The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has pledged to provide assistance worth nearly 2.87 million USD for the central city of Da Nang to develop a sustainable urban transport system.

The pilot project is expected to be implemented within three years from July 2015, focusing on three main components: developing a bus transport system in the city’s inner areas, building public parking facilities and introducing shuttle bus services on short routes connecting residential areas and popular public sites.

After conducting survey in a number of Asian cities, the TMF selected Da Nang – a medium-sized and rapidly growing city – to carry out the pilot project supporting Vietnam’s transport. The city is also an entrance to the East-West Economic Corridor which links Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

The TMF was established in August 2014 by Japan’s car maker Toyota to assist non-profit organisations and research institutions to develop a more mobile society.

To date, it has provided up to 4.5 billion JPY (36.15 million USD) for programmes designed to eliminate barriers to mobility, making sound contributions to the development of automobile industries.-VNA