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Apr 17, 2024

Hanoi Plans 14 New Urban Railways To Ease City Traffic

Hanoi is gearing up to construct 14 new urban railway lines covering 550 kilometers. These railways will form the backbone of the city’s transportation system.
Hanoi Plans 14 New Urban Railways To Ease City Traffic

The city plans to replace the BRT line with an urban railway. | Source: Pham Hung / Hanoi Times

During a recent meeting between Hanoi’s leaders and a delegation from the National Assembly, Vice Chairman Duong Duc Tuan emphasized the importance of this urban railway network. The city aims to enhance its transportation infrastructure, focusing on completing seven-ring road projects and improving radial and regional roads. Additionally, Hanoi is committed to promoting eco-friendly transportation and increasing public transport usage to 30% by 2025-2026.

Hanoi plans to replace the Kim Ma – Yen Nghia Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line with an urban railway to tackle traffic congestion and pollution. Tuan highlighted that the BRT system served as a precursor to the development of urban railways but faced limitations, leading to the decision to transition to rail-based transportation.

The construction of the Kim Ma – Yen Nghia BRT line, inaugurated in 2016, was a significant investment to ease congestion and lay the groundwork for public transportation development. However, it has not met expectations, prompting the shift to Urban Railway Line 11.

In addition to rail projects, Hanoi is intensifying its management of road traffic to ensure safety and reduce congestion. The city operates six inter-provincial passenger bus stations and has established multiple bus pick-up and drop-off points. Hanoi’s public transport network is extensive with 156 public bus lines covering all districts and towns.

Furthermore, the city regulates taxi services, with over 15,000 licensed taxis and thousands of shared-ride vehicles. Efforts to address traffic congestion include identifying and mitigating hotspots, improving safety in school zones, and enhancing traffic management in high-risk areas.

Over the past decade, Hanoi has made significant strides in transportation infrastructure, including the construction of radial expressways and national highways. Investment in these projects has bolstered connectivity, facilitated movement, and spurred economic development in key regions.