Agreement on Da Nang urban railway hinh anh 1Representatives of Da Nang’s Transport Department and Seoul Metro Corporation of the Republic of Korea sign a Memorandum of Understanding on urban railway development and research in Da Nang on January 17  (Source: VNA)

Da Nang (VNA) – Da Nang’s transport department and the Republic of Korea’s Seoul Metro corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in urban railway development and public traffic research at a ceremony in the central city on January 16.

The MoU will help the central city boost ‘smart and green’ transport measures and build Da Nang as a smart and green city by 2025.

As planned, the two sides will start pre-feasibility studies of some projects including subway, tramway, sky road and metro system for the city’s internal traffic in the coming years.

Chairman and CEO of Seoul Metro Kim Tae-ho said development of an urban railway system would help cement Da Nang’s status as a favourite beach destination in central Vietnam. It will also develop a connection with the East-West Economic Corridors (EWEC) that links Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

Kim said the urban rail system developed by Seoul Metro company in the RoK provides major daily transport for 6 million commuters.

Director of the city’s transport department, Le Van Trung said the urban railway, subway and tramway would help meet the transit needs of the rapidly urbanising city in the near future.

He said the development of mass public transit aimed to reduce carbon emissions as well as overcrowding and traffic congestion in the tourism hub.

According to the city’s Master Plan, Da Nang will develop five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes, 14 regular bus routes, three metro routes and two tramways by 2020.

With a population of 900,000, Da Nang has outgrown its current public transit system, which has only 48 buses traveling along five routes.

Local people make 2.1 million journeys each day, of which 80 percent are via motorbike, according to the city’s transport department.

In 2013, the World Bank agreed to provide 202 million USD for a 272-million USD sustainable development project to help improve the city’s Bus Rapid Transit network, build new roads and revamp the existing drainage system.

The WB also funded a five-year priority infrastructure project of the city, funding 70 percent of the total investment of 218.4 million USD in 2008-13. - VNA