45 MINUTE

SAIGON TO CAN THO

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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.

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