Illustrative image. (Photo: ​VOV​)

HCM City (VNA) – The HCM City People’s Committee has approved a scale construction model for the Mien Tay (Western) coach station on 20ha in Binh Chanh District’s An Phu Tay Commune.

It will replace the existing station in District 6.

Accessible by both road and waterway, it will lie at the junction of National Highway No.1A, the HCM City-Trung Lương Expressway and Nguyen Van Linh Avenue.

It is expected to handle 2,500 buses leaving for the Mekong Delta daily and 50,000 passengers.

The station will be designed based on transit-oriented development (TOD) principles, meaning it will have hotel, office, retail, and other commercial developments integrated into it like other public transport systems such as the metro Line No.3a, monorail No.2, and bus rapid transit systems.

It was originally planned to be built in Tan Kien Commune in Binh Chanh, but in 2014 the city sought the Ministry of Transport’s clearance to move it to An Phu Tay.

The Saigon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO), which will handle the development, has been instructed to complete the detailed construction plan by year-end.

The cost and other details are not known yet.

The People’s Committee has also approved the 1:500 plan for a new Mien Dong (Eastern) coach station in District 9 to replace the existing one in Binh Thanh District.

The 160,000sq.m facility will cost 4 trillion VND (179.32 million USD), according to SAMCO.

A fourth of it will actually lie in Binh Duong Province’s Di An Commune.

The bus station will include a 26-storey building for parking lots and public facilities, a two-storey building for bus stops, a five-storey building for storing goods and a 15-storey service and commercial building.-VNA