The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route have started opening since 29th December morning in Hanoi. This project aims to decrease traffic jam in the rush hour.
New Bus Rapid Transit
With the route from Kim Ma Bus Station in Ba Dinh District to Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District, the 14.7 kilometre route runs through some busy streets such as Giang Vo, Lang Ha, Le Van Luong, Le Trong Tan, Tran Phu and Ba La Streets. The route is expected to take only 30 minutes.
In fact, many cars run in the bus lane without being stopped, meanwhile the BRT buses also left their lane sometimes. Therefore, people are doubts whether or not BRT buses can be faster than normal buses because of the narrow streets.
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New Fine Announced
The biggest difficulty for Hanoi’s plan is having suitable separate lanes as they are too narrow. In order to deal with this situation, the authority of the city has announced the fine to vehicles running on the BRT lanes. The fine can range from USD38 to USD57 if caught going into the bus lane on the Bus Rapid Transit corridor.
A rapid bus route is only one small measure to decline traffic jams, but it can’t help the city to deal with major congestion especially on the rush hours. Therefore, local authorities have to do a far better job at city planning and set aside more land for transport infrastructure.