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Old April 12th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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HO CHI MINH CITY | Public Transport

Ho Chi Minh City approves mass transit
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

HANOI: The Ho Chi Minh City municipal government has approved the construction of Vietnam's first urban mass transit rail system at a cost of $1.1 billion, with 83 percent of the money to be provided by Japanese aid.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation would provide $904.7 million and the municipal government $186.6 million, the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee said in a statement.

Construction of the 19.7-kilometer, or 12-mile, track linking Vietnam's largest city and the nearby province of Binh Duong is expected to start late this year or early in 2008 and be completed in 2013, city transport officials said.

The statement did not say which companies would build the system and supply the trains and equipment.

The system will start at a station in front of Ben Thanh market, a popular tourist spot in the center of the city of 8 million people, run underground near the Opera House and then cross the Saigon River on an elevated track.

Japan is the single biggest country donor to Vietnam. It has pledged $890 million in aid this year, 6.5 percent more than the $835.6 million it promised in 2006.

Japan is also expected to finance up to 70 percent of a $33 billion high-speed north-south railroad linking Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Vietnam will float gasoline prices this month and allow importers to set rates for fuel oil later this year and diesel fuel as well as kerosene in 2008, as it seeks to curb nearly $1 billion in subsidies, Reuters reported from Hanoi on Tuesday.

The policy change, after Vietnam's World Trade Organization accession early this year, may help woo investors to its infant refining sector. But the country remains five to 10 years from allowing foreign firms into the domestic market.

The government said on its Web site (www.vietnam.gov.vn) that oil product importers and producers will be allowed to set the selling prices under the state-managed market mechanism after paying required taxes and fees.

"Importers must maintain stockpiles equivalent to a minimum of 20 days of consumption of respective oil products and in accordance with the minimum oil product import quotas given each year," the government said.

It said subsidies on fuel oil, diesel and kerosene would be reduced this year.
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Old April 13th, 2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Great news for Saigon. I'm trying to find more detailed plans for this project but it's difficult. I can only find a map from the Asia Times but it's from 2004, don't know if it's still valid. Red and Blue line to go ahead first.


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Old October 31st, 2007, 11:38 AM   #3
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ADB Helps Develop Two Metro Rail Lines in Ho Chi Minh City

HANOI, May 4 Asia Pulse - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US$1.7 million in the form of a technical assistance (TA) grant in order to develop two urban mass transit (MRT) rail lines in Ho Chi Minh City.

An agreement on the grant was signed by ADB Country Director for Vietnam Ayumi Konishi, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Phung Khac Ke, and Director of the Ho Chi Minh City 's Department of Public Transportation Tran Quang Phuong, in Hanoi on May 3.

Accordingly, the TA will make preparations for two out of the total six MRT lines that Ho Chi Minh City plans to develop from now to 2020, with an expected total budget of more than $5 billion. The two lines, projected to cover a total of 20.6 kilometres with 22 stations, will traverse the city's central business districts.

"The MRT can provide convenient, comfortable, safe, affordable, and clean urban travel, thus reducing reliance on private modes of travel ad improving the quality of urban living for Ho Chi Minh residents," Ayumi said.

The grant will finance the preparation of a consolidated MRT network master plan and land use strategy that maximises MRT use. It will also help draw up preliminary engineering designs and technical and operational standards, with supporting social, environmental, technical, economic and financial appraisals.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Deputy Governor Ke spoke highly of the assistance of the ADB and the Japanese government. He said he hoped that the project will help improve public transport systems in particular and infrastructure development in general in Ho Chi Minh City .

The TA project is scheduled to be completed by April 2008.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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Vietnam's largest city starts building urban rail system

HANOI, Feb 21, 2008 (AFP) - Vietnam's largest city started construction Thursday of the country's first urban railway system, a project worth nearly 1.1 billion dollars and financed mostly with Japanese loans, officials said.

Workers in Ho Chi Minh City broke ground on the system set to carry 526,000 people per day by 2014 along 19.7 kilometres (12.2 miles) of above and below ground rail lines in the traffic-choked city of about seven million.

