HCMC Metro to Commence Inaugural Trial Run Covering Entire Line this Month
HCMC’s Metro Line No.1 is set to achieve a significant milestone as it prepares for a comprehensive test run covering the entire 19.7-km-long track. This marks the first time a train will operate along the complete line, following three previous trial runs that focused on specific elevated sections.
The Japanese contractor, Hitachi, responsible for the metro’s construction and operation, has outlined plans to ensure safety during the test run. The number of passengers on board will be limited to under 20.
To date, Line No.1 has undergone three trial runs, all conducted on elevated sections. The initial test run took place late last year, covering nearly nine kilometers with stops at five stations. The second trial run occurred on April 15, with the presence of government officials, followed by another on April 27.
All trains used on Metro Line No.1 are manufactured in Japan. Each three-car train spans 61.5 meters and can accommodate up to 930 passengers. Operating speeds reach 110 kph on elevated sections and 80 kph in the underground section. However, for the upcoming test run, the train will operate at a reduced speed below its maximum capability.
HCMC’s first metro line, with a total cost exceeding VND 43.7 trillion ($1.89 billion), connects Ben Thanh Station in District 1 to Long Binh Depot in Thu Duc City. It features three underground and 11 elevated stations. Despite facing several delays, the project is now over 95% complete and is expected to finish construction later this year, with commercial operations commencing next year.