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HCM City (VNA) - An environmentally-friendly bus route No. 33 from the An Suong Bus Station in Hoc Mon district to Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City in Thu Duc district was launched this week.

Fifty-two buses on the route all run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

At the inauguration ceremony, the city's Saigon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO) transferred 23 CNG busses for the 19-5 Transport Co-operative.

Tran Quoc Toan, SAMCO general director, said the buses were part of a project to manufacture 300 CNG buses, assigned by the municipal People's Committee.

CNG buses are environmental friendly and suitable for public transport in modern urban areas, Toan added.

At the event, Huynh Thanh Dat, deputy director of Vietnam National University-HCM City said that bus route No.33 will help 30,000 students and university's staff travel to school.

The cooperative spent 63 billion VND (2.83 million USD) to buy 23 of the total 52 CNG buses, according to Nguyen Van Trieu, director of the 19-5 Transport Co-operative.

Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the HCM City Transport Department, said the city was deploying a project to invest in 1,680 new buses to replace 1,318 old buses on routes that began 13 years ago.

Minh has told the cooperative to increase the quality of customer service, especially staff attitude towards customers.-VNA