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Hanoi Begins Using E-Cards on New Bus Rapid Transit Route

As of yesterday, electronic cards have been available for use on the Kim Ma-Yen Nghia BRT route.

The e-cards will help link the public bus systems with future forms of transport in the capital, such as the long-awaited metro, according to Hanoi Transport and Services Corporation (Transerco).

According to Dan Tri, passengers wishing to get their hands on an e-card can ask employees at Kim Ma, Nui Truc, Hoang Dao Thuy or Yen Nghia bus stations. It’s also possible to register for a new card online.

For those taking only one journey, single-use e-tickets are also available and can be scanned at bus stops. The cards themselves, however, can be topped up for ongoing use.

So far, the new system is only a pilot program being carried out on one bus route. If, after six months to one year, the scheme proves successful, e-cards may be adopted across all BRT routes and metro systems.

As the pilot program will only be functioning on one route, a QR code stamp will be pasted onto the regular bus cards of inter-district monthly-pass holders.

Currently, the minimum cost of a bus ride in Hanoi is VND7,000, but this will be halved when using the E-cards for shorter journeys.

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