France will provide VND35 billion for a project to help Hanoi limit the use of private vehicles and encourage city dwellers to use public transportation.
Nguyen Hoang Linh, Vice Director of the Hanoi Department of Transport, said this is a critical investment as the number of private vehicles has increased sharply and local people have interest in taking public transport.
The project, which will be implemented in 2012-2013, aims to improve the quality of public transport services in Hanoi and upgrade infrastructure for buses, which should help reduce traffic jams and the need to use private vehicles.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi Urban Planning and Development Association Dao Ngoc Nghiem said there are many obstacles between public and private transport in Hanoi and many other cities. The public transport system is weak and there is a huge number of private vehicles. The city’s 1,000 buses do not meet the demands of local people and they are large and cumbersome, which creates a negative effect on the overall transport system.