HCMC: Ferries to ease traffic woes

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Transport will launch two commuter ferry services on canals and rivers this June and in September to ease traffic pressure on city highways.

Local media reported the commuter ferry from Bach Dang wharf in District 1 to Linh Dong ward in Thu Duc will start services this June.

The second route from Bach Dang to District 8 will start in September.

The two new ferry services will start and end close to major roads so passengers can catch buses to other destinations in the city.

The first route covering 11 km will have seven stops in districts 1, 2, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc.

Boats will depart from Bach Dang, travel along the Saigon river, along Thanh Da canal and end at a wharf in the Binh Quoi river, Linh Dong ward and Thu Duc.

The 10.3-km route from Bach Dang will follow the Saigon river to reach Ben Nghe canal and stop at Tau Hu canal at districts 1, 4, 5, 6, 8.

The two routes will be equipped with 10 modern ferries that can carry up to 60 passengers each covering the entire 11 km distance in 30 minutes.

The ticket price will be around VND15,000 (USD0.66) per person. Initial estimates suggest around 5,000 people could use the ferries daily.