Vientiane to Add More Public Bus Routes

The Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise has an ambitious plan to increase the number of buses and bus routes in Xangthong district.

The Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise has joined hands with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to improve public transport. The planned increase in buses and bus routes results from the fact that the Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise has been granted 42 buses from JICA, and 32 buses from the Kyoto administration in Japan.

The Director of the Vientiane State Bus Enterprise, Mr Khamphoune Temerath, said in an interview with the Vientiane Times early this month that the enterprise regularly assesses the roadworthiness of its bus fleet as part of efforts to ensure passenger safety in Vientiane and the provinces.

He said that the enterprise currently operates a total of 97 buses from Vientiane to the north and south of the country. Almost half of its fleet, comprising 42 buses, is only five years old and mostly services Vientiane. The company plans to remove from service vehicles that are over 10-15 years old, depending on their mechanical condition.

The enterprise has witnessed the successful operation of its student bus pass programme which was started last year and will continue for secondary school and National University of Laos students. The enterprise has sold 1,284 annual student bus passes at 400,000 kip and expects to sell more.

It hopes to offer passengers more user-friendly and convenient services under the Project to Enhance the Capacity of Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise Second Phase, taking place from 2016-2019 and supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The project aims to increase the number of bus passengers and encourage more people to use public transport to ease traffic problems in the capital.

Source: Lao News Agency