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WiFi to Be Installed at Bus Stops Throughout Hanoi

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According to VnExpress, WiFi will be installed at 235 new bus stops across 12 of Hanoi's districts, while 365 existing stops will be upgraded to include internet connectivity.

The stations will be spread across Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Long Bien, Thanh Xuan, Hoan Kiem, Tay Ho, Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Hoang Mai, Dong Da and Ha Dong. 

Additionally, screens allowing passersby to access WiFi will be installed on 25 streets, though it is not clear exactly where. There is also no announced timeline for the bus stop upgrades, though the news source reports that the work will be funded through a public-private partnership, with private investors operating the stops for 20 years.

In August, city officials announced plans to build 300 WiFi-enabled bus shelters at bus stops in 17 outlying districts and Son Tay; it is unclear whether these plans cover the same areas.

Meanwhile, in September, municipal leaders also shared that up to 30 new bus routes will be added to the public transport network next year, part of an effort to boost mass transit usage.

VnExpress notes that public transportation currently only 15.7% of travel demand in Hanoi, with transport officials hoping to increase this rate to 17.3% by the end of this month. The city's fleet of roughly 2,000 buses serve about 1.2 million passengers per day, while there is still no timeline for the opening of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line.

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