It's no joke! The Cat Linh - Ha Dong line will be officially launched this month!
According to Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong, there will be no more delays! The much anticipated Hanoi’s first metro project will start commercial operations this month. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated trains, which run at an average speed of 35 kilometers/hour, are being tested every day for system tuning.
Commercial runs will commence only after being assessed for safety by the Vietnam Register and an independent French agency, Dong said. There are now no more “hindrances” to the project and only four per cent of the works related to pathways and terminals have yet to be completed.
“The Chinese general contractor would make proper adjustments based on the results of the trial runs before handing over the project to the Hanoi authorities to manage and operate,” shared the official. “In the first phase, tickets might be waived for users of the metro.”
Cat Linh-Hadong urban railway will run from Cat Linh Station in downtown Dong Da District to the Yen Nghia Station in the south-west Ha Dong District. Developed by the Ministry of Transport, this project started construction in October 2011 and has a length of 13.1km. The designed speed of the track reaches 80km/h and trains would run every two minutes. The total initial investment of the project was $552.86 million (in 2008), including $133.86 million from the Vietnamese government and $419 million borrowed from China. However, this has been adjusted to $868 million, with loans from China increasing by around $250 million to $669 million.
This metro line has 13 trains with four carriages each. The length of a train is 79m, with a height of 3.8m and width of 2.8m. The trains are painted green and sport the image of Khue Van Cac, a symbol of Hanoi.
Once completed, the trains will transport up to 2,110 passengers across 12 stations. The stations are Cat Linh, La Thanh, Thai Ha, Lang, Thuong Dinh, Ring Road 3, Phung Khoang, Van Quan, Hadong, La Khe, Van Khe, and Yen Nghia.
Hope good news about the Saigon Metro will come soon! Scamming taxi drivers are one of the worst nightmares of tourists and with a good metro system, this problem somehow will be solved.