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First environmentally-friendly buses hit Hanoi's streets

Released at: 19:48, 31/07/2018

First environmentally-friendly buses hit Hanoi's streets

Photo: Laodong.vn

Three routes with CNG-fueled buses piloted in capital from August 1.

by Le Diem

Hanoi will pilot three bus routes using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from August 1, according to the city’s Department of Transport.

With the major component methane (CH4) producing little harmful substances such as SO2, NO2, CO, and CO2, the buses will help reduce environmental pollution, according to the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operations Center, and methane is 10-30 per cent cheaper than other fuels.

Operated by the Bao Yen Tourism and Construction Services Co., the 50 buses plying the three routes can carrying 50 passengers each. Trips run every 15-20 minutes, with fares from VND7,000 to VND9,000 ($0.3 - 0.4); the same as on other buses.

Route No. 1 will connect My Dinh - Pham Hung - Me Tri - Chau Van Liem - Thang Long Highway - Phuong Cach - Provincial Road 421B - Provincial Road 420 - Provincial Road 419 – National Highway 32 - Thong Pagoda (Son Tay) - Son Tay Bus Station. Buses on the 42.3-trip will run from 5am to 8.30pm.

Route No. 2, meanwhile, will run through Yen Nghia - Quang Trung (Ha Dong) - Le Trong Tan (Ha Dong) - Phuc La, Van Phu - Bridge Buou - Thanh Liet - Cau Dau - Nghiem Xuan Yem - Nguyen Huu Tho - Gia Phong - Giap Bat - Giai Phong - Kim Dong - Tan Mai - Tam Trinh - Minh Khai - Vinh Tuy Bridge - Dam Quang Trung - Chu Huy Man - Tran Danh Tuyen - Sai Dong - Nguyen Duc Thuan - Dang Xa urban area, and vice-versa. Buses on the 35.65-km trip run from 5.00am to 9pm.

Route No 3 is from Central Tropical Hospital 2 - Bac Thang Long Industrial Park - Hoang Sa - Phuong Trach - Nhat Tan Bridge - Vo Chi Cong - Buoi - Doi Can - Lieu Giai - Kim Ma - Nguyen Thai Hoc - Le Duan - Tran Hung Dao - Ba Trieu - Tran Khat Chan - Vo Thi Sau - Thanh Nhan - Kim Nguu - Mai Dong Bridge - Minh Khai - and Times City, and vice-versa. Buses on the 29.55-km trip run from 5am to 9pm.

CNG buses have been on Ho Chi Minh City’s streets since 2011. After one year they had saved VND2 billion ($90,000), or 23 per cent, compared to diesel. Harmful air and CO2 were cut by 53 to 63 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively. The city plans to introduce more CNG buses by the end of this year.

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