Hanoi to launch first CNG-fuelled bus routes hinh anh 1Hanoi will pilot three bus routes using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from August 1. (Photo: tienphong.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi will pilot three bus routes using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from August 1, according to the city’s Department of Transport.

The proposed routes are from My Dinh Bus Station to Son Tay Bus Station, Yen Nghia Bus Station to Dang Xa Urban Area and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Times City. The three routes will be managed by Bao Yen Tourism, Construction and Services Co. Ltd.

Buses, which have a capacity of carrying 50 passengers, will run every 15-20 minutes with fares of 9,000 VND (38 US cents) on the first and second routes and 8,000 VND (0.34 US cents) on the third one.

According to the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, CNG has many advantages. It does not adversely affect human health or the environment and compared with other fuels CNG is cheaper so it can help reduce production costs.

Experts say the price for 1 tonne of CNG is about 318 USD, nearly half the price of gasoline and 42 percent of the price of diesel. They calculated that buses running on CNG would save 8,308 USD in fuel compared to diesel each year.

The buses were supposed to go into operation on July 1 but there were delays due to the development of the gas pipelines and CNG filling stations, the centre said.

There is currently only one CNG filling station in Hanoi at Bao Yen’s headquarters in Dong Anh district.-VNA