The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on July 4 organised a conference to review the feasibility study of a project to open an express bus service in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event was a meeting place for the two countries’ experts to share the outcomes of the 2010-2013 feasibility study and the design of the express bus service.

During the reviewed period, KOICA provided a nonrefundable aid worth 2 million USD for the feasibility study of the express bus service and offered the basic and detailed design for a pilot bus route.

KOICA Chief Representative in Vietnam Kim In said local people in HCM City will benefit from a safe and convenient urban transport system if the project is executed.

He expressed his hope that with the three-year efforts of both countries’ experts, the project will be approved and implemented as soon as possible.

According to the study, the express bus service will help ease traffic problems in HCM City, and the 40 percent increase in bus speed will raise the number of public passengers, help protect locals’ health and improve the city’s urban environment.-VNA