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Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project Underway: Line #1 (Blue Line) and Line #2 (Red Line)

Click on this link for the source document: Preparing the Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project, Technical Assistance Report, Oct 2006 (MVA Asia Limited), pdf file, 19pp.

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Metro Line No. 1 is the Blue Line shown on the map below.

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Metro Line No. 1 project to get going September 2012 (Blue Line)

HCMC, May 17, 2012. HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin on Wednesday urged district authorities to promptly hand over cleared site for the Metro Line No. 1 project to get off the ground in September this year.

He was speaking at the signing ceremony of a contract to build the overhead section of the Metro Line No. 1 running from Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien Theme Park. The deal was signed between the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railways and the contractor being a consortium of Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Vietnam’s Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 6 (Cienco 6).

There are still two other packages, including a package for construction of the underground section connecting Ben Thanh Market and Ba Son Shipyard and one for mechanical-electrical devices and maintenance.

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ADB to lend another US$ 500 million to city’s second metro line (Red Line)

HCMC, May 18, 2012. – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend an additional US$500 million to HCMC to develop the underground section of Metro Line No. 2.

A trial run of the metro line is expected to take place in 2017. Work on the underground tunnel and stations, funded by ADB, will start in April 2013 before the main component gets off the ground in June 2013.

Fencing and ground leveling in Tham Luong Depot in District 12 began in August 2010 and is planned for completion in the third quarter this year. Site clearance, however, has yet to be finished.

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ADB-supported metro rail to ease congestion in Hanoi

Mar 29, 2011. The Asian Development Bank today approved a $ 293 million loan to support a $ 1 billion metro rail project in Hanoi.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-supported rail line is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The new rail link will stretch from Hanoi’s main railway station in Hoan Kiem district to Nhon, in Tu Liem district, 12.5 kilometres to the west. Over 150,000 people a day are expected to use it initially, with the number rising to almost half a million a day by 2030.

The line, also funded by the government of France and the European Investment Bank, is one of four priority metro lines planned for the capital’s metropolitan area. Hanoi’s Urban Transport Master Plan aims to get half the city using public transport by 2020.

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ADB Agrees to Lend Vietnam $ 540 million for HCM City Metro Line No. 2 (Red Line)

Ho Chi Minh City Metro Line 2 - Map with stations

The proposed map of Ho Chi Minh City Metro Line 2 (Red Line) – Ben Thanh Market – Tham Luong Depot

Mar 11, 2011. The Asian Development Bank agreed to lend Vietnam $ 540 million for the construction of a subway line to reduce traffic congestion in Ho Chi Minh City, according to a statement from the lender released in Hanoi today.

Total investment for the project is about $ 1.37 billion, according to a separate government statement handed out at the signing ceremony today. Construction will start in 2012 and a test run is planned for 2016, the statement said.

“We are fully aware that the real challenge is to change the people’s mindset,” Ayumi Konishi, the ADB’s country director for Vietnam said. “We sincerely hope public transportation will be supported by people in Ho Chi Minh City as improved and cheaper transport will create business opportunities, reduce congestion, and improve the quality of life.”

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