The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route started to open since 29th December morning in Hanoi. The aim of this project is to decrease traffic jam in the rush hour, which is a hard problem in Hanoi and some famous cities in the world as well.
New Bus Rapid Transit
There are more than 20 buses using their own separate bus lane and 21 stops located on the median strips on the streets within the route. Each bus has the capacity of 90 passengers.
Bus Rapid Transit Route – one solution for Vietnamese traffic
With the route from Kim Ma Bus Station in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi to Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District, the 14.7-kilometer route runs through few busy streets such as Ba La, Tran Phu, Le Trong Tan, Le Van Luong, Lang Ha and Giang Vo Streets. It is expected to take only 30 minutes to go from Kim Ma to Yen Nghia.
Bus Rapid Transit can not go rapidly in the rush hour
In fact, a lot of cars run in the bus lane without being stopped, meanwhile, the BRT buses sometimes have to left their lane. Therefore, a lot of people are doubts whether BRT buses can be faster than normal buses or not because of the narrow streets and awareness when in traffic of Vietnamese people.
New Fine Announced
The biggest difficulty plan for this problem is having suitable separate lanes for BRT in case the streets here are too narrow. In order to deal with this situation, the authority of Han has announced the fine to vehicles which runs on the BRT lanes. The fine may range from USD38 to USD57 if the vehicles are caught going into the bus lane on the Bus Rapid Transit corridor.
Bus Rapid Transit Route
A rapid bus route is only one small of the popular measure to decline traffic jams, but it cannot help the city to deal with major congestion particularly in the rush hours. Therefore, local authorities must do a far better job at city planning and set aside more lanes for transport infrastructure.