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Hanoi promises free Wi-Fi on all buses to pull in passengers
Free internet connection will soon be available on every bus in Hanoi as the city is trying to make public transport more appealing in an attempt to curb traffic congestion.
Hanoi Transport & Services Corporation (Transerco), the state-run bus operator of the capital city, has completed installing devices to provide free Wi-Fi on the first 200 buses. Internet will cover the whole bus network by the second quarter next year.
According to Transerco’s report, in the first 10 months, the number of bus riders in the city reached 270 million, down 10 percent from the same period last year. It is expected to hit 328 million for the whole year.
To attract more passengers, Transerco is planning to upgrade over 300 bus stops with shelters in 2017 and build 525 new ones in 2018.
“We are trying to make sure that residents don't have to walk more than 300-500 meters to catch a bus," said Ha Huy Quang, deputy director of Hanoi Transport Department. He said 60 new routes will be added by 2020.
Hanoi has some 1,000 buses that transport about 500 million passengers each year, equivalent to 15 percent of the total travel demand. The number of passengers has dwindled down over the past few years due to a rise in personal vehicles.
The city is also building a metro rail system which it hopes can help reduce the number of motorbikes and cars on the streets.
Scientist: Breach dams to save orcas off Washington state
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Philippines detains 25 Chinese fishermen for suspected poaching
Philippine fishing authorities said on Tuesday they had detained 25 Chinese crew of two seized fishing boats on suspicion of poaching, a move that could further strain ties between two countries at odds over maritime sovereignty. A joint team from the Philippine coastguard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) captured the Chinese vessels on Monday sailing without permits between waters off Babuyan Island and Batanes province in the northern Philippines. The Chinese vessels… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
West Coast gets more snow and rain, causing flooding and closing schools
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Hanoi’s coffee shops with foreign style
There are many cafés with European or Asian style spaces in the heart of Hanoi.Kissaten – 28 Quoc Tu Giam Street Located in Quoc Tu Giam Street with narrow front area, Kissaten is somewhat out of sight. But once you step in the shop, you will feel lost in a space of Japanese design. The shop’s area is just two floors with all wooden interior, low table, sliding doors, square lamps, and cabinets, which are features of Japan. The second floor is favored with a big bookshelf which displays a… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
EAEU trade pact set to boost VN exports
Vietnamese businesses have been advised to study the Viet Nam – Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) free trade agreement so that they can capitalise on opportunities to boost exports to EAEU-member countries. Trade between Viet Nam and the region reached US$3.6 billion last year, a year-on-year increase of 6 per cent, which was modest compared to the potential, Hoang Quoc Vuong, deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, said at a recent seminar held in HCM City.The FTA, which took effect on October… chat_bubble_outline Read More...