Hanoi looks to improve access to bus services hinh anh 1Passengers get on a bus in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) -
Hanoi is aiming for broader coverage by its bus network, so that 80-90 percent of residents in downtown areas can catch a bus by 2030.

This is part of Plan No 201/KH-UBND, issued by the municipal People’s Committee, on developing local public transport between 2021 and 2030.

Infrastructure for public transport will be developed under the plan, so as to ensure that by 2030, 80-90 percent of residents in downtown areas have a bus service within 500 metres of their home.

Hanoi will work to expand its public transport network to populous places such as residential areas and industrial parks, outlying districts, and socio-economic development centres, while ensuring the network’s connectivity with transport hubs and other transport modes.

Traffic will be managed in a way that prioritises public transport, while science and technology application will be increased in transport activities and communications will be enhanced to encourage people to use public transport.

Bus services currently meet 16.08 percent of travel demand in Hanoi, which falls short of expectations. The capital does, however, boast the largest bus network in the country, with 122 routes reaching all 30 district-level localities./.