After many delays, HCMC’s metro line No.1 is now about 93% completed.
Construction began in August 2012, with the first metro line of Ho Chi Minh City planned to be finished in six years with a total length of 19.7km from Ben Thanh to Suoi Tien (Thu Duc).
After numerous delays, Ho Chi Minh City’s metro line No. 1 has reached its final phases and has just taken its first test run this morning (December 21, 2022).
This is a critical traffic project that is planned to open up a large-capacity mode of transportation, helping to solve people’s travel demands between the city’s center area and the eastern gateway. The metro line would use 17 Japanese-made trains with a capacity of 930 people.
The metro project No. 1 is known to have a total cost of more than 43.7 trillion VND (1.89 billion USD) and is supported by Japan’s ODA fund and Vietnam’s counterpart capital.
The highlight of the station is the 21.6 m high skylight.
One of three subterranean stations on metro line No.1 will be Ben Thanh. The remaining 11 stations are located on high ground. As a result, this station will have four floors, be 32 meters deep and 236 meters long, and is slated to be finished in the second quarter of next year. The second station, located near the City Theater, will likewise be underground, have four floors, and extend 33 meters into the ground.
Tan Cang Station (Binh Thanh) will be the largest elevated station, with a 6,200-square-meter roof composed of fiberglass reinforced plastic manufactured in Japan. The majority of the stations are already more than 90% finished.
The underground tracks are almost complete. The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 km/h underground.
The final stop will be located in front of the Mien Dong Bus Station in Thu Duc. Metro and bus stations near Binh Duong province are planned to boost regional connectivity, particularly after a tunnel, overpass, and pedestrian bridge are erected here.