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The Ho Chi Minh City Metro (Vietnamese: Dự án đường sắt đô thị Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, lit. 'Ho Chi Minh City urban railway project') is a planned rapid transit network that will serve Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The network was first proposed in 2001[2] as part of a comprehensive public transport network plan including Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces, with the aim of avoiding the severe traffic congestion problems that have affected other Asian cities (such as Hanoi).[3]

Ho Chi Minh City Metro
Native nameDự án đường sắt đô thị Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh
OwnerManagement Authority for Urban Railways
LocaleHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines1 (under construction)
7 (planned)
Number of stations14
Operation will start2020[1]
Headway2 minutes[2]
System length19.7 km (12.2 mi) (Line 1)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge[2]
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)[2]
System map

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Construction of Bến Thành station, August 2017
Construction near Tan Cang station, December 2014
Construction near Tan Cang station, February 2015

Most of the network is currently in the planning stages, with projects for different lines advancing as funds become available.

The network's first line, connecting Bến Thành Market and Suối Tiên Park in District 9, was originally scheduled for completion in 2014. A groundbreaking ceremony for Line 1 was held on 21 February 2008. However, due to funding issues, construction only started in 2012, pushing the project completion date to 2018. [4][5][6]

On 13 September 2017, the authorities announced that Line 1 will be delayed for two years. Cost overrun, audits and delayed payments to contractors contributed to the delay. The targeted completion date is now set at 2020.[1]

On 28 January 2019, MAUR Director of Project Management Unit, Duong Huu Hoa stated that construction progress of Line 1, as of December 2018 has reached 62%, below the target of 65%. The project has been criticised in the local press for its repeated delays[7].

Construction of Line 2 was initially scheduled to begin in 2013, with operations beginning in 2018. However, on 13 September 2017, the local authorities have requested to the Prime Minister to push back the construction of the second line to 2020. No reason was given for the delay. The estimated cost of the line has also ballooned from $1.3 billion to more than $2.1 billion.


Current planEdit

The latest plan is approved in 8 April 2013, by Decision No. 568/QĐ-TTg.[8] According to that plan, Ho Chi Minh city urban railways system includes:[9]

2013 master plan
Line color Line Line name Length (km) Stations Terminus Note
Sài Gòn line (S) 19.7 14 Bến ThànhSuối Tiên Park Under construction[10]

Option to extend to Biên Hoà or Bình Dương

Bà Quẹo line (B) 48 42 Northwest Town (Củ Chi) ↔ Thủ Thiêm Phase 1: Bến Thành-Tham Lương with 11 stations. [11]
Tân Kiên line (K) 19.8 17 Bến Thành ↔ Tân Kiên Option to extend to Tân An
Thị Nghè line (N) 12.2 10 Cộng Hoà Junction ↔ Hiệp Binh Phước Option to extend to Thủ Dầu Một and connect with Bình Dương Metro
Gò Vấp line (G) 35.75 32 Thạnh Xuân ↔ Hiệp Phước
Tân Sơn Nhất line (T) 3.2 3 Gia Định Park (Line 4) ↔ Lăng Cha Cả (Line 5) Phase 1: Tân Sơn Nhất Airport - Lăng Cha Cả[12]
Cần Giuộc line (C) 23.39 22 New Cần Giuộc Bus Station ↔ Saigon Bridge Phase 1: Bảy Hiền-Saigon Bridge[13]
Đầm Sen line (Đ) 6.8 7 Bà Quẹo Junction ↔ Phú Lâm Junction

The plan also includes 3 lines of tramway and monorail:

2013 master plan
Line description Length (km) Stations Route Note
Tramway 1 12.8 6 Ba Son (Line 1) - Võ Văn Kiệt - Lý Chiêu Hoàng - Current Western Bus Station (Bến xe Miền Tây) Option to extend to Bình Quới
Monorail 2 27.2 ? National Highway 50 - Xuân Thuỷ (District 2) - Bình Quới
Monorail 3 16.5 ? Junction Nguyễn Oanh and Phan Văn Trị - Quang Trung Software City - Tân Chánh Hiệp Railway Station

