`Rapid buses have the advantage of short construction time, low investment costs (equal to 1/40 of metro’s investment capital), large transport capacity with 200 seats and fast speed (about 40 km/h,

BRT has 2-3 times the transport capacity of buses and is much cheaper than metro.

According to Mr. Phuc, the BRT line along the Vo Van Kiet – Mai Chi Tho avenue corridor is the first line in the network of 6 BRT lines planned in Ho Chi Minh City.

The City People’s Committee has assigned the Urban Transport Construction Investment Management Board to be the investor and implement the Green Transport Development Project to build the first BRT route and on that basis will continue to develop other routes.

BRT line No. 1 (nearly 29 km long) with a capital of nearly 156 million USD will be started in 2014 and completed in mid-2018. The starting point of the line is at Mien Tay bus station and the ending point is at Cat Lai intersection (district

The world’s first BRT system was deployed in Curitiba City (Brazil) in 1974. According to statistics from the organization for sustainable transportation development (EMBARQ), by the end of 2012, there were 147 cities in the world.

6 BRT routes have been approved by the Prime Minister in Ho Chi Minh City:

– Route 1: runs along Vo Van Kiet – Mai Chi Tho avenue with a length of nearly 29 km.

– Route 2: Follow Nguyen Van Linh street from Mien Tay bus station to Phu My bridge, about 24 km long.

– Route 3: Along ring road 2 from An Suong intersection to the new Mien Tay bus station with a length of about 19 km.

– Route 4: Follow Tan Son Nhat – Binh Loi road from Kha Van Can street to Chien Thang park, about 14.5 km long.

– Route 5: Following Thoai Ngoc Hau – Inner Ring road – extending to Nguyen Van Linh street from Bon Xa intersection to Nguyen Van Linh street, nearly 9 km long.

– Route 6: Along Quang Trung street, in the direction of Monorail line 3, about 8.5 km long.