Ho Chi Minh city held a ceremony to launch the Environmental Friendly Bus Route 33.

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On March 1, a ceremony was held by Department of Transportation along with Saigon Cooperative Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO) to hand over 23 CNG-fuelled buses to the ‘May 19’ Bus Transport Cooperative, reports Tuoi Tre

The buses are part of the project to manufacture 300 CNG-fuelled buses for the city between SAMCO and the municipal People’s Committee, said Tran Quoc Toan, SAMCO general director. These buses use Compressed Natural Gas, methane stored at intense pressure, as their fuel, which releases much less undesirable gases than the currently-in-use gasoline and Diesel Fuel. Also according to Toan, these are the innovators of environmentally friendly vehicles, suitable for public transportation in modern cities such as Ho Chi Minh.

Speaking at the event, Huynh Thanh Dat, vice president of Vietnam National University claimed that the bus route No.33, connecting An Suong Station in Hoc Mon District with Vietnam National University in Thu Duc will play an important role in helping 30,000 students as well as University’ employees travel to school. In February, Department of Transportation claimed that there would be two bus routes fully operated by CNG-fuelled buses, including the aforementioned bus route 33 and Bus route 104 from An Suong Station to University of Agriculture. Nguyen Van Trieu, director of ‘May 19’ Bus Transport Cooperative, said that the project is sponsored by the government and budgeted with VND63 billion (US$2.8 million), coming from the investment of the Cooperative’s members.