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HCM City (VNA) - Transport firms in HCM City have begun to add more buses to meet demand during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which begins in late January.

The number of passengers travelling from Mien Dong Bus Station is expected to increase by 3 percent during the holiday compared to last year, to 56,000 on a peak day, a representative of the station said.

To ensure better service during the Lunar New Year holiday, Mien Dong Bus Station has ensured that buses will be parked in an orderly fashion and they will pick up and drop off passengers in an organised manner.

The bus station has worked with local police and police inspectors to resolve the problem of illegal and counterfeit buses operating outside or near the bus station during the holiday.

Some bus companies operating at Mien Dong Bus Station have begun to sell tickets for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Phuc Thuan Thao Company said that tickets for Tet began selling in late November.

An Thien Phuc Company said tickets for the holiday, with surcharges from HCM City to Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon and Da Nang, would be priced between 320,000 VND and 575,000 VND (15-25 USD), effective from January 9 to 27.

Do Van Quang, Director of the Saigon Railway Transport Joint-Stock Company, said the Saigon Railway Station had upgraded several high-quality carriages to serve passengers during the holiday.

The railway station began selling a total of 17,500 train tickets for the holiday on November 10.

To meet the demand for goods transport, the Saigon Railway Station will also run trains carrying goods between Hanoi and HCM City during the Lunar New Year.

The trains will depart from Giap Bat Railway Station (close to Hanoi) and Song Than Railway Station (close to HCM City) to prevent congestion at the Hanoi and HCM City railway stations.

According to the Public Transport Operation and Management Centre, the centre will add 1,048 bus trips on 17 bus routes and reduce the number of bus trips to 844 on other less busy bus routes during the New Year.

The Mien Tay (Western) Bus Station will add 25 buses on Friday afternoon (Dec 30) and Saturday morning (Dec 31) to serve passengers who want to travel to the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces.-VNA