"This project is very important to improve the transport situation in the city and will help boost economic development," Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh People Committee, said in a press release.

The line will link central Ben Thanh Market with southern Suoi Tien, with the first 2.6 kilometres in the city centre to be built underground.

The Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) will provide 83 percent of investment capital, or 905 million dollars, said the press statement.

The first part of the project to be built is a repair and maintenance depot, and construction of the rail line is scheduled to start in 2010, said Yoshifumi Omura, in charge of the project at JBIC.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 12:31 PM   #5
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Have you got a map of the proposed system? Is it the same as the plans from 2004?
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 04:07 PM   #6
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^ Thought there was a map posted in a previous post above.

French Firm Keen on Hanoi Metro Projects
8 August 2008
Vietnam News Brief Service

The French leading group Alstom Transport wants to join Hanoi’s first ever metro system projects as a contractor of equipment, said Managing Director in Asian and the Pacific Tom Richardson said.

ALSTOM Transport is very interest in metro projects in Hanoi, he said at a meeting with Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Khoi August 7, adding the company will carry out related cooperation contents signed with the municipal authorities earlier.

At the meeting, the Hanoi official said that the metro route connecting the Hanoi station and Nhon in the outlying district of Tu Liem is estimated to cost over EUR500 million sourced from official development assistance (ODA) capital, including around EUR200 million from the French Government.

Khoi also briefed his guest on the Hoan Kiem Lake-Thang Long bridge metro project worth $1.2 billion and the other linking Ngoc Khanh (Dong Da district) with Hoa Lac, a new urban centre more than 30 kilometers from the capital’s heart.

Alstom Transport has operated in Vietnam since 1989 with a number of projects to produce electricity and supply railway equipment.

Vietnam will acquire $12.7 billion to carry out railway projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from now to 2020 with foreign investment to account for 77%, the Ministry of Planning and Investment said.

Of the total figure, $7.3 billion is needed to construct 128 kilometers of railway systems in Hanoi and $5.4 billion is to build six metro routes with 92 km in length.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 09:04 PM   #7
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Well I can confirm it's definitely being built, quite a few stretches of roads being dug up when I was there a couple of months ago... And boy does that city need a metro!
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Old August 24th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #8
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Well I can confirm it's definitely being built, quite a few stretches of roads being dug up when I was there a couple of months ago... And boy does that city need a metro!
I am not as confident as you as even many HCM members don't seem to know about it, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...2#post23900222

It does seem that the depot works have commenced as of Feb but other than that I am not so sure. (Even the Hanoi metro seems to be moving very slowly & I was there last Dec). But I have not been to HCM for a few years so your observations from the recent visit does provide some hope.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 07:58 AM   #9
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The first part of the project to be built is a repair and maintenance depot, and construction of the rail line is scheduled to start in 2010, said Yoshifumi Omura, in charge of the project at JBIC.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 01:10 PM   #10
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don't tell me that HCM doesn't have any means of public transport...
what is the situation with buses?
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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #11
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Looks like a very ambitious & comprehensive rapid transit plan for Ho Chi Minh City, congrats!

There's mention of an underground portion, what is length of that?

Was reading about Vietnam's recent inflation-related economic slump, might that slow down the project?
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 08:31 AM   #12
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Vietnam plans urban rail to ease traffic choke
6 October 2008
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Vietnam plans to build urban rail systems worth nearly 15 billion dollars in its two largest and most traffic-choked cities by 2020, the communist government said in a statement Monday.

The capital Hanoi in the north and the southern commercial hub and major port of Ho Chi Minh City would each receive about half of the funds, much of which has yet to be raised from investors and development agencies.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked officials to speed up preparations for the elevated and underground railway systems and focus on attracting overseas aid and loans for the projects.

Hanoi would receive 7.3 billion dollars to build seven railway lines, under the plan announced on the official government website, while Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, would receive 7.5 billion dollars.

In Ho Chi Minh City, construction started in February for a train system set to include 19.7 kilometres (12.2 miles) of rail lines above and below ground, financed mostly with Japanese loans, officials said at the time.

