Workers shun free bus services

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Workers shun free bus services

Free bus services in the Amata and Bien Hoa 2 industrial zones in southern Dong Nai province’s Bien Hoa city have attracted only 26,000 passengers in the first two months of the pilot operation, according to the provincial Department of Transport.

Amata and Bien Hoa 2 IZs had just 26,000 passengers in 2 months

Free bus services in the Amata and Bien Hoa 2 industrial zones in southern Dong Nai province’s Bien Hoa city have failed to attract workers after two-month pilot operations.

The department said it was a modest amount compared to the estimated 100,000 workers operating in the province’s two biggest industrial zones.

After two months into the pilot operation, the department said its 12 11-seat coaches running 4km from the industrial parks’ gates to their inner factories and companies had never been full.

Nguyen Van Vui, a worker at the Namyang Company in Amata Industrial Zone, said he preferred using his own motorbike because his rented room was quite far from work with no bus route between the two places.

"We don’t even mind paying for the services, but it should be expanded to connect the industrial zones with other areas that have large numbers of workers," he said.

A worker at the Teawangvina Company in Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone, Nguyen Thanh Nhan, said: "I was pleased to hear about the free bus services, but they are not helpful at all due to their short routes."

A driver of the route within the industrial zone said almost all workers found the services’ management procedures complicated and had not received accurate information about the services.

"We are required to note down passengers’ IDs," he said. "But right after being asked for IDs, they get off the bus because they are afraid that their wages will be deducted, even though the services are totally free of charge."

The provincial Transport Department director, Nguyen Van Diep, said the services had been operating for only two months, which explained the shortcomings.

"We are making efforts to encourage workers to use the free bus services because they help workers save time and money, and it also reduces transport costs and prevents traffic jams within the industrial zones during rush hours."

"Besides providing workers with more information on the services, we will adjust the routes after three months of the pilot operation," Diep said. "Formalities to use the services will also be simplified."

Deputy director of the department, Tran Van Quang, said the department was considering to re-route the bus services and ask for more assistance from the provincial People’s Committee to expand the routes, enabling workers to travel more conveniently.

"We will consider the feasibility of the services then expand them in the other 27 industrial zones in the province," he added.

The department reported that there was an average of 156 passengers in the Amata Industrial Zone and 292 in Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone using the free bus services daily.

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