SAIGON TO CAN THO
train service has been proposed by the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh
City People’s Committee. It currently takes three hours to drive between the two cities. It will have a positive impact on the socio-economic development of the two cities, as well as such neighboring provinces as Long An, Tien Giang and Vinh Long. The railway route is expected to run along National Highway 1, passing a series of emerging urban areas, which cover some 11,720 square kilometers and are home to 14 million people. By 2020, about 31.8 million passengers will travel in the area on a yearly basis and some 2.9 million metric tons of freight will need to be transported every year. An assessment showed that the Ho Chi Minh City- Can Tho railway path would cost some USD2.8 billion, excluding the expenditure needed for area clearance. The railway route would cost over USD7.2 billion, of which site clearance accounted for USD2.1 billion.