French, German and Chinese companies have also expressed interest in plans to build Vietnamese urban rail projects.
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Old October 23rd, 2008, 08:28 AM   #13
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15 billion dollars?
that's a huge amount for Vietnam
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Old July 18th, 2009, 08:42 AM   #14
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Well I can confirm it's definitely being built, quite a few stretches of roads being dug up when I was there a couple of months ago... And boy does that city need a metro!
I have been to HCM twice in the last 8 months and those roads that are being dug up are for a new sewer system to reduce flooding!

No work has begun on the metro apart form some land purchases and intial depot site works. The city is desperately in need of the metro but the regular new metro PR pronoucements from the govt are not actually resulting in anything being built as yet.
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ADB lends Vietnam $1.1 billion to ease traffic gridlock in Ho Chi Minh City
14 December 2010

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - The Asian Development Bank has approved a $1.1 billion finance package for two major transportation projects that will help ease traffic gridlock in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's southern commercial hub, the bank said Tuesday.

The ADB said it will provide a $540 million loan for a $1.4 billion urban mass transit line and an additional $636 million loan for a $1.6 billion expressway project to the south of the city.

Germany's KfW Bankengrupe is also expected to provide $313 million for the mass transit line, with the European Investment Bank contributing $195 million and Vietnam's government providing the remainder, it said.

The Japanese government is to provide an additional $635 million for the expressway project and the Vietnamese government the remaining $337 million, the ADB said.

"These projects will significantly reduce traffic congestion, help lower traffic accidents, and abate carbon emissions," James Lynch, director of ADB's Transport and Urban Transport Division for Southeast Asia, said in a statement.

About 5.8 miles (9.3 kilometers) of the 7.1-mile (11.3-kilometer) mass transit line will be underground. It is expected to serve 213,000 passengers a day in its first year of operation in 2017, 300,000 a day by 2020, and more than 700,000 a day by 2035, the Manila-based development bank said.

After the 36-mile (57-kilometer) expressway opens in 2017, traffic will be able to bypass the city center, reducing east-west travel time by 80 percent and lowering traffic accidents by 10 percent, it said.

Ho Chi Minh City's current population of 9 million is expected to reach almost 14 million by 2025.

Motorbikes, which number about 28 million, currently dominate roads in Vietnam, which has a population of 86 million.
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Work on Metro in HCM City starts soon
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Construction of Metro Line 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, the first in the country, will begin on August 28, according to the Municipal Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).

Preparatory work has wrapped up after an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract to build the overhead section of the metro's first route was signed on May 16, said Le Khac Huynh, Deputy Director of MAUR.

The first 17.1-km stretch of the route is the overhead section, running from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 to the Suoi Tien Area in District 9. The overhead section, from Ba Son Shipyard in District 1, running through Van Thanh and Tan Cang in Binh Thanh District will take the Hanoi Highway to Suoi Tien Park . It will have 11 stations.

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As from what I've understand from the article, funding for Saigon Metro Line 1 has just approved and finalized last May. Line 2 construction seems ongoing as what the diagram suggests, in time with its opening by 2016 while Line 1 will commence in 2018.
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15 billion dollars?
that's a huge amount for Vietnam
That amount of money can be easily raised thanks to PPP (public-private partnership). There's the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan, Germany and other foreign lenders...
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City to get underground terminal
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HCM CITY — A 45,000 sq.m underground structural cluster including a terminal for metro systems and a trade center will be built underneath Le Loi Street and the Ben Thanh Market Square in HCM City's District 1.

The project, jointly set up by the city's Municipal Management Authority for Urban Railway (MAUR) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), promises to create a new face for the southern economic hub. Le Khac Huynh, deputy director of MAUR, said the cluster would start operations in 2017, at the same time as the Metro Line 1 and Line 2.


The terminal, built 40m underground, will consist of two parts: three storeys for four metro systems – the first floor for Line 1 and 3A, the second for Line 2, and the third for Line 4. These will be surrounded by retail shops. A trade centre covering 25,500sq.m will be located underground along Le Loi Street.

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