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HCM City (VNA) - More public buses will operate in HCM City during Tet to meet the surge in demand during the holidays, officials from the Department of Transport told a conference on December 14.

According to the Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, 1,048 trips will be added on 17 routes, while 844 trips will be reduced on other routes where holiday demand is traditionally low.

To prevent congestion at bus terminals, bus will be allowed to depart as soon as they are 50 percent full.

The number of passengers at Mien Dong Bus Station is expected to increase by 3 percent year-on-year, with January 22 likely to be the busiest day with 56,000 passengers, Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy director of the station, said.

Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the Department of Transport, urged all bus stations to ensure bus parks and pick up and drop off passengers in an organised manner.

His department would co-ordinate with the police to tackle the problem of unlicensed buses operating outside or near bus stations, he said. –VNA