The central city of Da Nang will apply intelligent transport solutions (ITS) to develop its public transport system, including promoting social investment in the bus network.

Currently, the city has six bus routes and 116 buses which are expected to increase to 11 routes and 160 buses in 2015, as heard at a workshop which opened in the city on July 8.

Da Nang became an official member of CityNet in 2005.

Established in 1987, CityNet is the largest association of urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

As of 2013, CityNet had 130 members from over 20 nations around the world, including Da Nang, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.

Speaking at the workshop, Professor Doctor Vu Thi Minh from the Association of Cities of Vietnam (ACVN) highlighted transportation as the lifeline of urban economies.

Sustainable urban transport development is based on the three pillars of economics, social affairs and the environment, she noted.

Motorbike transport and pavement culture are the two most outstanding features in most Vietnamese cities, experts said, adding that among means of transport, high-capacity public options are an effective solution for densely populated and centralised economies.

Major Vietnamese cities are looking to develop public transport, experts said.

The workshop is organised by the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) and the Da Nang Foreign Office and Department of Transport.-VNA