According to HCMC Transport Department, the trams would reduce air and noise pollution on inner city streets. Also the city will transform Nguyen Hue Street into a pedestrian zone area off limits to cars and motor cycles.

Department of Transport deputy director, Duong Hong Thanh, told local media that the tram project would cover 7.5 km of inner city streets.

However, it will require private sector investment and the May 2015 target date might be optimistic., even if the trams do not require special rails.

There are various options open on how the trams would be operated but the popular one is that they should link streets in the tourist district such as September 23rd Park outside Ben Thanh Market, the backpackers’ area, Me Linh point, Lam Son Square, Le Loi, Nguyen Hue and Le Duan Streets, and the Saigon Zoo. They would probably use motorised trams (extended golf carts) similar to buses but assigned to specific traffic lanes.

The city government has assigned transport officials to work with tourism providers to survey demand.

Hanoi has used electric cars to drive tourists around the West Lake and the Old Quarter. Danang also introduced electric cars for tourists in March 2012. The cars do not run on fixed lines.

By Wanwisa Ngamsangchaikit - TTR Weekly - September 19, 2014