The Government of Vietnam (GOV) has identified transport, and in particular public transport, as key investment and development area for the next 10 to 20 years. For this, accelerated infrastructure development is needed to support economic activities of the private sector, which in the past decade and a half have been the engine of rapid growth and job creation. The Government gives a high priority to shaping the future urban transport system of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), as an economic initiative that is expected to account for 40% of national GDP in 2010. Reflecting a desire to pre-empt problems that rapid socio-economic development and income improvements are known to bring, the HCMC urban transport master plan targets a system (6 metro lines; 2 monorails; 1 tramway in the urban area; four suburban rail and 2 LRT lines in addition to improving and reorganizing the bus service) in which public transport would carry a 40-45% share of the travel demand in greater HCMC.
The MRT2 Project has a total distance of 11.3 kilometers. It includes approximately 9.5 km underground and 2.53 km elevated sections with a total of 11 stations. A spur-line of 1.1 kilometers connects the main line to a 22-hectare depot complex in Tham Luong. From Tham Luong, MRT2 will be elevated, along the median of Truong Chinh until it reaches the vicinity of Tan Son Nhat airport. A transition section will take it underground just before the intersection with Pham Van Bach. Between Pham Van Bach and the end of the line it will be underground. The underground stations, the garage/turnaround facilities at Ben Thanh and the transition section will be constructed using cut and cover construction method. Between the stations the line will be bored using twin tunnel boring machines (TBM). For the MRT2 project, it is proposed that the works will be split into four main contract packages: (1) tunnel construction, (2) underground station construction, (3) viaduct and depot, and (4) all required electrical and mechanical works.