Ben Thanh bus terminal has been moved to Ham Nghi Street in District 1 to make way for the construction of HCM City’s first metro line. (Photo: baogiaothong.vn)

HCM City (VNA)
- Ho Chi Minh City's Management and Operation Centre for Public Transport has announced that it has started construction on a new Ben Thanh bus terminal on Ham Nghi Street in District 1.

The new bus terminal will cover an area of 5,700 sq.m, featuring 16 bus stops, electronic screens for passengers to check bus route info and schedules, and a public restroom.

Total investment cost is 7 billion VND (300,000 USD). The construction will be completed in two months.

Ben Thanh bus terminal was built in 1956 and has since remained one of the most important transportation hubs in the city.

In April, it was relocated to Ham Nghi street to give way for the construction of the city’s first metro line.

According to the terminal’s management centre, around 36 bus routes opertating 4,700 daily trips pass through Ben Thanh main station, accounting for 30 percent  of the city’s total bus traffic.

Its relocation has not affected bus operations as the new terminal is only 200 metres away.-VNA