On 07 December 2019, SMMR kicked off the Bus Audit in Can Tho Metropolitan Region. The UK-based transport consultants of ITP visited the region to discuss the options for governance, operations and viable business models of public transport with the local stakeholders.
At the current stage, the public bus network in Can Tho and the surrounding provinces Vinh Long, Dong Tap, Kien Giang, An Giang and Hau Giang provides for basic needs only. Its buses and infrastructure are old and the network provides little penetration of residential areas where large numbers of people live. Additionally, a network higher-priced so-called fixed-route services is largely redundant to the public bus, which complicates a viable business model for both services.
The provinces of Can Tho Metropolitan Region have developed a variety of plans and approaches to revive their public transport network. However, a range of factors, such as inefficient operation models for interprovincial routes, these plans could not be fully implemented.
With the Bus Audit, SMMR aims to support the provincial governments to cooperatively develop a viable model for public transport in the metropolitan region. The British sustainable transport planning consultancy ITP will analyse the public transport supply and review the challenges of the institutional framework of public transport in Can Tho Metropolitan Region. With the review, the consultant Jeh Chan will develop recommendations on governance of the metropolitan public bus network and business models that shall enable the provinces to deliver and plan public transport in Can Tho Metropolitan Region. The results shall be presented in March 2020.