Revised plan in 2007Edit

The Ho Chi Minh City Metro project is managed by the city's Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR), a government unit working directly under the Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.[14] The 2007 plan put forth by this unit calls for no less than six urban rail lines. The city’s transport development master plan to 2020 envisages developing three monorail or light rail lines with a total length of 37 kilometres (23 mi) and six underground metro routes with a total length of 107 kilometres (66 mi).[15] Bến Thành Market in District 1, already a major hub for bus traffic, will become a major hub connecting several lines.

2007 master plan[16]
Line Length (km)   Stations  Route
19.7 14 Bến Thành MarketSuối Tiên Park, District 9
11.3[17] 11 Bến Thành Market–Tham Luong, District 12
10.4 ? Bến Thành MarketBình Tân
16 ? Lang Cha Ca, Tân Bình–Van Thanh Park, Bình Thạnh District
17 ? Thủ Thiêm, District 2–Cần Giuộc, District 8
6 ? Ba Queo, Tân Bình–Phu Lam, District 6

Line 1Edit

The proposed map of Line 1

On April 10, 2007, the city government approved the US$1.1 billion Line 1. It will run for 19.7 km from Bến Thành Market, underground for 2.6 km past the Opera House, Ba Son Shipyard, and then cross the Saigon River on an elevated track, passing through District 2 on the way to Suối Tiên Park and the terminus in Long Bình in District 9. In total, Line 1 will include 14 stations, with three of these being underground. [16]

Work to build a US$28 million depot in Long Binh for Line 1 began on February 21, 2008.[18][19] Construction of the elevated section, east of the Saigon River, started in August 2012.[20] The contract for the 3-station underground segment was to follow shortly after. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation will provide US$904.7 million to meet 83% of the cost, and the city government US$186.6 million.[15]

Completion of Line 1 was originally planned for early 2018,[20] but is now planned for 2020.[1] Planners expect the route to serve more than 160,000 passengers daily upon launch, increasing to 635,000 by 2030 and 800,000 by 2040. All stations along the route are expected to accommodate the disabled, with automatic ticket vending machines, telephone booths, restrooms, subway doors and information bulletins accessible to the handicapped and visually impaired.[19]

Line 2Edit

The proposed map of Line 2

Plans for the US$1.2 billion Line 2 were submitted in November 2008 by MVA Asia Limited[21] and approved by the government in December 2008. This line will include 11 stations stretching between Bến Thành Market and Tham Luong in District 12, following a route through Pham Hong Thai, Cach Mang Thang Tam and Trường Chinh streets. Out of the main section's total length of 11.3 km, 9.6 km will be underground.[17] Major stations will include Trường Chinh (Tay Ninh Bus Station), near Tan Son Nhat Airport, and Hòa Hưng, near Saigon Railway Station. An extension of Line 2 east of Bến Thành Market to Thủ Thiêm New was originally proposed by MVA; this extension would bring the line's total length to 19 km.[5][22]

The project's projected cost will be financed by the German Bank for Reconstruction, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.[5][23] In February 2008, the German government announced EUR 86 million of funding towards the project.[18] Metro line No. 2 was scheduled to start construction in 2013, but due to various difficulties, HCM has asked the Government to delay to 2020. This line is expected to be completed in 2024. [24]

Line 3Edit

The third metro line would span the distance between Bến Thành Market to the east and An Lac in Bình Tân District to the west,[16] passing through Districts 5 and 6—the area known as Cholon, or "Chinatown". Fewer details have emerged about the third line than the others, although the city's People's Committee is reported to have approached the French government for funding and support.[25] A 2006 document suggested a possible extension of Line 3 north of Bến Thành Market to Thủ Đức District, although officials have yet to confirm whether this extension will be built.[22]

Line 4Edit

Spanish consulting company Ardanuy Ingenieria won a contract in October 2009 to provide a feasibility study of Line 4 of the six-line project.[16] This line would stretch 16 km from Lang Cha Ca crossroad in Tân Bình District (near Tan Son Nhat Airport) to Van Thanh Park in Bình Thạnh District.

