The newly launched water public transport in Phnom Penh city is well accepted by locals according to news from local media. This is a great opportunity to rediscover the capital from a river point of view…
A decade ago, Cambodia’s capital used to be an easily navigable city with car traffic being pretty well managed. However, this is the past and visitors to Phnom Penh are now often stuck in endless clogged streets. The government is thinking about building a MRT to relieve congestion in the capital. An agreement has been signed last year with Japan to build an elevated light railway through the city. But until this project is finalized -and that could last another decade-, solutions have to be found.
As reported by Khmer Times, the government and the operator Royal Rail have recently launched a train passenger service from the airport to the central station, located in the city center.
And according to The Phnom Penh Post, on April 6 Phnom Penh saw the launching of its first water ferry as a public boat service that stops at various locations in and around the capital. The network is relatively small: they are only five stops around the capital -Russey Keo Port, Old Market, Chaktomuk and Chbar Ampov on the other side of the Tonle Sap river- and one stop in nearby Takhmao city in Kandal province.
The ferry fleet includes only three boats and boats’ rides are still limited during the day. There are one to two boats per hour with the last ride provided around 5:30 pm. Travel time from end to end is approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Passengers’ capacity for each boat stands at around 50. Boats are also equipped with air-con.
Free rides are offered until the end of July. From August, a ride will cost Riel 5,400 (US$1.40).
This is however only a first step. More boats would come into service soon, as the government ordered three other units. Ultimately, the route would include 15 stops. The government hopes that the new ferry service will contribute to alleviating traffic congestion in Phnom Penh.
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