour to drive his family in his car for a distance of about three kilometers from a hotel on Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tran Hung Dao Street.

“Cars and larger vehicles were overloaded everywhere, so many cars inched a bit, as slow as walking,” Son said.   

The area of Xuan Huong Lake was constantly congested from 8:30 am to 11:00 am, and the same situation was recorded in many other sites, including the city’s flower garden, the Ong Dao Bridge, the Da Lat market roundabout, and the intersection of Dinh Tien Hoang, Tran Quoc Toan, and Bui Thi Xuan Streets.

Police officers were deployed on many streets to regulate traffic and guide vehicles to change their directions to avoid entering the ways leading to traffic jam sites.

Vinh, the driver of a 50-seater long-haul bus, said he picked up passengers on Hoang Van Thu Street but could not drive them to Domaine Church on Ngo Quyen Street because of the serious congestion that had lasted for more than an hour.

He added his passengers wanted to change their destination to avoid the jam but he failed to turn the bus to any other directions to get out of the congested site.

“Now I can do nothing but wait for the congestion to ease,” Vinh said.

Nguyen Hung Minh, a long-haul bus driver, said he drove passengers to Da Lat on Tuesday and has since witnessed such traffic jams at the city’s gateways.

The Da Lat administration blamed the serious congestion on personal cars and long-haul buses that had come to this tourist destination, which is the capital city of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region. 

Such traffic jams have partly affected the quality of tours to Da Lat, local authorities said.

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

A traffic police officer is seen asking a car driver to change his direction to avoid entering the ongoing congestion site in Da Lat. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

This image shows many personal cars and long-haul buses in a traffic jam in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

Many young people are seen still joyful despite being stuck in traffic congestion on a street in Da Lat City on January 26, 2023. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tien Phong

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Nha Trang – Saigon railway upgrade project launched

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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A project to upgrade and renovate the railway route that connects Vietnam’s south-central coastal city of Nha Trang and its southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City kicked off on Thursday, the last day of the seven-day Tet break (2023 Lunar New Year).

The launching ceremony for the project took place at the Thap Cham railway station in south-central Ninh Thuan Province with the attendance of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and many other high-ranking central and local officials, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Nha Trang – Saigon railway route is 411 kilometers long, starting from Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province and ending in Ho Chi Minh City after running through Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong Provinces.

The project, expected to be complete in 2025, is estimated to cost VND1,099 billion (US$46.7 million) from the medium-term budget capital source for 2021-25, according to the project management board.

It is aimed at improving the quality and size of the railway infrastructure, thereby increasing transport capacity, enhancing traffic safety, and facilitating the transport of passengers and cargo on the route that links six localities. 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) is seen shaking hands with railway engineers and workers at the Thap Cham railway station in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam on January 26, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Under the project, all weak bridges on the route will be repaired and upgraded, the railway infrastructure will be renovated and modernized, and some terminals of passenger and goods will be reformed or consolidated, among other components including new constructions.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Chinh asked the Ministry of Transport to direct all the contractors, consultants, and supervisors to mobilize all possible resources and take necessary steps to ensure the project will be implemented efficiently, safely, and on schedule.

In addition, the project must comply with requirements on environmental protection during its implementation, the government leader said.

He asked all the ministries, agencies, and local authorities involved in the project to cooperate with each other effectively to make it a success.

Investment in public transport infrastructure in general and railway systems in particular is not only the duty of the transport ministry, but also the leading political task of local authorities of all related provinces and cities, the PM emphasized.

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152 traffic accidents kill 89 throughout Vietnam during Tet

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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Eighty-nine people were killed and 111 others were injured in 152 crashes across Vietnam during the seven-day 2023 Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday starting January 20, the National Traffic Safety Committee reported on Thursday, citing the Ministry of Public Security.

Compared to the same period of last year’s Tet, the numbers of crashes and fatalities declined by 12 and three, respectively, while the injuries rose by eight.

Among the total traffic accidents, 147 cases happened on roads, four occurred on rails, and one in waterway traffic. 

Nineteen accidents occurred on Thursday, the last day of the Tet break and the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, killing 12 people and injuring 15 others.

During the week-long holiday, traffic police officers handled 21,990 cases of road traffic violations, imposed fines totaling some VND50.4 billion (US$2.15 million) on the violators, impounded 639 cars, 9,910 motorbikes and 50 other vehicles, and revoked 4,950 driver’s licenses.

Among the traffic violators were 7,726 drivers under the influence of alcohol, 2,211 overspeeding, and 17 abusing drugs.

Medical facilities across the country received 26,411 cases requiring medical examination and mergency treatment due to traffic accidents from 7:00 am on January 20 to 7:00 am on Thursday.

This figure does not exclude duplicate data in cases of one person visiting multiple hospitals, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The traffic safety agency said that the waves of people coming back to big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for work after Tet increased remarkably on Thursday.

However, there was no serious traffic congestion at gateways to the metropolitan areas but some local traffic jams such as bottlenecks on the Hanoi-Hai Phong and Phap Van-Cau Gie Expressways in Hanoi and the gridlock on the Rach Mieu Bridge, which lies along a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and provinces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

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