On 30 June, the Da Nang People’s Committee in cooperation with Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) held a ceremony to officially operate a new public bus route as part of the Da Nang Urban Traffic Corridor Improvement Project funded by TMF. In attendance was Mr. Dang Viet Dung, the Standing Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee.
The inauguration ceremony of the TMF bus routes
The 19km-long route will depart and arrive in the TMF bus station on Bui Duong Lich Street, and it will run along the streets of Duong Van Nga, Khuc Hao, Ho Han Thuong and Chu Huy Man, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Xuan Dieu Parking Area, 3 February, Tran Phu, Ly Tu Trong, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Le Duan and 29 March Park.
The TMF-funded intra-city bus route will operate in the city on a trial basis for 1 year. Buses will operate daily from 5.45am to 8.45pm every 20 - 30 minutes for the Bui Duong Lich Bus Station – Xuan Dieu Parking Area route, and every 10 – 15 minutes for the Xuan Dieu Parking Area – 29 March Park route.
Under the TMF-funded programme, all local residents and visitors will enjoy free fares on the route for 1 year after the date of its official launch and passengers will enjoy free parking of their personal vehicles at the P&R Bui Duong Lich parking area.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Vice Chairman Dang Viet Dung stressed that the operation of public bus services would help change the habits of using personal vehicles for daily travel among local residents.
Mr. Le Van Trung, Director of the Department of Transport, said that the TMF bus routes, in addition to the current 11 public ones, offers commuters more options to utilise a safe and environmentally-friendly vehicle.
Also at the ceremony, the People’s Committee of Hai Chau District introduced the ‘Smart Parking’ mobile app (Mobile Parking) for car drivers on a trial basis starting from the same date. This new service is also part of the Da Nang Urban Traffic Corridor Improvement Project.
This app will allow car drivers to find vacant parking lots on the section of Bach Dang Street from its intersections with the Dragon Bridge and Quang Trung Street to 2 September Street near the Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture and pay their parking fees via mobile phones.
It is reported that the Da Nang Urban Traffic Corridor Improvement Project is being implemented from July 2015 to March 2019 and involves a funding of US$ 2.9 million granted by the Toyota Mobility Foundation.