Ho Chi Minh City citizens and officials got a look at the new Blue & Grey trains that will run on the city’s Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien Metro Line with the release of pictures of the new trains by the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).
The new, aluminum alloy train will have three cars, each 19.5 meters long, and can travel at speeds up to 110 kilometers per hour on elevated stretches of the railway, and 80 kilometers per hour on the underground stretches.
The trains will initially be configured for three cars, which can carry 930 passengers, 147 of them seated. If warranted by traffic demands, trains can be configured to instead have four, five or six cars.
Hitachi, the Japanese contractor for the trains is currently conducting the final safety checks on the train before delivering it to the city this year.
|A view of the inside of the train. / Photo courtesy of HCMC MAUR|
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has limited travel from other countries and various Japanese experts, including staff from Hitachi are currently unable to come to the country, so the delivery of the first Hitachi train, scheduled for this month will be delayed.
The new train is one of 17 trains that HCMC has ordered from Hitachi to operate on the Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien Metro line. Based upon April deliver of the first train, test runs of the elevated sections of the rail line are scheduled for October, and like the delivery of the first train, these operational tests will now be delayed.
According to MAUR officials, the Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien line is now 75% complete. The line will cover a distance of 19.7 kilometers, from Long Binh in District 9 to Ben Thanh in District 1. The line will have 14 stations along its route, 11 elevated stations and three underground stations.