Metro Line No.1 may be extended to Dong Nai and Binh Duong

The HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways has proposed the municipal government discuss with authorities of Dong Nai and Binh Duong a plan to extend Metro Line No. 1 to these two neighboring provinces in the years to come.

The agency asked the city government to hold a meeting in early November between the city and the two provinces to discuss issues over directions, locations of depots, and responsibilities of each party.

Metro Line No.1 connecting Ben Thanh Market and Suoi Tien Park has a total length of over 19.7 kilometers, the agency said. According to a proposal of the two provinces, the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways has worked with Japanese experts over the possibility of extending the line, specifically to Di An Town of Binh Duong and Bien Hoa City of Dong Nai. 

Early this year, the provincial government of Dong Nai has proposed the Ministry of Transport approve the extension of Metro Line No. 1 by 4.7 kilometers from Suoi Tien Park to Vung Tau intersection while Binh Duong suggested a 1.8 kilometer extension to the province.

The overhead and underground sections of Metro Line No.1 are under construction. The 19 kilometer elevated track of the mass rapid transit railway from Ba Son Shipyard in District 1 to Long Binh in District 9 is expected to be complete in mid-2017 and will start operation in 2018.

The whole project will be ready in 2020.

Source: The Saigon Times

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