Lines 5-6Edit

On April 4, 2009, Spain's IDOM, Ingeniería, Arquitectura y Consultoría S.A. signed a contract with HCMC Urban Railway to provide a feasibility study for lines 5 (from Thủ Thiêm, District 2 to Can Giuoc, District 8 – 20 km) and 6 (Ba Queo, Tân Bình to Phu Lam, District 6 – 6 km). The study was to be completed within 12 months.[26]

In September 2010 Spanish company GEV signed an agreement with HCM City's Management Board of Urban Railway to build the first phase of the Metro 5 route between Sai Gon Bridge and Bay Hien Intersection in Tân Bình District. Work on the route is expected to begin by the end of April 2011.[27]

In September 2013 agreement was reached with the Asian Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the Spanish Government to provide Euro850m to finance the construction of line 5 - with any additional provided by the Vietnamese Government. A revised construction start of 2015 was provided.[28]

Other linesEdit

China Shanghai Corporation for Foreign Economic & Technological Cooperation (Sfeco) has carried out a pre-feasibility study for a 12 km Nguyen Oanh-Nguyen Van Linh Metro route, between Gò Vấp District and District 4.[29] A 2006 document indicated that a subsidiary line connecting the line to Tan Son Nhat Airport and a southward extension to Nhà Bè District may have been considered.[22]

Initial 2001 planEdit

According to the original master plan submitted in February 2001, the inner metro system would comprise the following routes, many of which have been adapted or superseded by the more recent 2007 plan. The plan was originally expected to cost US$1.5 billion over 10 years, as part of a US$3.35 billion program to build a rail network serving Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces.[30]

2001 master plan[2][3]
Line description Length (km) Stations
Northwest–Southwest (including Bến Thành MarketTan Son Nhat Airport) 46.86 44
Inner Belt (including Bến Thành MarketBình Tây Market, Cholon) 43.14 45
Hòa Hưng, District 10–Hanoi Highway–Thủ Thiêm, District 2 21 18
Bến Thành Market - District 2District 9 - Thủ Đức District 27.5 18
Hòa Hưng, District 10–Hiệp Bình Chánh, Thủ Đức DistrictBiên Hòa 46 42

Priority linesEdit

Three lines were considered a priority of the 2001 plan, two of them fully or partly underground and one fully elevated:[3]

  1. A 7.5-kilometre (4.7 mi) north-south line, partly underground and partly elevated, connecting Tan Son Nhat Airport and Bến Thành Market, via Hòa Hưng in District 10;
  2. A 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) east-west line, fully underground, connecting Bến Thành Market with Bình Tây Market in Cholon, similar to Line 3 of the 2007 plan;
  3. An 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) southwest-northeast line, fully elevated, connecting Hòa Hưng in District 10 to Binh Trieu in Thủ Đức District, following existing railway lines.

Proposed extensions to these lines included: extending the Tan Son Nhat line north to Quang Trung Software Park, eventually expanding further to the northwest and southwest to create a much longer 47 km line; extending the Bình Tây/Cholon line to form a circular "Inner Belt" Line, which would loop around the airport; and building a doubletrack elevated express line to extend the Hòa Hưng-Binh Trieu line out to Biên Hòa.[3]

Other linesEdit

Other lines to be built according to the 2001 plan included a 27.5-kilometre (17.1 mi) line connecting Bến Thành Market to Thủ Đức District, via Districts 2 and 9, similar to (but distinct from) Line 1 of the 2007 plan, and a 16-kilometre (9.9 mi) line from Hòa Hưng in District 10 to Bình Chánh District.[3]

