According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport, as of 2016 the city had only had 1.93 kilometers of road per square kilometer of land.
That number is around six times lower than what is required by Vietnam’s national construction standards, which is 10-13.3km/km2.
The southern metropolis currently spares just under 7,500ha, or 3.58 percent, of its total area for the development of transport infrastructure, while urban planners put the ideal number down to over 22,300ha.
Considering only construction land, this proportion still sits at 8.23% ompared to the planned 22.3%.
Meanwhile, over 70% of roadways in Ho Chi Minh City measure under seven meters in width, posing a challenge for the development of public transport.
Buses and taxis currently meet only 9.3% of the city’s massive commuting needs, while key projects to develop the first bus rapid transit (BRT) and metro line have either been scrapped completely or slowed down due to capital allocation issues.