City Interventions

Can Tho Bus Priority Corridor

Country: Vietnam
City: Can Tho

CDIA SupportUS$ 565,000

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement

Key City Development Issues

Can Tho has a strategic role in promoting the development of a metropolitan-level public transport being Viet Nam’s largest city in the Mekong Delta region. However, the current public transport system in the city is characterized by underdeveloped bus network and infrastructure, very low ridership (less than 1% of modal share) and a lack of government supervision. Meanwhile, motorcycles remain the dominant mode of transport at 79% of the total trips made.

The national government articulated in its Masterplan on Regional Development of Transportation in Major Cities in Viet Nam the need to regulate the use of personal vehicles and strengthen its public transport. In July 2020, the Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions in ASEAN (SMMR) released their findings on the Regional Bus Network Review, which identified, among others, pilot bus priority corridor route options within the vicinity of Can Tho that can enhance the efficiency of their bus systems.

Details of Cooperation

Using the SMMR study as a starting point, the CDIA-supported project preparation study (PPS) is envisioned to improve the Mekong Delta region’s public transport system and enable a shift toward greener, climate-friendly, and more sustainable mobility. It entails the development of preliminary concepts for three identified bus corridors, out of which, a priority corridor will be selected for further study. CDIA will then develop preliminary designs for the priority investment components covering bus stations, intermodal links, and junction designs, among others. It will also conduct financial, economic, environmental, social, and gender due diligence; and include climate-proofing measures for the investments. The PPS will further recommend a Quality Bus Partnership scheme that can make the bus system more attractive to the public.

Expected Development Impacts

When completed, the priority bus system is expected to provide smart mobility and efficiency in the transportation sector. Moreover, accessibility and connectivity as a result of the new and improved public transport infrastructure is likely to increase land values and investment opportunities along the transport corridors in the Can Tho Metropolitan Region.

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