Several more inter-city rail lines were planned, including a Long Binh-Hóc Môn route, a Hóc Môn–Bình ChánhTiền Giang route, a Thủ Đức–Long Bình–Long ThànhVũng Tàu route and a Thủ Thiêm–Long Bình–Vũng Tàu route.[2]

Technical specificationsEdit

The 2001 plan proposed the following technical parameters:[2]

  • Platform length: 125 metres (410 ft)
  • Average distance between stations 700–1,300 metres (2,300–4,300 ft)
  • Maximum speed: 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)
  • Headway: 4 min. (min. 2 min.)
  • Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
  • Vehicle width: 3 metres (9.8 ft)

Fares and ticketingEdit

To encourage high ridership, fares on the Ho Chi Minh City Metro network will be set low, on the order of VND 2,500 (about US$0.16). By comparison, bus fares within the city are generally VND 3,000 (as of 2013, bus fares are at around VND 5,000 to VND 7,000 [31][32]). A common farecard, valid on both the metro network and bus network, will be made available as well.[33]

See alsoEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Robert Schwandl (2007). "Ho Chi Minh City Metro". Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Ho Chi Minh City plans to build a metro network". International Railway Journal. 1 May 2002. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
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  6. ^ "Work starts on Ho Chi Minh City metro line". International Railway Journal. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
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  8. ^ "Decision 568/QĐ-TTg". Thu Vien Phap Luat. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
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  10. ^ "TP HCM khởi công ga ngầm metro Bến Thành". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  11. ^ "TPHCM khởi công tuyến tàu điện ngầm số 2". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  12. ^ "5 tuyến metro của TP HCM đang triển khai đến đâu?". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  13. ^ "TPHCM: Tuyến metro số 2 và 5 đủ vốn vẫn chưa thể khởi công". Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Overview of Management Authority for Urban Railways". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
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  16. ^ a b c d "Ho Chi Minh City Metro". Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  17. ^ a b "City sets to start construction of metro route No.2". Thanh Nien. Sai Gon Giai Phong. 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  18. ^ a b "Ho Chi Minh City breaks ground". Railway Gazette International. 28 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  19. ^ a b Duc Trung (18 February 2008). "Vietnam's first subway line ready to break ground". Thanh Nien.
  20. ^ a b "Work starts on Ho Chin Minh City metro Line 1". Railway Gazette International. 31 August 2012.
  21. ^ Dinh Muoi (30 November 2008). "Plans for HCMC's second metro route submitted". Thanh Nien. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  22. ^ a b c MVA Asia Ltd (October 2006). "Preparing the Ho Chi Minh City Metro Rail System Project: Technical Assistance Reports" (PDF). Asian Development Bank. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  23. ^ Dinh Muoi (11 December 2008). "HCMC's subway route No.2 approved". Thanh Nien. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  24. ^ TheLEADER.VN (2018-01-18). "HCM City calls for additional US$17.8 billion in eight urban railway routes". TheLEADER. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  25. ^ Tran Tam (12 June 2009). "City seeks French support for metro project". Thanh Nien. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  26. ^ Minh Quang (7 April 2009). "Spanish firm signs metro deal". Thanh Nien. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  27. ^ "Subterranean urban projects receive funds". VietNam Net. 13 September 2010. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  28. ^ "City Metro Project receives Euro850 million funding". SGGP. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  29. ^ "China investor likely to replace Russian firms in subway project". The SGT Daily. October 2006. Archived from the original on 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  30. ^ "Ho Chi Minh City Metro Plan". International Railway Journal. January 2001. Archived from the original on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  31. ^ "Bus fares to be increased since October 1 in Hanoi". VNExpress. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  32. ^ "Bus fares to be increased in Ho Chi Minh city". VNExpress. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  33. ^ David M. Lenard (3 November 2004). "Ho Chi Minh's subway dreams". Asia Times. Retrieved 2010-06-11.

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